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Global Industrial runs with a timely new brand message

As it approaches $1 billion in sales and deals with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the distributor’s new branding tag line—“We Can Supply That”—coincides with the company’s desire to make its B2B ecommerce site “more welcoming” to customers during the pandemic and beyond, CEO Barry Litwin says. Above: A Global Industrial branded factory floor scrubber.

MSC Industrial Supply builds out digital services for metalworking

The company’s new MSC MillMax digital program is designed to engage customers by making it easier for them to set up complicated milling operations and reduce manufacturing costs. The program is helping MSC grow in a multibillion-dollar market.

Gearflow emerges as a B2B marketplace for construction equipment

The marketplace hosts more than 70 online storefronts for equipment and parts ranging from backhoes to hydraulics and engine components. Average order value is between $800 and $900, and the number of repeat buyers is surging, CEO Luke Powers says. Above: a John Deere excavator featured on

Grainger hires an ex-Ticketmaster executive for product engineering

Anaf Durrani, a former vice president of engineering at Ticketmaster, joins W.W. Grainger as vice president of technology product engineering. He’ll work on providing new digital programs and services for customers, the multibillion-dollar distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products says. Above: Grainger's Lake Forest, Illinois, headquarters.

Amazon Business is coming for the construction Industry: Part 2

In this second of two articles, Luke Powers, co-founder and CEO of, asserts that a dedicated online marketplace for the construction equipment and parts industry can provide a range of services to construction companies not available through a mass market marketplace like Amazon Business. Above: A Belaz rock-hauling truck.

Home Depot plans to battle harder for the MRO ecommerce market

Following Tuesday’s announcement that Home Depot was spending billions to buy MRO distributor HD Supply, Home Depot CEO Craig Menear tells investment analysts that he sees strong growth ahead in the business of selling maintenance, repair and operations products. Above: Ridgid power tools sold at Home Depot.

Home Depot buys back HD Supply for about $9 billion

The Home Depot is out to compete more with online sellers including W.W. Grainger and Amazon Business by targeting the market for industrial maintenance, repair and operations products with an agreement to purchase HD Supply, a national MRO distributor it sold years ago. “The MRO customer is highly valued by The Home Depot,” Home Depot CEO Craig Menear said today.

Grainger gains digital sales and midsize customers in Q3

W.W. Grainger posted a third-quarter sales increase of “about 20%” in its and “endless assortment” businesses, as total sales inched up 2% year over year to top $3 billion, the distributor of industrial supplies said today.

At Fastenal, ecommerce returns to its pre-COVID share of total sales

After the pandemic caused a decline in electronic and total orders during its second quarter, the multibillion-dollar distributor of industrial and construction supplies saw its ecommerce orders jump back to more than 10% of sales for the third quarter as Fastenal’s market showed signs of “healing itself,” CEO Dan Florness said last week.