Lockport, NY - NetPlus Alliance, a North American buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors, hosted its first regional planning sessions in Texas last week.
Brought upon by the group’s newly added distributor and supplier advisory councils, the regional planning sessions were organized by NetPlus Alliance Vice President of Development, Todd Washburn.
“The meetings were productive and allowed the distributor representatives to create and enhance relationships with the local supplier representatives from each manufacturer,” noted Washburn. Some of the attending manufacturers included Maudlin Products, Bosch Power Tools, Saint Gobain Abrasives, Motorola, Complete Environmental Products, Brighton Best, Drillco and Newell Rubbermaid.
Two separate meetings were held in Houston and in Arlington, Texas, with pre-scheduled sessions for marketing planning and new sales opportunities. Brenda Wood, from Western Supply in Wichita Falls, TX, has been a NetPlus Alliance Member since 2006. “The meeting was incredibly productive, said Wood. My sales associate and I only spent one day away from the office and we met with several potential new manufacturers. We were exposed to new product lines that we wouldn’t have looked at before that can help us grow our business,” she added.
Upcoming meetings are being planned for the Erie, PA, Columbus, OH and New England areas. “Over time, the participation of our distributors in these localized meetings will help us to build engagement and deliver a focused distributor base for NetPlus Suppliers. In the age of social media and technology, our industry is still a relationship-based business,” Washburn added.
About NetPlus Alliance
Founded in 2002, NetPlus Alliance is a buying and marketing group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors across North America. Over 130 manufacturers, wholesalers and service providers engage with 425 distributor members for improved relationships, growth and profit through group-negotiated programs. NetPlus Alliance supports a broad spectrum of categories, including: abrasives, adhesives, anchors, casters, chemicals, cutting tools, fasteners, hand tools, hoists, hoses, janitorial supplies, ladders, machine tools, material handling, paints, power tools, safety, saw blades, tape and film products, vending, and welding equipment.