All Big 50 companies are ranked
according to 2013 total worldwide
sales, and all figures are reported in
USD (in some cases converted based
on the estimated exchange rate).
We obtain information for publicly
traded companies based on annual
reports, earning statements, and
company verifications. For the privately held companies,
we rely on self-reported data and follow-up interviews.
Recently published press releases and company website
information is also used to supplement data for this
report. The Big 50 interviews were conducted via
email, survey, and phone by the Industrial Distribution
We elect to refrain from listing any companies we are
unable to obtain confirmed revenue numbers for, therefore there are a small number of companies we estimate
would have earned a place on the list that were omitted.
These include McMaster Carr, SupplyCore, Hisco, Canadian Bearings, and Fairmont Supply.
For those of you who don’t see your company names
(but think you should): Please feel free to reach out to us
with your contact information, and we’ll add you to our
pool for next year. As always, your feedback is appreciated. Please feel free to reach out to ID’s Executive Editor,
Anna Wells, with comments or questions: