5/07/01

Grainger Licenses MediaBin Platform to Manage Corporate Product Images

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

Leading North American Provider of Maintenance, Repair and Operating Supplies One of Many Blue-Chip Companies Who Turn to MediaBin for Content Management of Thousands of Images

ATLANTA--May 7, 2001--MediaBin, Inc. announced today that W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) is the latest company to license the MediaBin(TM) platform to manage over 200,000 of their product images. Grainger, the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair and operating supplies, services and related information to businesses and institutions, will use the MediaBin platform to format, store, retrieve, and update its product images automatically for greater speed-to-market, control and accuracy.

MediaBin will enable Grainger to process and manage its thousands of product images by creating a central storehouse for all the images. From this database, Grainger employees will be able to access any image they need at any time.

Through the MediaBin web browser, images can be downloaded in a variety of different formats needed to accommodate print or web applications. For example, Grainger`s webmaster can retrieve an image for the site as a thumbnail-sized JPEG, while the catalog production team can retrieve that same image in a high resolution EPS format. MediaBin eliminates time-consuming, manual processing and removes the potential for human error. MediaBin also eradicates redundant storage, removing instances of unmanageable archives and confusion over the current version of an image. Finally, because images are accessible via a standard browser, the right images are available to all authorized users throughout the company.

"The market demand for MediaBin speaks to a critical need for brand control, as evidenced by our blue-chip customers like Grainger, Ford, Georgia-Pacific and others, whose market share depends on brand consistency and integrity," said John Bacon, CEO of MediaBin. "A company highly dependent on product images, Grainger recognized the need for superior image management and a scalable infrastructure to remain competitive in a fast-moving environment. MediaBin provides the consistency, accuracy, and speed in image production and deployment that companies need to survive."

About MediaBin

MediaBin, Inc. develops innovative, standards-based media management solutions for Global 2500 companies. The MediaBin image content management platform enables marketing and eCommerce teams to speed time-to-market for new products, improve customer experience and scale their businesses by automating the management, production and delivery of brand images, product photographs and logos. MediaBin is a key eBusiness infrastructure component that can be integrated into web content management systems, product catalogs and eCommerce platforms to automate image tracking and updating. Clients include Ford Motor Company, National Semiconductor, Lear Corporation, BlueLight.com, estyle.com, FacilityPro.com, and many others. To learn how the MediaBin platform can work for you, call 800/437-2285 or 404/264-8000, or visit www.mediabin.com .

About W.W. Grainger, Inc.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), with 2000 sales of $5 billion, is the leading North American provider of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies and related information to businesses and institutions. Grainger shares are traded on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit Grainger online at www.grainger.com .

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