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Mobile apps in distribution

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A selection of the currently available mobile apps from wholesaler-distributors. Not comprehensive but representative. Additional edits to come

A selection of the currently available mobile apps from wholesaler-distributors. Not comprehensive but representative. Additional edits to come

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  • 1. What is in here? A sample of some of the ‘currently’ available mobile apps in wholesale distribution – current as of September 21, 2012 This is not comprehensive and does not contain any opinions / assessments This does contain screenshots and descriptions of the features available via the apps Screenshots and descriptions captured from either the Apple iTunes store, or the Google Play site My plan is to continue adding to this material as more distributors launch apps I also plan to add retail and other industry apps for comparison The apps are shown in alphabetical order by company name1 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 2. AvnetFEATURES:• Mobile application for Avnets Supply Chain Central.• Search your Supply Chain Central orders and view details and tracking information for them• Categories of orders that can be searched are: • Open • Past promise date • Canceled • Closed • In transit • Recently shipped • Shipped within 30 days • Upcoming, and • Potentially delinquent2 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 3. Baker DistributingFEATURES:• Model Component Breakdown – Search for an HVAC equipment model, see the list of internal components, check availability at Baker Distributing locations.• Instantly know Product Availability at nearby Baker Distributing stores• Push notifications of Special Offers and Promotions• Scan QR Code & UPC Bar Codes for product look upd• Turn by Turn driving directions to company locations• Built in Flashlight3 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 4. Digi-Key• Application is designed to help source electronic components• Design engineers passkey to one of the worlds largest inventories of in-stock electronic components.FEATURES:• Search over 1.6 million products.• Create lists of parts using shopping carts• Place your order.• Get product specifications and view product photos.• View Digi-Key, manufacturer and supplier provided product and informational videos• Datasheets can be saved for offline viewing and to allow for emailing messages with automatically created part and datasheet hyperlinks.• Create packing lists from invoiced orders and receive them quickly and easily with barcode scanning technology and your devices camera.• Find part details quickly by scanning the barcode• Access My Digi-Key account.• Learn about new products and more.4 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 5. Elliott Electrical SupplyFEATURES:• View our complete print catalog• View the Electric Times (our monthly promotions)• Locate the nearest Elliott Electric Supply location• Contact information for sales, account info, or our helpdesk• Links to www.elliottelectric.com• Send feedback and suggestions for new features within the app• With EES Customer Account: • Check order status • Send photos, questions, and feedback to your EES representative• References: • Copper Price Charts • Conduit Bending Reference • Conduit Fill Calculator • UL Fuse Classification Chart • Electrical Conversion Calculator/Formulas • Calculate Voltage Drop5 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 6. FastenalFEATURES:• Find the nearest Fastenal branch6 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 7. Ferguson EnterprisesFEATURES:• The Ferguson Locations app uses your phone’s GPS and your current location to quickly find the closest Ferguson store. The app provides clear maps, driving directions, and gives you the option to direct dial the store from your phone.7 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 8. GraingerFEATURES:• Product Search: with ‘Narrow Your Search Results’• Voice Search: ‘One quarter horsepower Dayton motor’• Product Reviews: customer ratings and reviews of products• Real Time Product Availability: expected ship arrival date or find out which nearby branches have it in stock.• Integrated Cart: what you do on your phone is also available on your desktop, and vice versa. Add products to your cart before you hit the road and confirm when you arrive at the job site, open the app to access your cart and check out.• Quick Item Entry: Already know the quantity and Grainger item number of the products you need to order? Add them to your cart without having to start a search.• Checkout: Save shipping and billing information• My Inbox: approve pending Order Management System orders remotely.• My Lists: Access personal and shared lists from Grainger.com for reorders.• My Orders: Access orders placed online within the past 6 months to check status or reorder.• Find a Branch: Locate branches based on location, zip code, area code or state… turn-by-turn directions.8 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 9. Hirsch Pipe & SupplyFEATURES:9 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 10. PlattFEATURES:• Locate branches near you• Take photo, Get information about it• Access account information• Added features to Standard Orders• QR Code Scanning• Designed for iPad• Improved product refine• Sort• Standard Orders• Specs• Bill Pay10 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 11. Poolcorp• POOL360, Poolcorp, SCP Pools, SPP, HDI, pool chemicals, irrigation, pool parts• Users need to have an existing account with Poolcorp company• The POOL360 Mobile Android app extends the ability of the swimming pool, landscape and irrigation professionals to serve their customers by providing real-time product searching and ordering while on the go.11 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 12. PoolcorpFEATURES:• Search >160,000 national brand and private label products• Check inventory of stock at local sales center, all central shipping locations, or across the entire network.• Parts break down list including schematics on many of the popular manufacturers’ products.• Suggested accessories for products.• Full access to order templates already created on the POOL360 website.• UPC Product look with built in scanner.• Multi-Tasking enabled.• Shared Shopping Cart with POOL360 website.• Place orders for in-store pick up or delivery to job site.12 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 13. TTI• The TTI, Inc. app for Android devices enables on the go access to TTI’s deep and broad inventory of electronic components.• This application is designed to help visitors search for parts, view product datasheets, procure parts, submit quote requests and obtain order status information.FEATURES:• Search TTI Inc’s inventory of products• Request quotes for desired parts• Obtain product specifications• View descriptive pictures of parts• Place orders direct from our mobile device• Contact your TTI representative13 © 2012 IBM Corporation
  • 14. Leading distributors are taking decisive actions and investing to position themselves for an increasingly complex future Guy Blissett Wholesale Distribution Lead Guy.Blissett@us.ibm.com (917) 224-986814 © 2012 IBM Corporation