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Matt Narens

Matt Narens: Manager, Category Development at Corporate United
In his role at Corporate United Matt works with both CU members and supplier partners to ensure that the programs he manages are delivering maximum value. This includes everything from commercializing new offerings to conducting category lifecycle and supplier relationship management. His efforts are focused on minimizing the administrative burden and reducing the total cost of ownership related to indirect spend for Corporate United members. They also include aligning strategies with Corporate United’s supplier partners in order to best meet the needs of the market.
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Is your Facility Prepared For 2018 Hurricane Season?

June 19, 2018 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Roofing, CentiMark

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Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season—June 1st running through November 30th—we are starting to see the damaging effects of severe storms and tropical weather at facilities across the country. How prepared is your facility? Did you consider your facility roof when scheduling preventative maintenance for 2018?
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Protecting Workers and the Bottom Line in Fall & Winter Weather [Gallery]

November 16, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Industrial Supplies and MRO, Fastenal, Infographic, Procurement

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Each season provides unique hazards and safety risks to workers and facilities alike. Previously we discussed the extreme risks tied to heat stress and its affect on worker productivity, but as the colder weather blows in so do new and unexpected risks, hazards, and necessary precautions.

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Protect your Building Investment from the Ground-Level, Up: Flooring Maintenance Timeline

June 13, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Flooring, CentiMark, QuestMark, Infographic

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All day the workers in your facility are on your floor, working on it, stepping on it, running machines on it, storing equipment and inventory on it, possibly driving necessary vehicles across it. With all of this heavy use, it can be easy to overlook, and dangerous to ignore, necessary precautions.

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Customized MRO Inventory Reporting Automates Informed Buying

June 12, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Industrial Supplies and MRO, Fastenal

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When it comes to purchasing MRO for your facility, inadequate or inaccurate data can create spend chaos plagued by stock-outs and over-purchasing. Managing MRO inventory is critical to identify waste and recognize cost reductions as 70% of MRO spend is committed to MRO inventory.

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Protect your Building Investment: Roofing Maintenance Timeline

May 19, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Roofing, CentiMark, Infographic

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When you take good care of your roof, you are making an investment in your building. Roof leaks can lead to structural damage and can harm the products and materials inside your facility. While some damage is visible at the roof surface, the untrained eye will miss larger, more costly issues to repair, such as hail damage or moisture in the insulation layers.

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Beat the Heat: 7 Summer Safety Supplies to Protect Workers and Boost Productivity [Gallery]

May 18, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Industrial Supplies and MRO, Fastenal, Infographic

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On average, there are more heat related fatalities per year in the United States than any other weather event. There are even more heat-related illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat accounts for 130 victims per year, the only weather event to reach a triple digit 30-year average.

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MRO Vending Solutions Revolutionize Spend Strategies in the Industrial Marketplace

February 28, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Fastenal, Industrial Supplies and MRO, Infographic

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$500 billion is spent annually on MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) in the U.S, making MRO a target category for procurement to manage. Approximately 30% of MRO spend is on non-inventory industrial purchases; the other 70% is committed to MRO inventory.

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2017 Supply Chain Outlook for Your Facility: How to Solve for Smart Spending

February 24, 2017 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Group Purchasing Organization, Pros to Know, Procurement

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Matt Narens is a Category Development Manager within the Facilities Vertical at Corporate United and was recently named a 2017 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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Energy Management 101: Peak Demand - What It Is and Why It Matters

August 26, 2016 / by Matt Narens posted in Facilities, Energy Management, Trane Building Advantage

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As a category manager, it’s my job to look for new ways to help CU members save money, and provide insight about making their indirect spend categories a little more manageable.

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