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W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review


W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Price $125.00
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Publisher GlobalData
Date of Report Apr 15, 2011
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W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Summary

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger) is a broad-line distributor of facilities maintenance products. The company is involved in the distribution of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products and also offers related services and information such as inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. Grainger serves its customer base of more than two million through a multi-channel business model. It operates an integrated network of distribution network including 612 branches and 22 distribution centers. The company has three reportable segments; the United States, Canada and Other Businesses. It has operations in various countries including the US, Canada, Japan, China, India, Puerto Rico, Panama and Mexico. Grainger is headquartered in Illinois, the US.

This comprehensive SWOT profile of W.W. Grainger, Inc. provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalData to bring to you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

The profile contains critical company information including:

- Business description – A detailed description of the company’s operations and business divisions.
- Corporate strategy – Analyst’s summarization of the company’s business strategy.
- SWOT Analysis – A detailed analysis of the company’s strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.
- Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
- Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.

Note: Some sections may be missing if data is unavailable for the company

Key benefits of buying this profile include:

You get detailed information about the company and its operations to identify potential customers and suppliers.
- The profile analyzes the company’s business structure, operations, major products and services, prospects, locations and subsidiaries, key executives and their biographies and key competitors.

Understand and respond to your competitors’ business structure and strategies, and capitalize on their weaknesses. Stay up to date on the major developments affecting the company.
- The company’s core strengths and weaknesses and areas of development or decline are analyzed and presented in the profile objectively. Recent developments in the company covered in the profile help you track important events.

Equip yourself with information that enables you to sharpen your strategies and transform your operations profitably.
- Opportunities that the company can explore and exploit are sized up and its growth potential assessed in the profile. Competitive and/or technological threats are highlighted.

Scout for potential investments and acquisition targets, with detailed insight into the companies’ strategic, financial and operational performance.
- Financial ratio presented for major public companies in the profile include the revenue trends, profitability, growth, margins and returns, liquidity and leverage, financial position and efficiency ratios.

Gain key insights into the company for academic or business research.
- Key elements such as SWOT analysis, corporate strategy and financial ratios and charts are incorporated in the profile to assist your academic or business research needs.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2
List of Tables 3
List of Figures 3
Section 1 - About the Company 4
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Key Facts 4
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Key Employees 5
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Key Employee Biographies 6
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Major Products and Services 7
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - History 9
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Company Statement 11
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Locations And Subsidiaries 14
Head Office 14
Other Locations & Subsidiaries 14
Section 2 – Company Analysis 17
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Business Description 17
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - SWOT Analysis 19
SWOT Analysis - Overview 19
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Strengths 19
Strength - Wide Range of Products 19
Strength - Highly Integrated Network 19
Strength - Strong Market Position 19
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Weaknesses 20
Weakness - Heavy Dependence on the US Market 20
Weakness - Legal Proceedings 20
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Opportunities 20
Opportunity - Growth of Emerging Markets 20
Opportunity - Broadening Product Portfolio 20
Opportunity - Inorganic Growth 20
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Threats 21
Threat - Consolidations in Supplier and Customer Industries 21
Threat - Legal and Political Framework 21
Threat - Highly Competitive Market 21
W.W. Grainger, Inc. - Key Competitors 22
Section 3 – Company Financial Ratios 23
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios 23
Performance Chart 25
Financial Performance 25
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios 26
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts 27
Section 4 – Company’s Power Financial Deals and Alliances 28
W.W. Grainger, Inc., Power, Deals By Year, 2005 to YTD 2011 28
W.W. Grainger, Inc., Power, Deals By Type, 2005 to YTD 2011 29
W.W. Grainger, Inc., Recent Deals Summary 30
Section 5 – Appendix 31
Methodology 31
Ratio Definitions 31
About GlobalData 35
Contact Us 35
Disclaimer 35




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