With the backing of our multi-channel distribution network and our powerful logistics, we are able to optimize the supply chain, offer competitive prices and bring innovative and tailored responses to the table. Because each customer and project has its own specific features, we adapt our solutions on a case-by-case basis, using our full array of differentiating services.
Convenient and available
Our offer is accessible anywhere, anytime: at our branches, online, on mobile devices, and in our showrooms. Our ambition is to be “La Référence” in e-commerce and offer our customers the best possible experience, both digital and physical. Depending on the country, between 25,000 and 100,000 products can be delivered from our central warehouses to customers in less than 24 hours at the location of their choice.
Personalized advice in our branches and showrooms
We are continuously strengthening our field coverage and improving our capacity to serve customers by renovating our branches and rethinking their organization.
In our showrooms, whether dedicated to decorative or architectural lighting, home automation or energy efficiency, we showcase the latest innovations. We facilitate the efforts of our customers to complete their projects by guiding them during the design phase and helping them make the best choices.
Sonepar supports customers upstream in their projects. Our experts are proactive, offering design studies and advice, but also training (in products, standards, safety, etc.). Our teams capitalize on our dense network of branches to offer local training. In Germany, for example, Sonepar Deutschland offers seminars both onsite and online, as well as presenting innovations in partnership with universities. In all, training is available more than 200 days a year and reaches 2,300 customers.
Boat-Expo · Technische Unie
For a period of six weeks, this boat scours the canals of the Netherlands, dropping anchor in some twenty different cities. Nearly 100 suppliers are involved, alongside Technische Unie, in this original project focused on the presentation of innovative solutions structured around three market segments: smart homes, smart buildings and smart workplaces. Each time it is offered, more than 5,000 customers visit this boat.
Sonepar Innovation Lab · Sonepar Deutschland
A truck drove across Germany, making 33 stops, with a laboratory of innovations on board. More than 5,000 associates, suppliers and customers were thus able to discover Sonepar’s talent for anticipation through digital experiences. Multimedia content conveyed a wide array of innovations: from the smart home to e-mobility, not to mention interconnected systems and Industry 4.0.
Innovative digital services
The array of digital tools offered by Sonepar is getting bigger each month, with the aim of facilitating access to information and services. From webshops and mobile applications to paperless processes (EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, Punch Out, a system that enables customers to access the Group’s webshops directly from their own procurement applications), all of these tools are designed to offer the best possible user experience, one that is adapted to user needs, practices and businesses.
The Digital Toolbox · Vallen USA
Vallen USA offers its customers a set of solutions and the latest innovations in the field of e-commerce: an exhaustive e-catalogue and order platform, electronic document interchange (EDI), automatic conversion of e-mails into orders, Vendor and Customer Management Inventory (VMI/CMI) optimized with solutions for the identification/location of products and electronic payment and more. It’s the best of digital to simplify transactions and save our customers’ time!
Online solutions for ordering 24/7 and 365 days a year
In each country, we have developed webshops and custom applications for customers designed to facilitate their search for products, as well as order intake and access to information they find useful or necessary. Anytime and anywhere, they can consult product availability, delivery timeframes, and prices. They can track orders and deliveries, and choose customized services (invoicing, financing, product configuration, etc.).
In Mexico, Vallen Proveedora connected its e-commerce platform to the integrated procurement center of one of its partners and has extended this solution to other customers. In Canada for the third year in a row, Gescan has won the Click & Order e-business prize awarded by the EFC (Electro Federation of Canada). Sonepar companies in the United States have rolled out a mobile solution for scanning products that also displays all immediately available information. Routeco, in Great Britain, has renovated its e-commerce platform and added improved functionalities. The Group promotes the dissemination of good practices: ten countries are now using the same mobile app platform. Sonepar’s goal is to improve both speed and customer experience.
The Mobile Commerce Solution · Winterhalter Fenner
The WF-ElectroLAN application is now serving customers! They can select a product from among 140,000 references or scan it from a catalog and place an order. The Track & Trace service allows customers to track deliveries and receive a photo on their smartphone of the location of the delivered goods. And with the KombiTool function, electricians are able to put together the needed combination of electrical supplies (switches, outlets, etc.).
Thanks to these innovative services, the application—which was initially rolled out in Switzerland and then successfully duplicated in more than 9 other countries (including the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and France)—has already been downloaded more than 350,000 times.
A la carte services
Logistics lie at the heart of our expertise. Our large centralized, automated warehouses (30,000 square meters of space on average for 50,000 to 100,000 goods in stock) make use of the latest technology to ensure that orders and deliveries are speedy (D+1) and of high quality.
Our customers can choose from among a number of options for picking up their orders:
- Standard delivery: at their place, at their work site, or at the branch where they do business
- Deliveries coordinated with their schedules, which reduce their storage costs
- Custom solutions: delivery in a load lock chamber, a secure container or a designated spot within a large construction site prearranged with the customer
- Kitting services to take delivery of products packaged together for orderly, efficient assembly.
To meet the special needs of a number of manufacturing customers, we deploy integrated solutions spanning supply, procurement and storage management. We can take the place of their logistics department or even their entire supply chain, guaranteeing that both quality and performance targets will be met, and reducing TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
The integrated supply chain · Vallen
Vallen, Sonepar’s brand for integrated supply chain solutions, provides industrial customers with all the supplies related to their business (personal protection equipment, abrasives, lubricants, etc.). The company develops customer-centric solutions that include commitments to service quality and cost reduction.
Our specialists assist construction and industry customers all over the world with their projects, often going above and beyond the mere supply of products and solutions.
We can help you reduce the energy consumption of your building by conducting an energy audit. Our trained auditors assess your energy consumption—lighting, HVAC—through measurements, testing and a review of your electricity bills. Once this phase is completed, they map the different points of energy consumption and suggest measures you can take to reduce the costs associated with operation and maintenance.
Lighting audit for the County Court · SLS
In Australia, Specialised Lighting Solutions (SLS) conducted a lighting audit for the Victoria County Court in Melbourne. The installation of LED tubes in the parking garage cut energy use by 46%, with savings for the Court amounting to 143 tons of CO2 and 13,400 dollars a year.
Some of our companies work with electric power distributors and, accordingly, have developed expertise in the supply of high-voltage equipment (maintenance or replacements due to weather-related events like hurricanes and snowstorms) as well as in services for testing personal electrical insulation equipment.
Selecting and programming industrial robots
Assisting customers in selecting their industrial automation architecture, products and software by analyzing what they already have or assessing their development projects: these are the services offered by our experts in a number of companies.
Technical design studies in automation · Routeco
Routeco helps its industrial customers optimize their production processes. It assists them in designing the architecture of their automation control system and helps them choose the software that is best suited to their application, whether it be a process in the food or pharmaceutical industry, an assembly machine used in manufacturing or an SIL2 system for the oil and gas sector. For more information, click here.
Automated boiler system at Fibria · Centelha Aracruz
The world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests needed to upgrade the system for managing the boiler at its Aracruz factory. That engineering and technological challenge was entrusted to Centelha, a Sonepar subsidiary that designed the project (converting the existing system to a cutting-edge integrated solution, creating pioneering network architecture, etc.) and provided a new solution for automating the huge facility.