BOLINGBROOK, Ill., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty years ago, you couldn't instantly access the internet on a device that fit inside your pocket. Twenty years ago, you could not instantly contact anyone in the world without a dial-up connection. And, until AllegroMedical.com launched in October 1996, you also could not buy medical supplies online.
When founder Craig Hood took the calculated risk to start AllegroMedical.com, e-commerce was in its infancy.
"I saw an opportunity to provide a service," said Hood. "There were new e-commerce sites launching daily, but none were exploring the medical supply industry."
Today, AllegroMedical.com is one of very few sites from those early days to withstand the test of time. While others have come and gone, Hood and his team have managed to not only withstand the bubbles and busts, economic downturns, and rapid marketplace changes the past 20 years have thrown their way, they've continued to thrive.
"Our first website offered 500 products," said Hood. "Today we offer more than 60,000 products to help people manage chronic conditions from diabetes and incontinence, to spinal cord injuries and COPD."
According to Hood, the same pioneering ethos that made AllegroMedical.com an innovative market leader in 1996 is the same force that has allowed them to become a leading on-line reseller of medical supplies and home health care products today.
"At Allegro we've never stopped working to provide a first-class, intuitive customer experience," said Hood. "We were the first to introduce both condition-based shopping, and body part-based shopping solutions to the medical supply market."
This approach has proven effective for the 2 million customers served by Allegro. It has also established Hood and his team as a reliable source of thought leadership in the medical supply industry.
"Most experts 20 years ago thought it was foolish to believe people would buy medical supplies on the Internet," said Hood. "Today, the industry recognizes how our approach impacts lives, and looks to us for ideas as to where the market is going."
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