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Grainger releases app for online product ordering from mobile devices

Aug. 24, 2012
W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., now has a free mobile app for iPhone and Android smart phones that provides instant access to the company's 900,000 products. Customers can use the app to search for products, see account pricing, check product ...

W.W. Grainger Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., now has a free mobile app for iPhone and Android smart phones that provides instant access to the company's 900,000 products. Customers can use the app to search for products, see account pricing, check product availability, locate Grainger branches and order products.

In a press release announcing the availablilty of the app, Geoffrey Robertson, Grainger V.P. of ecommerce strategy and planning, said, “We find that many people work away from their desks. By allowing these customers access to Grainger's products anytime and anywhere, Grainger's mobile technology helps them work more efficiently. We are moving beyond the standard trend of using mobile for information-gathering and leveraging it to help companies manage their workflow.”

Several interesting features of the app include a voice search feature powered by Nuance's cloud-based Dragon voice recognition technology; information on real-time product availability, so customers can find out when a product will ship or if it is available for pickup at a nearby Grainger branch; and access to orders placed online within the last six months, so customers can check order status and reorder using the “My Orders” feature. The iPhone version of the Grainger mobile app is available at the Apple App Store and the Android version of the app is available on Google Play. Details