we dont want to lose a very important part of our trade. pretty soon everything will be known as a number!
I can't see how this is a big deal.
I worked for a large distributor and I can tell you the language of the wholesale business is all
part numbers. Of course, the trade name is important, but you don't input "flex" into the computer, you input part numbers.
Where I worked, a new counter guy wasn't considered "good and trained" until he had hundreds of part numbers memorized.
We had certain contractors who were pretty savvy with part numbers. They were the "easy" customers.
Believe me, having the customer call out part numbers was far easier than "I need a couple 4" squares."
"OK, what kind? Deep, shallow, side bracket, 1/2" KO's, combo???" And on it went.
Sorry, part numbers aren't going anywhere soon.