|Exchange:||New York Stock Exchange|
|Stock:||W.W. Grainger, Inc.|
|W.W. Grainger, Inc., was incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1928. The Company is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada. The Company uses a multichannel business model to provide customers with options for finding and purchasing products utilizing sales representatives, direct marketing materials and catalogs. The Company has two reportable segments are the United States and Canada. The United States segment reflects the results of Grainger’s U.S. business. The Canada segment reflects the results for Acklands– Grainger Inc. (Acklands – Grainger), Grainger’s Canadian business. Other businesses include the following significant operations: the Fabory Group, MonotaRO, Mexico, China and Colombia. These businesses generate revenue through the distribution of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and products and provide related services. The United States business offers a selection of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, catalogs and the Internet. A combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services is provided by this business. 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. Acklands – Grainger is Canada’s 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 and six DCs across Canada. Acklands – Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and many other items. A comprehensive catalog, printed in both English and French, was recently issued in February 2013. The catalog has approximately 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. Grainger has centralized business support functions that provide coordination and guidance in the areas of accounting and finance, business development, communications and investor relations, compensation and benefits, information systems, health and safety, global supply chain functions, human resources, risk management, internal audit, legal, real estate, security, tax and treasury. These services are provided in varying degrees to all business units. Grainger faces competition in all markets it serves, from manufacturers that sell directly to certain segments of the market, wholesale distributors, catalog houses, retail enterprises and Internet-based businesses. The Company's registered trademarks are DAYTON® motors, SPEEDAIRE® air compressors, AIR HANDLER® air filtration equipment, DEM-KOTE® spray paints, WESTWARD® tools, CONDOR® safety products and LUMAPRO® lighting products. The Company business is subject to an array of laws and regulations in every jurisdiction where it operates and compliance with these laws and regulations increases the cost of doing business.|
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