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100 Grainger Parkway

Lake Forest, IL 60045

United States

Phone: 847-535-1000

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. is a broad-line 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 serves approximately two million customers worldwide through a network of branches, distribution centers, Websites and export services. Segments The company operates in two segments, the United States and Canada. Its other businesses include operations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other U.S. operations. These businesses engage in the distribution of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and products, and provide related services. United States 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 eCommerce. 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, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components, and other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. Services offered primarily include inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. The United States business operates in all 50 states through a network of 390 branches and sales representatives. The logistics network in the United States is comprised of 18 distribution centers (DCs) of various sizes. Automated equipment and processes in the larger DCs allow them to handle the majority of the customer shipping for next-day product availability and replenish the branches that provide same-day availability. The company’s customers range from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations, government entities and other institutions. They are primarily represented by purchasing managers or workers in facilities maintenance departments and service shops across a range of industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, government, retail, healthcare and education. Sales in 2013 were made to approximately 1.4 million customers averaging 109,000 daily transactions. The company’s KeepStock program provides services to approximately 21,000 customers at approximately 55,000 unique customer installations. Customers can also purchase products through Grainger.com. Grainger.com provides access to approximately 1.2 million products. Grainger.com provides real-time price and product availability and detailed product information, and offers advanced features such as product search and compare capabilities. In 2013, the company transitioned Grainger.com to a new Web platform, launched a Spanish language Website and introduced new applications for mobile devices. Customers can also purchase products through other branded Websites. In 2013, the company’s sales were private label items bearing the company’s registered trademarks, such as 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 2014, offers approximately 590,000 facilities maintenance and other products. Approximately 1.6 million copies of the catalog were produced. In addition, the company’s United States business issues targeted catalogs for its multiple branded products, as well as other marketing materials. Canada Acklands – Grainger operates as Canada’s broad-line distributor of industrial and safety supplies. The Canadian business serves customers through 171 branches, sales and service representatives and 6 DCs across Canada. Acklands – Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and other items. During 2013, approximately 15,200 sales transactions were completed daily. A comprehensive catalog, printed in both English and French, was issued in February 2014. The catalog has approximately 139,000 products and is used by cust

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