Headquarters: Chicago, IL
2010 Revenues: $7.2 billion
Change in Sales from 2009: 15.43%
Locations: 607 branches, 20 regional warehouses, 24 DCs
Key Executives: President & CEO James Ryan; Grainger International President Court Carruthers; Grainger U.S. President Michael Pulick; CFO Ronald Jadin; SVP Global Supply Chain D G Macpherson; SVP HR Lawrence Pilon; SVP Communications & Investor Relations Laura Brown; CIO Timothy Ferrarell; General Counsel John Howard
2010 Acquisitions: SafetyCertified, Solus Securite, Ranson Industrial and Safety Supplies, THF International (Colombia Joint Venture)
2010 Divestments: Highsmith
Grainger is seen as both a partner in the supply chain and a stiff competitor, sometimes by the same company. The distributor has added acquisitions back into the mix for growth in the past year. Its focus has been on growing services and expanding overseas. Grainger continues to expand its product offerings, as well as its presence online at grainger.com. (See: Grainger’s E-Commerce Evolution) More than a quarter of Grainger’s revenues come from its online platform.
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