Profile: Grainger W W Inc (GWW.N)
20 Dec 2013
Grainger W W Inc., formerly W.W. Grainger, Inc., incorporated on December 27, 1928, is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada . The Company operates in two segments: United States and Canada. Other businesses include operations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other United States operations. In August 2013, W.W. Grainger Inc acquired E&R Industrial Sales, Inc. In December 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Safety Solutions Inc.
Grainger uses a multichannel business model to provide customers with a range of options for finding and purchasing products, utilizing sales representatives, direct marketing materials, catalogs and eCommerce. In 2012,it acquired Techni-Tool, Inc. Effective April 2, 2012, it acquired 100% interest in AnFreixo S.A.
The United States business offers a selection of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, sales representatives, catalogs and the Internet. Products offered include material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, forestry and agriculture equipment, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components and many other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. Services offered include inventory management and energy efficiency solutions.
The products sold by the United States business include DAYTON motors, power transmission, HVAC and material handling, SPEEDAIRE air compressors, AIR HANDLER air filtration equipment, TOUGH GUY cleaning products, WESTWARD tools, CONDOR safety products and LUMAPRO lighting products. The Grainger catalog, issued in February 2013, offers approximately 570,000 facilities maintenance and other products and is used by customers to assist in product selection. Approximately two million copies of the catalog were produced. In addition, Grainger’s United States business issues targeted catalogs for its multiple branded products, as well as other marketing materials.
Acklands- Grainger is Canada’s broad-line distributor of industrial and safety supplies. A combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services is provided by this business. The Canadian business serves customers through 172 branches, sales and service representatives and 6 DCs across Canada. Acklands - Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and many other items. The catalog has more than 116,000 products and is used by customers to assist in product selection. In addition, customers can purchase products through Acklandsgrainger.com, a fully bilingual Website.
The other businesses include Europe, Asia, Latin America and other United States operations. Grainger operates in Japan through its 52% interest in MonotaRO Co. MonotaRO provides small and mid-sized domestic businesses with products that help them operate and maintain their facilities. Customers have access to more than 90,000 products through a catalog and through Fabory.com. MonotaRO is a catalog and Web-based direct marketer with approximately 80% of orders being conducted through Monotaro.com. Grainger’s operations in Mexico provide local businesses with maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products primarily from Mexico and the United States. Mexico distributes products through a network of branches and one DC where customers have access to approximately 116,000 products through a Spanish-language catalog and through Grainger.com.mx.
Grainger W W Inc
100 Grainger Parkway
LAKE FOREST IL 60045-5201