French Gerleman’s New Mobile App: UPC Scanner

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French Gerleman’s New Mobile App: UPC Scanner

Today most manufacturer products include a UPC (barcode). When you’re looking to replace an existing item or replenish inventory, the French Gerleman UPC scanner can help you quickly locate the products you need.

Ordering a product from French Gerleman is easy.  Simply scan the UPC with your phone using the UPC scanner built into our mobile app. If the product is in our inventory of 36,000+ SKUs, the app will bring up the product and you can directly add it to your cart.

Not only can you easily match and order the right product with the UPC scanner, you can also check real-time inventory.

Use the scanner and more features with the French Gerleman app, now available for Android or iOS. To learn more about our app, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


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French Gerleman’s New Mobile App: My Product Groups

French Gerleman’s new mobile app focuses on providing speed, convenience and mobility. The app has many features that personalize your experience so you can quickly find the product you are seeking.

If you consistently order the same products from French Gerleman, you can group them together to make them easier to locate and reorder in the future. These groups can be completely personalized based on your needs. Want different lists for lighting fixtures, conduit, fittings, cleaners and more? There’s no limit to the number of groups you can create or the number of items you include in each group.

You can set up your product groups either on the website or in the app. If you set up your groups at a desktop, they will show up on your app and you can easily add them to your cart to order, and change quantities based on your needs.

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Use it on your phone or tablet based on what is most convenient for you. For more information about the app, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


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French Gerleman’s Upcoming Holiday Hours

The holiday season is upon us and French Gerleman will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving

  • Thursday, November 23
  • Friday, November 24

Christmas

  • Monday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 26

New Year’s Day

  • Friday, December 29
    • St. Louis – closing at Noon
    • Kansas City – closing at Noon
    • Columbia, MO – closing at Noon
    • Washington, MO – Closed all day
    • Springfield, MO – Closed all day
    • Quincy, IL – closing at Noon
  • Monday, January 1- Closed

 

When it comes to production lines and facility downtime, we know every minute counts. As a reminder, after-hours emergency services are available around the clock on holidays and weekends and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Monday through Friday.  Access our emergency service team by calling your local branch:

St. Louis:  800-333-3122 or 314-569-3122

Kansas City:  800-707-3122 or 913-894-8844

Columbia, MO:  800-283-3122 or 573-474-4194

Washington, MO:  888-959-9448 or 636-390-4949

Springfield, MO:  855-763-9311 or 417-799-0200

Quincy, IL:  800-234-3122 or 217-223-3122

An automated attendant will answer. Follow the prompts to reach our on-call representative. A service charge may be applied.

We appreciate your business, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.


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French Gerleman Launches New Online Ordering Website & Mobile App

We understand getting the products and information you need for a project or job should be fast, easy and convenient. That’s why we designed our new website and mobile app around the specific business requirements of today’s busy industry professionals. Our enhanced e-Commerce platform offers instant access to more than $24 million of in-stock products, images and specification information.

Save time and consolidate your purchase orders with French Gerleman. You’ll have instant access to more than 40 product categories including the latest products and technologies in Automation, Electrical Supply, Datacom, Power Transmission and Safety. Plus, we’ll keep you updated on relevant training options, upcoming events and new products that help streamline your business and make you more profitable.

The new frenchgerleman.com focuses on three core customer requirements – speed, convenience and increased mobility.

Speed

We offer several online options designed to quickly get you to the information you need:

  • Predictive Search – Available options displayed as you type in product numbers.
  • Product Attributes – Quickly narrow and refine your product search results by specific attributes.
  • Price and Availability – Instant access to account pricing and real-time inventory levels
  • Customer Part Numbers (CPN) – Search for products by your unique part number.
  • Product Groups – Create lists of products you order most often.
  • Quick Order Pad – Enter part numbers freeform and add to cart.
  • e-Quote – Review and approve quote online and place order online.
  • Punchout – Access and integrate frenchgerleman.com through your procurement platform.

Convenience

We’ve included a variety of online features designed to make your online experience convenient and simple:

  • Locations, Maps & Phone Numbers – Instant access to important branch information.
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service – Available after hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Events & Training – List of upcoming activities and online registration.
  • Manufacturer Search – View available products by manufacturer.
  • Credit Card Payment – Convenient credit card payment and procurement options.
  • Order History – View all orders placed on or offline. Multiple search options available.
  • Order Confirmations – Receive an e-mail confirmation confirming all your order details.
  • Shipment Tracking – Access a tracking number for all UPS and FedEx shipments.
  • Delivery Notifications – Know when you order has arrived at the jobsite or for a pending project.
  • Request Quote – Looking for something unique? Submit an online quote request.
  • Return Request – Have a need to return product? Start the process with an online request.
  • Account Dashboard – Manage all your account options through a convenient dashboard.
  • My Saved Cart – Save your cart(s) and place your order(s) at a later time or date.
  • Blog – Get current news about services, events, trends and new products.

Mobility

Whether you’re in a warehouse, on a job site, or just need to place an order after normal business hours, French Gerleman offers online options that meet your growing expectations for increased mobility:

  • Responsive Design – Website is configured to adapt to multiple platforms and devices ensuring a user-friendly experience.
  • Phone App (Android & iPhone) – Access important account information from your phone, scan bar codes and add products to your shopping cart, forward product photos and information for quote requests.

To get started, visit frenchgerleman.com/register. If you’re a current customer, we’ll match your online registration request with your active account information. Allow 24 hours for account set-up and e-mail confirmation. If you’re new to French Gerleman, you can order via credit card or submit an online credit application to be considered for open account terms.


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Staying Ahead of the Electrical Trends and Standards

Last month, at our St. Louis branch, we offered customers the chance to learn about the latest trends and standards within the electrical industry at our Trends and Standards Update. Attendees gained knowledge on the latest innovative products that can help customers stay compliant with standards and the latest trends to help drive safety, technology and efficiency.

These high-level presentations offered cutting edge solutions to help customers stay ahead of the electrical trends and standards.  The seminar offered updates from Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, Hubbell Wiring Device- Kellems and LUTZE.

These presentations covered the following:

Mersen covered SCCR codes and standards, including UL 508A standards. The UL 508A marking confirms that the industrial control panel has been certified by inspection. If the UL 508A’s construction requirements are followed, then a panel builder is eligible to have their panel listed by UL. Mersen also explained short circuit current rating (SSCR) and the importance of properly labeling panels for Arc Flash compliance.

SolaHD has updated its SDU Series DIN rail AC UPS. Their A Series still combines an industry leading compact design with a wide operation temperature range and unique installation options. The SDU provides protection from impulses and power interruptions that could be potentially damaging. This updated product also offers a new interchangeable optional “COMM Card” accessory, that allows communication between fieldbus protocols and industrial Ethernet. SolaHD has also introduced a new CF Relay Card option that has replaced the RELAYCARDSDU option.

Thomas & Betts has created an evolution of compression tools. Their Color-Keyed coding system allows high quality UL-compliant connections at a low installed cost. Thomas & Betts covered the basics on how to properly prepare cable, determine the proper connector, choose the correct tool/die and crimp inspection. They covered how the Thomas & Betts Blackburn Color-Keyed® compression connector system can make inspections and certified installations easier.

Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems recently released the first UL Listed pop-up receptacle for countertops. To protect against spills, the receptacle assembly is sealed with patent pending silicone gaskets to repel liquids in both the down and up positions. The countertop receptacle is UL Listed to 498 Section 146 to be water resistant to a half gallon of liquid spilled on the device.

Hubbell also recently introduced both their Advantage Pin & Sleeve product line to promote safety and provide line of site disconnect and their inSIGHT Circuit-Lock™ Disconnects with LED indicators to promote workplace safety and improve troubleshooting time.

LUTZE covered the evolving NFPA 79 standard. The recent changes to this standard aligns with IEC 60204-1. A change to Section 6.6 states that an arc flash hazard warning requires “warning qualified individuals of a potential arc flash hazard” pertaining to emergency stop or emergency off situations. New work space rules for enclosures with feeder conductors have been revised to align with section 110.26 of the NEC. To help users avoid dangerous errors the requirement for “width of working space” has been revised to specify the required opening and clearance into the control cabinet. LUTZE has a variety of cable offerings that meet the NFPA 79 standard.

Be sure to check out our website for information on upcoming events.  If you have questions or would like more information on products or concepts covered in this recent event, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.

 


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Convenient Electronic and Online Options for Your Business from French Gerleman

Looking for ways to save time, money and ultimately, make your life, and job easier? You have enough on your plate, and we want to help streamline the process and make the experience working with French Gerleman as simple and convenient as possible. That is why we offer a wide array of electronic and online options!

