SupplyForce Merges with Vanguard National Alliance to Pursue National Integrated Supply

Through Vanguard, SupplyForce gains members covering every Rockwell APR in North America. “Besides Rockwell, we have 20 members who have Schneider, we’ve got GE, Siemens,” Ludlam said. “If a customer wants to buy something, we have an authorized channel for it.”

It’s been about two decades since integrated supply was the main buzzword causing worry among industrial electrical distributors — the days when everyone who wanted to play in the market for industrial maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supplies felt the need to find acquisitions and alliances that would allow them to present customers the full package of MRO goods from a single source. In the wake of that craze, many of the attempts at integrated supply foundered and went

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