The ten senior managers who are here today, sitting in front of you and the three in the back in the last three to five years are new to the company, will have a fundamentally new or expanded operating roles. So, we absolutely are a people business. We continue to invest in our people. We’ve now launched something called WESCO University which will develop over the next decade which is a compilation of our training capabilities and programs. For us, the town equation is a key differentiator in our ability to serve customers and provide them value, sustainable value over the mid to long term.
Now, let’s shift to One WESCO. So, what is One WESCO. When we launched it and we talked about it briefly last year. We are going to develop it a little further in today’s Investor Day. We launched it in the beginning of last year and it’s gaining terrific momentum across the company. It’s all about integrating all our efforts, all our efforts around the customer.
If you are a supply chain company or you are a distributor, you have a choice to make or you are going to optimize the supplier or you are going to optimize the customer. We absolutely are optimizing the customer. And we are developing unique knowledge around the customers’ needs and application and we don’t exist with other suppliers and we have a terrific stable of supplier partnerships. But for us its all about the customer and One WESCO is about bringing all of our products and services and solutions to bear on every customer relationship be it an industrial customer and all their operations globally, be it a major construction contractor, be it a governmental agency, be it a major utility.
That’s what One WESCO is all about. On the right hand side of this chart is the progress we’ve made and it’s substantial over the last 18 months. We’ve deployed One WESCO branding. We’re fostering significant collaboration across various locations and our boundaries. Sales rep plus product specialists plus our teams in our various branches, there is still a highly localized nature to the markets that we compete in. And that’s true in distribution in the US, in Canada and globally. But we see a unique value add that we can bring by fostering this collaboration across locations and bringing our complete portfolio to bear on customers.
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