Grainger`s Jim Ryan to Deliver Keynote Address at Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit

Don Davis

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 -- EC Media Group, a division of Thomson Financial and the leader in technology-oriented publications and trade shows, announced today that James T. Ryan, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales for W. W. Grainger, Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit on Friday, October 12, 2001, at Chicago`s McCormick Place. Mr. Ryan`s speech, entitled "Using the Internet to Extend the Bricks and Mortar Business," will present successful strategies for growing business by using the Web.

Grainger provides businesses and institutions the maintenance, repair, and operating supplies that keep their operations running. Grainger`s sales over its Grainger.com Web site grew by 164% last year, accounting for $267 million, or 5 percent of the company`s $5 billion sales for 2000. Jim Ryan is uniquely able to discuss how Grainger has accomplished that since he headed the Internet business during that period. In his current role, he is integrating the Internet channel with the traditional branch business to accelerate growth even faster.

"Jim Ryan is an authority on the strategic use of eCommerce to build customer relationships and enhance corporate growth. EC World 2001 is pleased to have him address our distinguished group of attendees in October," said Edward Dwyer, General Manager of Electronic Commerce World Conference and Exhibit. "We look forward to hearing from Jim what large and small companies need to know to successfully integrate the Internet in their businesses."

Mr. Ryan joined Grainger in 1980. His career has included a number of progressively responsible positions within Grainger. He served as president of Grainger Parts and Vice President, Corporate Information Services, before heading Grainger.com. Ryan graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He earned his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. He currently serves on the CIO Magazine Advisory Board and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society.

The Premier eCommerce Event

Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit, the industry`s preeminent eCommerce venue, has embraced the theme "Preserve Your Future In eBusiness" in 2001 to underscore the need for new ideas, relationships, and strategies in a shifting economic climate. The show, which is expected to attract over 3,000 attendees and some of today`s leading e-business product and service vendors will offer an unmatched array of seminars, displays, panel discussions, workshops, and resources designed to help enterprises thrive using the latest eCommerce technologies and disciplines.

Geared for executive management and IT professionals in scores of industries including manufacturing, financial services, communications, system integration, health care, government and more, Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit will feature pre-conference workshops, interactive roundtables, exhibit floor sessions, and more than 70 educational sessions. In addition, Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit will feature "eMarket Central 2001: The Vertical Marketplace," a show-within-a-show designed to bring vertical ePortals, eMarkets, and eCommunities together in one location.

For show registration information, call the registration desk at (877) 440-7125 or (212) 631-9732. Exhibitors and sponsors should contact Amy Fleming at (954) 925-5900 ext. 112; general information about Electronic Commerce World 2001 Conference & Exhibit can be found at http://www.ecmediagroup.com.

About EC Media Group:

EC Media Group, a division of Thomson Financial`s Banking, Insurance & E-Commerce Group, is a leading provider of information for e-business professionals across a wide range of sectors, including business intelligence and health care technology. Currently, EC Media Group offers a number of the market`s most widely read and highly respected publications, including Electronic Commerce World, Health Data Management, DM Review, Internet Health Care Magazine, Journal of Business Strategy and the Handbook of Business Strategy. In addition, EC Media Group sponsors some of today`s leading professional trade shows, including the Electronic Commerce World Conference and Exhibition, the preeminent event in its field.

About Thomson Financial:

Thomson Financial is a US$2 billion provider of e-information and integrated work solutions to the worldwide financial community. Through the widest range of products and services in the industry, Thomson Financial helps clients in more than 70 countries make better decisions, be more productive and achieve superior results. Thomson Financial is part of The Thomson Corporation (TSE: TOC), a leading, global e-information and solutions company with annual revenues of approximately US$6.0 billion. The Corporation`s common shares are listed on the Toronto and London stock exchanges. For more information on Thomson Financial, visit http://www.thomsonfinancial.com.

Ed Dwyer
EC Media Group


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