Monday, August 11, 2008

The Distributor Green Specialist?

In the past couple of weeks we have noted electrical distributors making the move toward green products, industrial distributors moving toward green packaging and Distribution giant Grainger announcing that their green based products - from toilets to who knows what - selling like the proverbial hotcakes.

When we think about the office environment, computers and associated equipment must be a big spend. The U.S. Government is requiring green ratings on their computer purchases in the future. And, distributors are responding. I see a day when distributors may think about employing a Distributor Specialist who supports the sales of green products.

The following comes from TWICE.com (The Week in Consumer Electronics):

Santa Ana, Calif. — Ingram Micro has launched a service to help resellers identify “green” electronic products.
The distributor’s North American arm has updated its product database to include information from nonprofit Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating system that evaluates desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on 51 environmental performance criteria.
According to the company, the database now includes bronze, silver or gold EPEAT rankings along with other product data to enable resellers to easily identify environmentally preferable computer products.

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