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Protect What Matters Most with Video Surveillance

Posted on November 28, 2017

If you’ve ever been a victim of intrusion, you understand the vulnerability of a stranger lurking around your property. With crime rates on the rise, home and business owners are turning to video surveillance systems to monitor their… Read More

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Spend a Little “Quality Time” with Us

Posted on October 30, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if our work days ran smoothly, one running into the next with no interruptions or problems to solve? Well, sure…Except we all know they don’t. That’s why it’s important for companies to have dedicated road maps pinpointing the best route to take when an issue arises. At Graybar Canada, we pride ourselves in delivering consistent products and services to our customers every day. By following a Quality Management System (QMS), we’re able to coordinate and direct our company’s activities in all 30 branches across Canada.

A Quality Management System is “a series of standardized frameworks which are designed to detect and prevent problems,” says Quality Management Representative, Amanda Canning. “A good management system engages everyone, has good processes and structure for improvement and change, and is easy to understand and use.”

A standard QMS is made up of seven key elements:

  1. Context of the organization
  2. Leadership
  3. Planning
  4. Support
  5. Operation
  6. Performance evaluation
  7. Improvement

While Quality Management Systems aren’t mandatory for businesses, having one gives our customers peace of mind that we’re able to deliver on our promises. “Basically, a QMS shows we do what we say we can,” says Canning. “We want to meet the same service expectations at any Graybar Canada location.”

Recently, our Graybar Canada Markham branch upgraded their QMS to meet the new standard ISO 9001: 2015. Not only does the certification demonstrate our commitment to quality, but with an equivalent QMS in place, our customers can expect to receive the same services and top-quality products from all our branches.

With almost 600 employees working in 30 locations across the country, it’s important we pay special attention to the needs and expectations of our customers. “We inspire confidence in our ability to reliably provide products and services for a sustainable and mutually beneficial future,” says Canning. “From the West coast, through Central, all the way to the East, we are One Graybar!”

Let Your House Do the Work with Home Automation

Posted on September 28, 2017

How many times have you driven halfway to work and wondered if you turned off that hot appliance or remembered to close the garage door? You rack your brain while a moment of panic sets in, forcing you to turn around and make the inconvenient trip back home. We’ve all been there, but with the simple push of a button, you can turn off that hot appliance and close the garage door straight from your smartphone.

Welcome to the world of home automation where you can sit back and let your house do the work. “It’s about having total mobile control of just about any function that’s connected to the day to day operation of your home,” says Rita Murphy, Graybar Canada account manager based in Mississauga. “It’s just a better way of saving energy and managing your house.”

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From programmable thermostats and security cameras, to pool sensors and magnetic contacts for doors and windows, there’s an automation tool that fits almost every need. Many home and small business owners are turning to automation systems allowing them to control the appliances they use every day from their mobile devicesꟷand they’re completely customizable!

Across the country, builders are also jumping on the band wagon by including basic automation packages in the price of their homes. “We’re seeing more and more builders putting at least one Z-wave light switch or Lutron Bridge kit in every house they build,” says Tom Stoll, account manager based in Moncton. “Once installed, it’s easy to show the home owner it’s not as expensive or complicated as they originally thought.” With Z-wave technology, “we’re able to bring whole systems together via apps and put control in the palm of our customers’ hands.”

Not only does home automation make your life a little bit easier, but it also gives you peace of mind. With Canada’s aging population, Rita Murphy has been noticing a trend with customers using camera systems to check-in with their parents. “Personally, I set up a system with my father and know when he gets up and when he opens the cupboard to get his medication in the morning,” she says. “He also wears a panic bracelet, and one day when he fell, he pushed the panic button and I was able to view him on my phone and get help right away.”

Want to take it one step further? With geofencing, your home learns about your behaviours and uses GPS tracking to pinpoint your exact location. As soon as you move within a set distance, your home automatically adjusts itself. You can program the doors to lock or the lights to turn offꟷyou don’t have to do a thing!

Our lives are stressful enough. A home automation system can make a positive impact on your life by letting your home control those repetitive everyday tasks. All you have to do is set it and forget it.

If you’re interested in learning more about home automation system solutions, contact your local Graybar Canada representative today!

Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Answer Your Door from Anywhere with SkyBell

Posted on August 22, 2017

Let’s face it—there’s no escaping the evolving trend of smart electronic devices for the home. From remotely recording your favourite TV show to running a load of laundry, technology is bringing us closer and closer—and it hasn’t stopped there. Doorbells are becoming more advanced and have been getting a high-tech makeover.

Whether you’re at home or 2,000 miles away, Alarm.com’s new SkyBell series doorbells allow you to answer your door from anywhere. Using your home’s wireless Internet, the SkyBell syncs to an app on your smartphone, allowing you to see and speak with visitors at your front door.

Expecting a package? Concerned about suspicious activity? No problem. The SkyBell detects movement and activates a live video feed to monitor activity anytime. Even when visitors don’t ring the bell, a motion sensor triggers the SkyBell to store a video clip for later viewing.

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Meet the Game Changer in Voltage Testing

Posted on July 4, 2017

If you’re looking for a safer and faster way to verify the absence of voltage, look no further than Panduit’s new VeriSafe™ Absence of Voltage Tester. With the simple push of a button, you can verify the absence of voltage BEFORE accessing hazardous electrical equipment. That’s right! Forget the complex hand-held test instruments and tedious prep time. VeriSafe’s™ fail-safe design and active indicators minimize risk without the need for additional tools. More»

Save Serious Money by Investing in a Lighting Audit

Posted on June 1, 2017

Look around at the lighting in your work space. Did you know it accounts for 20 to 40 per cent of your company’s total energy costs? Having good lighting is a necessary cost of doing business, but it doesn’t have to put a strain on your bottom line.

Graybar Canada’s Atlantic Lighting Manager, Sean Dixon, and Atlantic Lighting Specialist, Richard Barker, have saved businesses thousands of dollars simply by making upgrades to their lighting. Unique to Graybar Canada, our group of dedicated Lighting Specialists are quickly able to assess your company’s current lighting inventory. By collecting information like your lighting voltage, existing fixture wattage, and burn hours, our experts can calculate what you’re spending compared to what you could be saving.  In many cases, upgrading your lighting can reduce maintenance costs by 80 to 90 per cent. You’ll also save upwards of 50 to 70 per cent on energy.

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Graybar Canada Delivers Intelligent Building Solutions

Posted on May 9, 2017

The term Intelligent Building has become increasingly popular with the growing trend in energy saving and sustainability. As new technologies emerge, building management systems are adapting to meet modern day requirements. To stay competitive in the infrastructure market, it’s important that Graybar Canada finds innovative ways of communicating our capabilities to our customers. More»

Smart Home Solutions

Posted on November 1, 2016

With the integration of home, business, personal, and mobile technology through apps on our smartphones, we are now engaging with our technology instead of just using it. Smart home applications related to the Internet of Things (IoT) allow remote access for control of heating, lighting, and security systems. More»