Grainger opens first master branch in China
Grainger, a North American provider of facility maintenance products, announced Tuesday the opening of its first facility in China. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Minhang, the facility will initially stock approximately 20,000 products. Guaranteed availability of products in multiple categories will make it easy and convenient for customers to get the right solution when they need it, the company reported.
Grainger also recently published a Chinese language catalogue featuring all the products carried in the master branch and has launched a Website at www.grainger.com.cn, making it easy for customers in China to find and order everything they need from one source.
"Grainger is honored to be a part of the rapidly expanding economy in China," said Richard L. Keyser, chairman and CEO of Grainger. "As global and local businesses grow in (China), they need suppliers they can rely on to provide them with a broad range of quality products when and where needed. We look forward to serving businesses in China, giving them no reason to turn to anyone but Grainger for all their facility maintenance needs."
Grainger's presence in Shanghai has multiple aspects. The new master branch in Minhang reflects Grainger's strengths in North America. With
12,000 square meters of space, the master branch provides customers with products in several categories including electrical, lighting, tools, test & instruments, pneumatics, plumbing, material handling, safety, security, metal working and HVAC.
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