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W.W. Grainger Inc. (NYSE: GWW) has announced plans to expand in Chicago’s Citigroup Center, supporting the distributor’s planned growth of an additional 300 IT and e-commerce new hires in the next several years.
Grainger is the 15th largest e-retailer in North America, according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide.
Read more about Grainger’s e-commerce plans in the recent MDM blog, Grainger: “We’re Not Close to Being Done with E-Commerce.”
“With the rapid pace of business today, technology plays an ever-increasing role in our customers’ ability to succeed,” said Grainger President and CEO Jim Ryan. “We are developing world-class e-commerce solutions that are part of our multichannel approach, which includes our sales team, inventory management programs, branch network and service centers. Through this model, we provide our customers the products and services they need, when they need them. Expanding our Chicago office enables us to attract the best talent to build upon and enhance our e-commerce platform.”
With the opening of its office in the Citigroup Center last year, Grainger hired nearly 100 new IT and eCommerce employees. E-commerce accounted for $2.7 billion in e-commerce sales in 2012, representing 30 percent of total company sales and an increase of 23 percent versus the prior year.