Global Industrial Company
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Russell 2000 Component
|Industry||Industrial Supplies and MRO|
|Revenue||US$1.265 billion (2017)|
Global Industrial Company, is a Port Washington, New York based company and is a provider of industrial and MRO (maintenance, repair, and operating supply) products through a system of branded e-Commerce websites and relationship marketers in North America. The primary brand is Global Industrial.
The company was founded in 1949 as Global Equipment Company, a material handler. It first entered direct marketing in 1972 and began marketing computer equipment in 1981. The company changed its name to Global Direct-mail in 1995 and to Systemax in 1999 and Global Industrial Company in 2021.
Subsidiaries and divisions
Acquisition of CompUSA
On January 6, 2008, Systemax Inc. announced an agreement on the acquisition of the Miami-based CompUSA brand, trademarks, and e-commerce business, and as many as 16 CompUSA retail outlets in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. The first new CompUSA store under Systemax ownership was opened in November 2009.
Acquisition of Circuit City trademarks and website
On May 13, 2009, Circuit City announced it would sell its intellectual property, including its trademarks, brand name, and internet domain, to Systemax for $14 million. The deal took effect six days later. The defunct CircuitCity.com website was restored after the Systemax purchase.
Acquisition of WStore Europe
On September 18, 2009 Systemax announced the acquisition of WStore Europe, SA, a European supplier of business IT products with operations in France (Inmac WStore SAS and I-Com Software) and in the United Kingdom (WStore UK Limited).
Acquisition of Misco Solutions (SCC Netherlands)
On June 12, 2014, Systemax announced the acquisition of SCC Services B.V., a supplier of business-to-business IT products and services with operations in the Netherlands. This subsidiary was renamed Misco Solutions.
Acquisition of Plant Equipment Group (“PEG”)
On January 30, 2015, Systemax announced the acquisition of the Plant Equipment Group ("PEG"), a business-to-business direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operations ("MRO") products, from TAKKT America . PEG serves business customers within the North American MRO market.
Sale of TigerDirect
On December 1, 2015, Systemax announced the sale of certain Business to Business assets of its North American Technology Group, including TigerDirect to PCM, Inc.
Sale of German Operations to CANCOM SE
Sale of European Technology Products Group Businesses
On March 27, 2017, Systemax announced the sale of all its European Technology Products Group Businesses, excluding their operations in France.
Sale of French-based Information Technology Business
On September 4, 2018, Systemax announced it has closed the previously announced sale of its France-based IT business to Bechtle AG.
On September 17, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a former director of Systemax Inc for fraudulently reaping hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed compensation between January 2006 to December 2010. The SEC alleged that Gilbert Fiorentino, who in addition to serving on the board was the former chief executive of Systemax’s Technology Products Group in Miami, "obtained more than $400,000 in extra compensation directly from firms that conducted business with Systemax." The SEC also alleged Fiorentino of stealing "several hundred thousand dollars worth of company merchandise that was used to market Systemax’s products." Fiorentino failed to disclose his extra compensation and perks to Systemax or its auditors, so that the amounts reported to shareholders were understated.
In April 2011, Systemax placed Fiorentino on administrative leave. On May 9, 2011, Fiorentino agreed to resign from all of his positions with Systemax, surrender stock and stock options valued at approximately $9.1 million, and repay his 2010 annual bonus of $480,000. With Fiorentino's departure, Robert Leeds, Systemax's founding CEO of the technology division, took over as CEO of Systemax's technology products group.
Fiorentino agreed to settle the SEC charges by paying a $65,000 fine and consenting to a permanent bar from serving as an officer or director of any publicly held company.
On December 3, 2014, Gilbert and Carl Fiorentino pleaded guilty for their participation in a bribery scheme, after it was found that between during his employment, Carl had received over $7 million in kickbacks from suppliers he had entered into agreements with Systemax, and obscured his participation in these agreements to Systemax. Gilbert was also charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and impeding the operation of the IRS.
On February 21, 2005, the company restated financial results for each of the first three quarters of 2004 and the year ended Dec. 31, 2003, following the discovery of certain inventory accounting errors at the company's British unit. On May 11, 2005, the company restated its results for the year 2004, following the discovery of errors in accounting for inventory at its Tiger Direct Inc. unit, an online retailer.
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