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W.W. Grainger, Inc.: We Were Surprised by Grainger's Announced CFO Transition, but Our Outlook Is Unchanged

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GWW
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Industrials
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Current Price
$387.82
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Summary

W.W. Grainger distributes more than 1.7 million maintenance, repair, and operations, or MRO, products that are sourced from over 5,000 suppliers. The company serves more than 3.5 million customers through its online and electronic purchasing platforms, vending machines, catalog distribution, and its network of over 450 global branches. In recent years, Grainger has invested in its e-commerce capabilities, and the firm is the 10th-largest e-commerce site in North America. In 2019, Grainger generated 77% of its $11.5 billion of sales in the United States.

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Analyst Profile

Brian Bernard

Sector Director
Brian Colello, CPA, is director of technology, media, and telecom equity research for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. In addition to leading Morningstar’s technology, media, and telecom sector team, he covers semiconductor and hardware companies. Colello was a senior equity analyst before assuming his current role in 2015.Before joining Morningstar in 2008, he worked in public accounting for KPMG and served as a manager in corporate finance for BMG Music, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG.Colello holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.