5 Time Management Tips from W.W. Grainger, Inc. for Operations and Maintenance Pros

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North America’s leading facilities maintenance company, Grainger, has worked with customers for decades and found easy ways for you to put time back into your day and efficiently manage your business. These five tips can help you save time by coordinating tools like the new Grainger mobile web site with tools you’ve used for decades like Grainger.com and the Grainger catalog.

Regardless of whether it is a hammer, computer or smartphone, a tool is not helpful unless it to works the way you need it to work.

According to Forrester Research, in the U.S. alone, there were nearly 100 million smartphones by the end of 2011. New mobile technology is changing how people control the information important to them.

Here are five tips from Grainger, North America’s leading facilities maintenance company, to help you think about how to make technology work for you and, most importantly, help you put time back into your day and efficiently manage your business.

1. Technology Should Work the Way You Work
Fifty-one percent of Americans used their cell phone to go online in the last month. By 2014, more people will find information online using cell phones rather than desktops. Take advantage of sites like Grainger’s new mobile website which improves your access to critical features on Grainger.com® no matter your location – job site, truck, plant floor, garage or maintenance shop. Grainger’s mobile web platform and enhancements to Grainger.com® make online experiences faster, easier and more personal.

2. Don’t Put Things Off – Get Answers When You Need Them
Today, most operations and maintenance professionals spend less time at their desks. To be the most effective, make sure you have access to resources where you need them, when you need them. For some, that may mean starting to shop in the office on Grainger.com®, then working with a partner who wants to use the Grainger catalog like they have for decades, or being in the field alongside associates and using a mobile phone to find the right product and ordering it on the spot. Your resources should be interactive as well. Features like click to chat, can provide immediate answers to help complete projects quickly.

3. One Minute of Set Up = Hours of Time Saved.
Also according to Forrester Research, businesses can save $10 - $20 per order when they automate purchasing processes. The Grainger.com® Online Ordering Solutions offer an efficient way to shop for and order supplies, keep track of how much you’re spending, and integrate your order process.

4. Multi-Task. It Can Be Fun, Or At Least Easy.
Standing in line: Use your smartphone to check e-mails or review and approve the orders in your in-box. On the job site and need a product: use your smartphone to search for products. Grainger continues to invest in eCommerce to provide features such as Real-Time Product Availability that answer questions such as: Do they have it? Where can I get it? How can I get it?

5. Don’t Start From Scratch Every Time You Start a New Project
Do you perform the same task over and over again? Then, create a short cut. Use tools like Grainger’s personal lists that let you create lists for specific items that you order frequently. More than a simple list, you use your personal lists to quickly place orders, share your lists with people working with you, and keep a record of your previous purchases for fast accounting later.

Regardless of whether it is a hammer, computer or smartphone technology, a tool is not helpful unless it to works the way you need it to work. Combine your resources to customize how you shop, buy and have products delivered. Grainger lets you access almost one million products in the way that works best for you and your business – Grainger mobile web, Grainger.com®, Grainger Catalog 403, or in person with your local branch or sales representative.

Want more tips on how to save time and money? Visit Grainger’s interactive fact sheet, “Time + Talent = Time Saved” for guides, videos and fact sheets to help you integrate all of your Grainger resources.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. with 2011 sales of $8.1 billion is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations. For more information about the company, visit http://www.grainger.com/news.


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