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September 1, 2001  

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Leviton spruces up site

Leviton Voice & Data Division, a provider of systems for network infrastructures, has updated its Web site. In addition to a newly designed look, the site offers easier site navigation, faster download times, seamless browser support and improved search functions. The company says it has big plans for the site over the next year, including updating its spec/design database, and adding a new support centre and dynamic online catalogue.

GE to put “iGuides” online

GE Supply’s Web site, which went “live” late last year with more than 250,000 electrical, voice and datacom products, has added a significant feature to its site. The business-to-business site has just unveiled the first of its new line of “iGuides” — features designed to help customers identify the products that meet their individual needs. The guides make product recommendations, provide real-time pricing, and let users automatically add selections to their shopping carts or “personal catalogues.”

AMP Netconnect re-engineers site

The newly reconstructed Web site belonging to AMP Netconnect is designed to provide detailed networking information to the premises cabling industry in an easy-to-use, intuitive format. The site incorporates a variety of new features, including: a product finder, which locates products by name or part number; an Innovations Centre, which features the latest news and product information; and a Support Centre, which includes literature, training information and industry links.

TVC site up and running

TVC Enterprise Networks, a division of TVC Communications, now has an online presence. The company, a supplier of technology products and services for organizations building, upgrading and maintaining data networks, has recently launched a corporate Web site. On the site, customers can learn about products and services, request a quote, order literature, place an order, and fill out a credit application. An “Ask the Viking” section, lets visitors ask questions of an industry professional.

3M adds Static Planet

3M is a company that continually adds new features to its site — and adds new sites to its family — in an attempt to support its online community. Its latest addition is Static Planet, a new site for Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) support. The site offers industry news, standards and trends, links to ESD organizations, and an open forum for ESD professionals. The site also features the adventures “Voltana”, a static superhero who hosts an e-mail forum.

Berk-Tek revises site

Berk-Tek has recently done a complete online overhaul, in an attempt to make the site more interactive and easier to navigate. The look and format of the site have been updated with new graphics, menu structure and page layouts to allow for more user-friendly navigation from anywhere in the site. New features include technical support, online press kits, a photo library, comprehensive search capabilities, and links to industry resources.

Wesco targets Canadian customers

Wesco Distribution has just launched it’s a new site to target its customers north of the border. In addition to reading company news and case studies, users to the distributor’s site can also download product line cards and “capability profiles”, and use the site’s branch locator. Wesco, which currently has on-line shopping for its U.S. customers, plans to make this capability available to Canadians in the near future.

In today’s competitive environment, simply having a Web presence is not enough. Keeping current — with updates, redesigns and new features — can be crucial to a company’s online success.

Here’s a look at some companies in our industry that have recently introduced, expanded or reworked their sites to meet ongoing customer requirements…

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