Today procurement professionals face the challenge of improving operational efficiencies and procuring more materials – all within compressed time frames and limited resources. With a broad spectrum of electrical, lamps, lighting, power and safety products from industry leaders, we stock a comprehensive product offering for your power distribution and control, lighting, building management, facility maintenance and protection needs.
Through the new contract award by lead public agency County of Los Angeles, Graybar now also offers services that will include, but are not limited to: inventory control, technical support, eBusiness, contract compliance, emergency preparedness, engineering assistance, systems analysis, product replacement, system retrofits or upgrades, installation and integrated services. These services will help participating agencies power and network their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. Services will be provided through established relationships with existing Graybar suppliers, contractors, integrators or agency preferred companies.
At Graybar, our goal is simple. We listen to what you need, we connect you to the right product or service and then we deliver on our word. It’s how Graybar works to your advantage.
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Pricing applies to normally stocked Graybar materials. Discounts are based on Graybar List Price or Cost in effect at time of order. The majority of pricing on the Graybar contracts is based on a list less discount structure. Cost-Plus discounting is used for market sensitive commodities and lighting fixtures. Not-To-Exceed discounting is used for value added services and material with no list price in our system. Graybar cannot sell at levels above the base contract price and reserves the right to offer a lesser discount for projects, or where large quantity discounts or localized supplier negotiations are available. Pricing was established through competitive solicitation process with Los Angeles County, CA. Our Pricing Commitment through Los Angeles County and U.S. Communities agreements dictate that Graybar lead with the U.S. Communities contract first and foremost for any opportunity within the applicable government procurement segment. Our contracts represent pricing discounts from an extensive list of best-in-class suppliers offering unique opportunities to streamline your supply chain and find innovative or integrated solutions.
Graybar uses our Delivery Advantage program, a mobile resource management system that tracks and documents deliveries made by Graybar drivers. Developed with customer input, the Graybar Delivery Advantage enables us to provide customers with real-time delivery status and other valuable details on incoming deliveries.
Our innovative system gives you critical details on incoming deliveries, including:
Graybar drivers gather delivery information using their mobile phones – running Xora Time Track service – while the built-in GPS tracks the driver’s location. To check on a delivery, you just contact your customer service representative for complete details.
Graybar uses the order consolidation process when items for a single customer order are being obtained from various sources and are to be re-shipped as one shipment to the customer. The items are transferred to a Graybar branch location, from one or more Graybar shipping locations, for reshipment to the customer on a single Graybar invoice number. The Graybar invoice number at the receiving location may also include items from its own local inventory. Consolidation orders may incur shipping charges.
Who can participate?
Eligible agencies include: States, State Agencies, Counties, Cities, Special Districts, K-12 Public & Private Schools, Public & Private Colleges and Universities & Non-Profits.
Does the pricing meet competitive bid requirements?
Through cooperative purchasing laws, the U.S. Communities pricing, by virtue of its public bid language, meets the requirements for bidding in all states except Louisiana. This allows agencies to use the pricing without taking the time to create bid documents, entertain multiple vendor inquiries and document the bids. Placing the order through Graybar allows them to utilize a quality vendor repetitively without the cost of using unknown or less reliable vendors.
Does the competitive pricing apply, regardless of quantity?
Using Graybar and the U.S. Communities program assures an agency they are getting a very competitive price on any size order. Therefore, driving smaller quantity orders along with larger ones to Graybar provides the agency with maximum value for everything purchased. There are no costs, minimum quantity requirements or spend limits associated with using the Graybar U.S. Communities program.
Is the pricing from a local government competitively solicited agreement?
The U.S. Communities pricing is the same pricing used to win the electrical and comm/data public bids for the County of Los Angeles, California. The County of Los Angeles is the largest county in the United States and spends more money than 44 states do! Therefore, your agency can buy at these same levels regardless of their size. While every price is not the lowest in the country, the overall competitiveness of the agreement is outstanding.
How does it save time and money?
The key value for the agency is resource savings. Most agencies today are spread thinner than ever. Agencies are downsizing administrative departments and retiring or departing purchasing and maintenance positions are left unfilled. The Graybar U.S. Communities program provides a mechanism to save the time and costs associated with obtaining quotes or preparing bids. The time savings allow the department to accomplish its work tasks more efficiently with the personnel on hand.
How can my agency become a participating U.S. Communities member?
Click on the Register link and complete the quick and easy registration process.
Rob Rhoads | Strategic Account Manager
Graybar East Regions
Office (314) 573-7159 | Mobile (202) 445-8992
Jeff Peskuski | Strategic Account Manager
Graybar West Regions
Office (314) 573-7154 | Mobile (630) 640-4905
It takes a lot more than an outlet on the wall to bring the power of electricity and communications to a building. It takes boxes and fittings, connectors and fasteners, wire and cable management, grounding and insulation, safety and protection, switchgear and distribution, high & low voltage transmission, poles and towers. Graybar with Thomas & Betts can provide this and more to help keep your facilities running smoothly.
EVs Are Coming! Is Your City Ready?
Did you know?
While it's true that studies show most people will prefer to recharge their EVs at home, there are many practical reasons why it will be necessary to provide public charging capabilities where people work, shop and play.
Plus, many municipalities are now tasked with developing plans that lower greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time reducing operating budgets. Adopting and implementing an EV charging infrastructure can help accomplish both. EVs operate with zero or significantly reduced CO2 emissions, and have much lower operating costs than conventional vehicles. By encouraging residents to adopt EVs, and converting municipal fleets to EVs, you"ll be able to meet the needs of your municipality's sustainability initiatives.
There is one other issue municipalities will have to consider. With the increase in electric vehicle usage, they must anticipate a reduction in gasoline tax revenue. As tax and other revenues decrease, an electric vehicle charging infrastructure solution can enable new replacement revenue streams for municipality services.
Evr-Green public electric vehicle recharging stations, coupled with the ChargePoint® Network location suite of software services, are the perfect solution for creating the proper infrastructure. Learn more about Electric Vehicle Charging: