How can this buying group help me run my business better?

June 19, 2017 by NetPlus Alliance

“NetPlus Alliance provides the tools our company needs to be competitive in an ever-changing market and build long-lasting, valuable relationships.” Heather Berry, president, Gogel Fastener and Industrial Supply Co.

NetPlus is your classroom for product training and insights on running your business better. With multiple regional and national events, NetPlus helps you connect with and learn from like-minded independent distributors in your region and beyond.

NetPlus also connects its distributor members with service providers in the categories of business development, insurance/finance, marketing, shipping and technology.

Who belongs to NetPlus Alliance?

Members have access to a full list of NetPlus distributors – including contact information – in the NetPlus Portal. Our distributors serve a variety of industries, but the majority serve industrial, MROP, commercial construction, oil field, fastener, safety and welding verticals. Because distributors of all sizes can benefit from NetPlus membership, member distributors range in size from family-run distributorships to very large organizations with multiple locations.

What opportunities does NetPlus provide for distributors to network with other distributors?

Many meet at NetPlus regional and annual meetings and at NetPlus-sponsored supplier trainings then become friends and partners for thinking through current market challenges. Distributors also have the option to become part of an online networking group of about nine fellow distributors. Any member can post a question, and resulting conversations often leading to friendships that are further developed in person at NetPlus events and trade shows.

Do I need to participate in the annual and regional meetings? What are the benefits of attending?

While not mandatory, meetings are strongly encouraged; distributors that are engaged in these events have a proven track record of growth that outperforms the industry, partly because of deeper supplier relationships. NetPlus facilitates tabletop meetings with targeted suppliers (including supplier managers) and offers social activities such as cocktail events, golf tournaments and meals that provide ideal networking opportunities for deepening relationships with fellow distributors and suppliers.

In addition, keynote and guest speakers – which often include top industry consultants – provide ideas that can lead to more profitable business. The annual meeting provides an ideal setting to work on your business rather than just in your business.Our members have reported that attending these events is extremely beneficial. We feel so strongly that you’ll benefit from these meetings that we offer a financial incentive: Through NetPlus’s PointsPlus program, members who attend the annual meeting earn participation points that increase their annual rebate payouts.

Opt in for more information, and to download an informational sheet on the benefits of joining NetPlus Alliance.


Does NetPlus offer connections with business services providers?

Our preferred suppliers and business service providers offer many ways to support your growth strategy. Please visit our business services page for a full list of NetPlus’s preferred service providers. NetPlus hosts web meetings for our members with service providers and consultants covering a variety of business topics. NetPlus also taps the top minds from within these companies to speak at the NetPlus annual meeting to cover relevant and timely topics specific to the market and industry. NetPlus’s quarterly newsletter, the ITR Advisor, also provides distributors with valuable information, focusing on the latest economic and market trends.

Does NetPlus offers e-commerce support?

Deciding how your company needs to be represented on the internet and how to achieve that representation can be a big task. NetPlus has preferred business services providers that can help you take the first steps. Supplier programs offer complete storefronts, custom sites and plug-and-play options that can have you up and running in less than two days. Some suppliers even provide content if needed.

Ready to get started?

Please visit our Getting Started with NetPlus page to learn about membership criteria, pricing and next steps or to request a membership application.
Joining NetPlus is simple. After you request an application by filling out the form on this page, we’ll reach out to you to help you assess whether NetPlus is the best solution for your company.

Still have questions?

Complete the contact form on this page to have NetPlus contact you with more information, or visit the FAQ pages linked below for more answers to our most frequently-asked questions.

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