Privacy Policy

ALSTEM respects your privacy. Our guidelines for protecting the information you provide us with during your visit to our web site are listed below.

Privacy Statement.

This statement discloses the Internet Privacy Policy for the ALSTEM website, This site has been designed so that no personal identifying information is displayed online or is accessible to the general public. You can browse and our online catalogs without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. To obtain access to special features such as product availability, contract pricing and for ordering we ask that you register on our site.

Use of Data

Information collected during ordering and operations process - When you order and register with ALSTEM on the web, as well as through our customer service, we collect the following information: name, address, phone, email, payment method including credit card numbers, personal web settings and account numbers. We do not sell or distribute this information to any third party except to complete transactions with our freight companies and third party suppliers that are authorized to drop ship orders on our behalf. Location information is used by ALSTEM for distribution purposes to allow us to provide the best possible service levels to our customer base. Information such as name, phone number, and credit card numbers are collected by third party partners of ALSTEM, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for the payment process.

When you register as a customer and provide us with your email address, we will occasionally send you email with recommendations or notices of new products, prices, and services. Once you register, you will be given an opportunity to opt out of this service by changing the settings in your profile or via the first email you receive from us. If you do not initially choose to opt out, you may still block future email of this type, simply by following the instructions at the bottom of the update messages. Users also have the ability to turn off order related e-mails. The types of emails a user receives when ordering through the web site include:

Order Acknowledgment, Shipping Notices, Order Approval E-mails

Information collected during promotional programs - Information may be collected from you via direct mail, electronic and internet campaigns as well as through e-newsletters, requests for literature and support, and customer surveys. When you respond to a promotional campaign, ALSTEM collects contact information as well as additional information to help us qualify the success of a promotion and to determine eligibility. Inclusion of your email address and contact information indicates permission to send notices of new products, prices and services. ALSTEM will not sell or distribute names and mailing and email addresses and other contact information to third party advertisers except for the joint promotion of ALSTEM and the third party. Your contact information, collected from the promotion, may be transferred to a third party (an authorized ALSTEM supplier) when they are responsible for fulfillment of a free item, sample, information, etc. At any time you may request removal from our mail list, see instructions below. We also post surveys on our site. These surveys are optional. The information is collected to better understand our user community and will provide feedback to allow us to improve our service. From time to time, ALSTEM may obtain email addresses from outside vendors and will send these obtained email addresses electronic marketing materials from ALSTEM. Removal from the ALSTEM list can be accommodated.

Links contains links to other web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are leaving the ALSTEM web site and entering a completely new web site. This new site may have a different privacy policy than and the content found on that site is not the responsibility of ALSTEM.

Cookies uses software tags called "cookies" to identify customers and track shopping baskets when they visit our site. These benefit the customer by allowing them to stay logged in during their visit so they do not have to continually log-in. It also allows selected products within a shopping basket to remain as a customer goes to other areas to browse.

Log Files

ALSTEM maintains log files of the traffic that visits our site. We do not link any information gathered in these log files to personally identifying information. Log files are used to manage traffic loads and help provide reliable service, all with no association to your personal identity. Information collected includes IP addresses, browser types and pages visited.

Specific Customer Questions

Users who would like a response to specific questions concerning their service are directed to the CONTACT US section on our web site or our customer service number at 510-708-0096. We read and review all of our customer service queries and use the information contained therein only to resolve the question at hand.

Correct/Update/Delete User Information On

Users can update or correct their personal information on by changing their profile information in "My Account". If you have any questions, e-mail us at

Removal from the ALSTEM Mail List

Email your request to the ALSTEM mail list manager at to be removed from our mail list or use unsubscribe links in emails.

Information Security

All information gathered on the site is stored and maintained in secure facilities. Our web site is regularly tested for potential security breaches. Our current security technology is Secured Socket Layer (SSL). ALSTEM reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. The revised policy will be posted on our website for visitors to review.

Data Theft Contingency Plan

ALSTEM utilizes the Internet to provide a variety of features to our customers. In the course of conducting business functions via the Internet, we store data related to those functions within our systems. To protect the sensitive data that belongs to our customers, we have implemented a number of processes. These processes include, but are not limited to, encrypting data and utilizing Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS).

ALSTEM makes every effort to ensure that data is secure. In the event that our processes fail to prevent the theft of sensitive data, we will undertake the following:

Customers that may be impacted by any data theft will be notified.

At the request of the customer, we will place on record the contact information for any impacted financial institution (i.e. credit card issuer) and notify the institution within the same time frame as given above.

We will communicate to the customer whatever information may aid their efforts to prevent data theft from causing harm to their organization.

Following any event that involves compromised data, we will collect feedback from the impacted customers. This feedback will be used to adjust this process to better serve our customers in any future event.