Technology is constantly changing and advancing, and we want to provide valuable business tools to help you manage your account information and transactions with us.  We have convenient order and Invoice management as well as e-Commerce Solutions that are quick and easy.

In this blog, we will highlight options that are currently available to help build our business partnership. For full details and specifics on our offerings, you can download our Electronic & Online Options brochure HERE.

  • Online Credit Application: Request an account with open payment terms.
  • Electronic Invoicing: Free electronic invoicing, receive statements on invoices faster.
  • Online Payments- Automated Clearing House (ACH): Pay your invoices online and eliminate paper clutter, as well as review invoice history and account balances…
  • Electronic Data Interface (EDI): Receive data from your company via EDI, receive electronic orders, order acknowledgements and invoices.
  • Online Ordering: Order the products you need online with real-time product availability and pricing.
  • Credit Card Payment: Pay using Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover cards.
  • Request Quote: Request quotes for your unique item and we’ll respond with availability and pricing.
  • Shipment Notifications: Know when products are being shipped to your warehouse or job site.
  • Return Goods Authorization Request: Easily request a return authorization.
  • eQuote: Access your quotes online for up to 60 days.
  • Punchout: Automate ordering directly from your internal procurement system.

In addition to our electronic and online business options, we offer training on the latest technologies to help increase your company’s return on investment. We offer courses to help you effectively implement your automation, datacom, electrical supply, power transmission and safety investments. We can also create custom and private training.  Contact us for more information.

To discuss available electronic or online options, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or visit us online at frenchgerleman.com/EZTDBW.  Don’t have an account manager?  Call 800-333-3122 to learn more.

 


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Get Rewards for Your French Gerleman Loyalty

We wanted to find a way to thank you for your loyalty to French Gerleman and what better way than with an exclusive rewards program! We’re happy to announce and give you a first look at our re-launched Counter Rewards program. We’ve had the Counter Rewards cards in the past, and due to popular demand, we’ve decided to bring it back.

With our Counter Rewards Card, you will receive one (1) stamp for every $200 spent on in-stock products at a French Gerleman Sales Counter. Limit eight (8) stamps per order. Once you fill out your card (12 stamps), you can choose from a list of rewards, including gift cards to Bass Pro Shop, Best Buy, Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings, Target and Fandango (movie tickets); seasonal French Gerleman merchandise items (t-shirts, hats, mugs); and much more. Prizes are subject to availability, but there will always be a variety to choose from. As a part of the new Counter Rewards program, you will also receive advanced notice of promotions and events through “Members Only” e-mails.

Customers must register for the program to get their initial reward card. You can download the Enrollment Form HERE  or visit frenchgerleman.com/rewards for more information.

Simply fill out the enrollment form and turn it in at any French Gerleman Sales Counter to receive your Rewards Card. As a bonus, you’ll receive two (2) stamps just for registering! You’ll receive another one (1) bonus stamp for giving us your e-mail address. Sounds pretty good, right?

Keep in mind, every program has guidelines.  Please be sure to check out the back of the enrollment form for program details.  And, most importantly, make sure your employer is OK with your participation.

Thank you for continued support of French Gerleman! We hope you enjoy our Counter Rewards program.  Be sure to let us know what kind of gift cards and rewards you would like to see included. We’d love to hear your feedback!

The 2017 Counter Rewards Program is sponsored by the following vendor partners:


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Two Electrical Expo Events- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Spring is the season of renewal. A fresh start. Learning, growing and experiencing new things. This year, we will be ushering in Spring by supporting two informational and educational expos.

The first event is the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois (EBMI) Electrical Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. This event will take place on March 21-22. As EBMI members, we are excited to be on hand for this event and to participate in the seminars and visit with many of our great vendors.

Following the EBMI Expo, we will be sponsoring the Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS, on April 11-12. Make sure to save the date, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet with vendors, hear the latest industry news and attend the popular seminars.

Here are the details on the upcoming Expos:

Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois Electrical Expo

March 21-22, 2017

St. Charles Convention Center – St. Charles, MO

Tuesday, March 21: 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

This EBMI Electrical Expo held only once every three years and attracts manufacturers from across the country to the area. At this event, you can visit more than 200 exhibits and take part in educational sessions to learn more about key products, learn about new industry codes and earn PDH/PEU credits.

