PORTLAND, Ore. – April 27, 2012 – BlueVolt (www.BlueVolt.com), the leading provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the construction, manufacturing and service industries, and Evergreen Marketing Group are pleased to launch Evergreen University. This elearning resource will extend the industrial supply cooperative’s training efforts and allow its leading suppliers to better connect with member distributors.
Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative of over 60 independent construction and industrial supply distributors. Members work in partnership with more than 70 leading suppliers, providing high-quality equipment products and industrial and construction tools.
Evergreen University, powered by BlueVolt, enhances the co-op’s existing in-person training program, which provides a range of educational and technical services including safety training, informational sessions regarding new regulations and on-the-job product demonstrations designed to keep members up-to-date with advances in the field.
Evergreen’s preferred suppliers can also post manufacturer-specific product training courses to the new LMS. Member distributors can take the online courses at any time, from anywhere with an internet connection, thus maximizing the training program’s reach and effectiveness.
"Evergreen members know that the more product knowledge you have, the more comfortable you are promoting those products,” said Kevin Higginbotham, CEO of Evergreen Marketing Group. “The product knowledge gained from online training through BlueVolt gives our members an additional training resource that can ultimately help increase sales.”
Several of Evergreen’s preferred suppliers already offer online training courses on the BlueVolt platform, via other Universities. With BlueVolt’s unique course sharing feature, these suppliers can easily share their courses in Evergreen University, expanding their training reach throughout the sales channel.
“In order for any training program to be effective, it’s important to always have fresh, up-to-date content for your learners,” said Sharon Dunigan, national accounts manager at BlueVolt. “Because many of Evergreen’s suppliers already offer courses through BlueVolt’s LMS, it is quick and easy to ensure that their distributors have access to new and current product training courses.”
As University learners successfully complete courses, they can earn $BlueBucks™, BlueVolt’s dollar-for-dollar rewards program that is proven to increase course enrollment up to ten times. Evergreen members may redeem their rewards for virtual gift cards at hundreds of retailers nationwide, the purchase of future courses, or donate to charity. Brandon Hall recently awarded BlueVolt’s $BlueBucks program its gold award for the “Best Advance in Rewards and Recognition Technology.”
Portland, Oregon-based BlueVolt is the leading provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the manufacturing, construction and service industries. BlueVolt’s LMS for the extended enterprise delivers easy-to-use training across an entire company and its suppliers, sales channel, associations and customers. The LMS delivers affordable training, verifies knowledge and reports results all in one place. BlueVolt’s unique approach to online training encourages learning with its proven reward program that is valuable to those offering and participating in learning. As of March 2012, BlueVolt has delivered more than 1,209,000 courses to over 205,000 registered users. BlueVolt has won a Gold Excellence in Technology award from Brandon Hall, a Learning Leader award from Bersin & Associates for Vendor Innovation in Learning and Talent Management and also was named to the TrainingIndustry.com Learning Portal Companies Watch List for its innovative approach to learning. For more information, visit www.BlueVolt.com.
About Evergreen Marketing Group
The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative organization founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 72 distributors with more than 260 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.2 billion dollars. The group is focused on driving growth and profitability of its distributors and preferred suppliers through an on-going program of training & education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot training center in Farmer’s Branch, Texas and offers the industry’s only professional certification program for distributor salespeople.