Pump distributors are companies that serve as intermediaries between pump manufacturers and the companies and buyers. They have various levels of involvement with the manufacturers—and some work under contract with certain pump makers—while different companies have different capabilities when it comes to assisting buyers. They're particularly useful for small to mid-sized companies that need pumps but have little in-house expertise relating to pumping technology. Larger companies often work directly with manufacturers.
On the low level of involvement, some pump distributors are little more than vendors that connect knowledgeable buyers with the right pumps for their needs. For example, these distributors may be large hardware stores or simple pump vendor websites. On the other side of the spectrum, there are other distributors that do much more than just sell. For instance, if you know that your company needs a pump but you're not quite sure exactly which pump will best suit your needs, there are some pump distributors who can work directly with you to determine which pump is best. If you work with a company in your area, you may be able to get an on-site consultation from a pump expert. Some distributors even go so far as to assemble, install, and repair the pumps they sell.
Most large distributors now have strong web presences, including websites that provide detailed explanations of the products and services they can provide. This benefits buyers by making it very easy to shop around and weigh the pros and cons of working with different companies.
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