Event Features:

  • 12 seminars are offered during the two-day event, offering PDH and PEU credits. Sessions cover a wide variety of topics including: preventive maintenance, plant cyber security, lighting, code changes and much more.
  • Visit with 200+ vendors for a first look at new products.
  • Network with associates from all segments of the electrical industry.

If you’re looking for a way to attend and don’t live in the metro area, French Gerleman will be offering transportation from Columbia, MO, and Quincy, IL, to the St. Charles Convention Center. As members of EBMI, we will be hosting a hospitality suite in conjunction with Expo, so feel free to stop by and visit with the French Gerleman team.  Watch for information coming soon.

The Expo is free to attend, but there is a cost to attend the educational seminars.  If you register early, you can save on the cost of the educational seminars. When you register for this Expo, please note French Gerleman as your referring distributor.

Featured exhibitors include: Appleton, Eaton’s B-Line Business, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, Mersen, SolaHD, Thomas & Betts, General Cable, Lutze, Dialight, Acuity (Lithonia Lighting), Philips Lighting, Fluke, Greenlee, Ideal, Universal Lighting Technologies, Panduit, Spectrum Controls, Nord, WEG and APC.

You can see the full list of exhibitors HERE. For more information, visit http://www.electricalboard.org/2017-expo-information/.

Electric League of Missouri & Kansas Expo

April 11-12, 2017

Overland Park Convention Center – Overland Park, KS

Tuesday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For our Kansas and western Missouri friends, this event is for you! The Electric League of Missouri & Kansas is hosting a free, two-day educational event at the Overland Park Convention center, and French Gerleman is proud to be a sponsor. This Expo is held once every three years, and features educational seminars, vendor exhibits, door prizes and much more.

Breakout sessions will be held in each morning and will include both educational seminars and premiere lighting sessions. Other training highlights include: arc flash compliance, CPR training and more to be announced over the coming weeks. Following the morning sessions, there will be a lunch break as well as a trade show networking event on Tuesday evening.

The list of exhibitors will be announced soon. For up-to-date event details, visit http://www.electricleague.org/tradeshow/trade_show.html

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you at one of these two upcoming Expos!


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French Gerleman to Open New Branch in Springfield, MO

We’re kicking off 2017 at French Gerleman with the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO! We’re excited to continue our growth and expand into this new territory. Here are the details on our new branch:

St. Louis, MO, January 12, 2017 – French Gerleman, an independent regional distributor of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services, is excited to announce the opening of a new branch in Springfield, MO, at 764 North Miller. This expansion into Springfield is the company’s sixth branch. The Springfield branch is expected to open in late March of 2017.

Catering to the Southwestern Missouri area, the Springfield branch will offer products and services covering automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and personal and machine safety.  French Gerleman is the exclusive distributor of Siemens Automation in Western Missouri and Kansas.

Located near I-44 and Chestnut Expressway, the facility will include office and warehouse space, as well as a large in-house sales counter open to the public.

About French Gerleman:

French Gerleman is the region’s leading supplier of automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety products and services to industrial, commercial and construction markets.  Based in St. Louis, MO, French Gerleman has locations in Kansas City; Quincy, IL; Columbia, MO; and Washington, MO. With nearly 100 years in the industry, French Gerleman is a recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2016 Family Business Award. For more information, visit www.frenchgerleman.com.

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Thanksgiving Celebrations Abound at French Gerleman

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We have a lot to be thankful for at French Gerleman. This time of year, we like to take some time to reflect on the things and people we are most thankful for, and to celebrate the season. This year, we have much for which to be thankful, including our families, friends, wonderful employees and the support of our customers.

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This past week, our Kansas City, St. Louis, Quincy and Columbia branches hosted Thanksgiving lunches for our employees to show our appreciation for their hard work throughout the year. We had a great time eating and spending time together as the extended French Gerleman family. French Gerleman provided the turkeys and the sides and desserts were pot luck style, with employees sharing their favorite dishes. It was a fun way to sample holiday favorites and learn more about the French Gerleman team. As you can see in the pictures, we had TONS of fantastic food.

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We would like to send out a big, heartfelt thank you to our employees. We are extremely fortunate to have a team of passionate and dedicated employees who embrace our culture, work hard to serve our customers and give back to the community.

Thank you to our customers who have supported us now for nearly 100 years. It’s because of you that we received the recent St. Louis Business Journal’s Family Business Award and what has helped us continue to grow, year after year.

From all of us at French Gerleman, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends and enjoy this holiday.