CriticalTool, awarded Wilmington, Ohio-based R3 Safety with its Supplier of the Year award for 2009.

“We are proud to honor our partnership with R3 Safety with our Supplier of the Year award,” said Rathi Niyogi with CriticalTool. “They delivered a customized solution that accommodates our unique business needs and drive cost savings and revenue for both firms.”

“We are very proud to receive this recognition and it clearly demonstrates the success created when customers and suppliers collaborate at all levels of customer service, sales and delivery,” said Jim Walker, General Manager of North America for R3 Safety.

CriticalTool’s business model has evolved from a traditional, locally focused distributor to a technology driven online seller, directly driving cost savings and better economies of scale for its customers. By using automation to process small orders, customers no longer have to buy large quantities of items to get them at affordable pricing.

“The partnership with CriticalTool demonstrates R3 Safety’s ability to adapt to changing market conditions over many different market segments and was one of the key components in our firm’s success during 2009,” said Nick Mercadante, Regional Business Manager of R3 Safety. “We can now help customers like CriticalTool source all their Personal Protective Equipment in one place, reducing their cost to acquire these products in the process.”

“Businesses are using companies such as CriticalTool more and more for their safety product sourcing and other procurement activities,” Niyogi said. “By creating key partnerships like we have with R3 Safety, we will continue to drive better pricing and product availability for our customers. This will help them save valuable money that can create more jobs while not compromising customer and employee safety.”