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W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Public
Traded as
IndustryIndustrial supply distribution
Founded1927; 92 years ago (1927)
FounderWilliam Wallace Grainger
HeadquartersLake Forest, Illinois
United States
Number of locations
  • 284 (United States)
  • 91 (Canada)
Key people
  • D.G. Macpherson
  • (Chairman & CEO)
  • Thomas Okray
  • (Senior VP & CFO)
RevenueIncrease US$ 10.42 billion (2017)
Decrease US$ 1.05 billion (2017)
Decrease US$ 622.44 million (2017)
Total assetsIncrease US$ 5.80 billion (2017)
Total equityDecrease US$ 1.83 billion (2017)
Number of employees
25,700 (2017)
WebsiteGrainger.com
Footnotes / references
[1][2][3]

W. W. Grainger, Inc. is an American Fortune 500[4] industrial supply company founded in 1927 in Chicago by William W. (Bill) Grainger. He founded the company in order to provide consumers with access to a consistent supply of motors.[5] The company now serves more than 3 million customers worldwide[3] with offerings such as motors, lighting, material handling, fasteners, plumbing, tools, and safety supplies, along with inventory management services and technical support. Revenue is generally from business-to-business sales rather than retail sales. Grainger serves its over 3 million customers through a network of approximately 598 branches, online channels (such as Grainger.com, KeepStock and eProcurement), and 33 distribution centers.[3]

History[edit]

The company was founded as a supplier for businesses by William Wallace Grainger in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, and incorporated as W. W. Grainger, Inc. in 1928.[6] Sales in the early days were generated primarily through mail order via post cards and a catalog. The MotorBook, as the catalog was originally called, was the basis for today's Grainger catalog. Grainger headquarters are now located in Lake Forest, Illinois. By 1936, Grainger had established 15 branches to improve customer service.

In 1967, Grainger became a publicly traded company.[7] Grainger is a profitable corporation and has increased dividends to its shareholders for forty five consecutive years.[8] The company has grown consistently since becoming public and passed US$10 billion in annual sales in 2016.

Digital[edit]

In 1996 the grainger.com website was launched with an electronic catalog, later evolving to an eCommerce platform. In 2016, Grainger was named the 11th largest eCommerce retailer in North America by Internet Retailer.[9] As businesses continued to shift from ordering through traditional channels, such as using phones or visiting branches, to online and onsite channels including websites, eProcurement platforms and inventory management systems, Grainger evolved. In 2016, more than 65 percent of Grainger orders originated via a digital channel (including Grainger.com, inventory management systems, and eProcurement) and more than 85 percent of orders were shipped directly to the customer or made immediately available through onsite services.[3] In 2016, more than 50% of total company revenue was from a digital channel.[10]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Grainger's subsidiary Zoro, Inc. and website zoro.com was launched in 2011 to serve the US small business market through a web-only transaction-based model,[3] while grainger.com serves primarily large and mid-sized customers.

Monotaro was established in 2000 as a joint venture between Grainger and Sumitomo.[11] It has online-only operations serving Japan and other Asian markets.

Acquisitions[edit]

  • September 1, 2015 - Cromwell Group Holdings (UK) Ltd[12][13] The initial aggregate purchase price for the acquisition under the definitive share purchase agreement was £310 million ($476 million), subject to customary adjustment.[14]
  • December 3, 2013 - Safety Solutions Incorporated. The purchase price is $30 million, less cash acquired.[15][16]
  • August 23, 2013 - E&R Industrial Sales Inc. The purchase price is $116 million, less cash acquired.[17][18]
  • December 31, 2012 - Techni-tool, Inc. of Worcester, Pennsylvania.[19] The purchase price is $40 million, less cash acquired.[20][21]
  • April 2, 2012 - Anfreixo[22][23]
  • August 31, 2011 - Fabory Group[24][25] The purchase price is $346 million, less cash acquired.[26]
  • October 14, 2010 - SafetyCertified[27][28]
  • November 18, 2009 - Alliance Energy Solutions[29][30]
  • October 13, 2009 - Imperial Supplies[31][32][30]

Awards and honors[edit]

Grainger was named by Fortune magazine as one of the top 100 companies to work for in 2013, citing the company's generous profit-sharing plan, where employees with five years of service had 20% of their pay added to their retirement plan.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W.W. Grainger, Inc. Executive Biographies". W.W. Grainger, Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "US SEC: Form 10-K W.W. Grainger, Inc". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. February 26, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "W.W. Grainger, Inc. 2017 Fact Book". W.W. Grainger, Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "W.W. Grainger". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ "Grainger History". pressroom.grainger.com. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  6. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Aug 12, 1998". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form DEF 14A, Filing Date Mar 15, 2018". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Grainger Increases Quarterly Dividend By 4.3 Percent". W.W. Grainger, Inc. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  9. ^ "2017 Top 500 Analysis Report". Internet Retailer. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  10. ^ "Grainger's Ecommerce Sales Are Even Higher Than Reported". Internet Retailer. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  11. ^ "MonotaRO".
  12. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Jul 31, 2015" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Sep 1, 2015". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Oct 29, 2015". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Feb 27, 2014". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  16. ^ "Grainger Announces Acquisition Of Safety Solutions Incorporated - CHICAGO" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02 – via PRNewswire.
  17. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Oct 31, 2013". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "Grainger Acquires E&R Industrial Sales, Inc" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. August 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  19. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Jan 24, 2013" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Feb 28, 2013". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  21. ^ "Grainger Announces Intent To Acquire Techni-Tool, Inc. - CHICAGO" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. December 17, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-02 – via PRNewswire.
  22. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Apr 26, 2012". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Grainger Enters Brazil Through The Aquisition [sic] Of AnFreixo". Industrial Distribution. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  24. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Oct 18, 2011". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  25. ^ "Grainger Completes Acquisition of Fabory Group" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. August 31, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  26. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Oct 27, 2011". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  27. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Feb 28, 2011". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  28. ^ "Grainger Announces Acquisition of SafetyCertified" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. October 14, 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  29. ^ "Grainger Announces Acquisition of Alliance Energy Solutions" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. November 18, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  30. ^ a b "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Feb 25, 2010". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  31. ^ "W. W. Grainger Inc, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Oct 29, 2009" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  32. ^ "Grainger Announces Acquisition of Imperial Supplies, LLC" (Press release). W. W. Grainger. June 30, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  33. ^ "Grainger - Best Companies to Work For 2013 - Fortune". Money.cnn.com. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2014-03-02.

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