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Univar Announces the Launch of a Global Digital Hub

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08/09/2018
Univar officially opens its Global Digital Hub during a Digital Day event for supplier partners

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announces the launch of a new global digital hub at an official 'ribbon-cutting' ceremony at its Warrenville Campus facility. Featuring an innovative work space with over 100 digital experts, the facility focuses on developing a variety of industry leading and transformational digital solutions. The announcement of this new facility coincides with the inaugural Digital Day event for Univar's supplier partners that was held on August 2nd, 2018. With the theme of "Collaborate, Innovate, Grow", the event was attended by over 80 supplier partners and showcased how Univar's new state-of-the-art Global Digital Hub is enabling solutions to enhance and differentiate the customer experience, to improve market reach and accelerate growth, and to create a superior partnership experience for suppliers.

Univar Announces the Launch of a Global Digital Hub

The launch of the Global Digital Hub also marks another step in Univar's digital transformation as the Company continues its journey to be the number one destination for digital content and commerce in its space. Recent market research shows that the majority of a customer's buying journey is now in a digital environment, and Univar is well positioned to support customers as they seek information, select products, make purchases and manage their business online.

"Our supplier partners understand how digital is reshaping the customer experience," said Ian Gresham, chief marketing officer for Univar. "Increasingly B2B customers prefer self-serve purchasing options, and the simplicity of many B2C customer experiences is influencing B2B customer expectations. Digital marketplace leadership is core to Univar's long-term strategy, and we are excited to partner with our suppliers to collaborate, innovate, and grow together through a variety of digital solutions."

Through an Omni-channel approach, Univar looks to capture demand faster and more efficiently through its suite of digital capabilities including:

  • MyUnivar.com is an e-commerce solution offering Univar's full catalog of products, complete with invoicing, order status and tracking, as well as documentation of prior purchases. Customers of MyUnivar.com are provided with easy, two-click re-ordering and document access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any device.
  • Univar Digital Marketing reaches thousands of customers in a diverse set of industries with targeted, relevant digital content that accelerates the customers' product development process and reduces the total cost of operations. This process provides supplier partners with valuable market reach and accelerates sales growth.
  • PestWeb connects customers with pest control experts through an online community focused on offering unique solutions through a suite of products. With a broader view of pest management, PestWeb connects certified entomologists and agronomists to salespeople with a range of industry experience and offers customers access to industry veterans who are always ready with real-world answers.
  • ChemPoint offers a unique business model focused on demand creation, which includes finding, engaging, retaining and nurturing customers on a large scale. ChemPoint's MarketConnect offers marketing as a service, creating multi-channel digital marketing campaigns for a wide-range of chemical and ingredient products.

"Our digital capabilities allow the customer to search, source, and self-serve anytime and from anywhere, which streamlines the buying journey and creates a digitized end-to-end supply chain," said David Jukes, president and CEO of Univar. "Whether customers are learning about new technologies, finding the right product configuration or buying through convenient purchase channels, Univar's digital solutions make us easy to do business with."

Digital investments continue to drive growth as Univar expands into artificial intelligence (AI) and smart asset technology. "We are fully leveraging our digital capabilities to not only enhance the customer experience, generate demand and make it easier to do business, but we are also creating a more agile supply chain and flexible business model; empowering teams to deliver smarter solutions," said Jukes.

About Univar
Founded in 1924, Univar (NYSE: UNVR) is a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, working with leading suppliers worldwide. Supported by a comprehensive team of sales and technical professionals with deep specialty and market expertise, Univar operates hundreds of distribution facilities throughout North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Univar delivers tailored customer solutions through a broad product and services portfolio sustained by one of the most extensive industry distribution networks in the world. For more information, visit www.univar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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