Posted January 31, 2019

AD supplier sales grow by 13 percent

AD reported an 11 percent increase in member sales, across 12 AD divisions, totaling $41.4 billion in 2018. Purchases from AD suppliers grew by 13 percent in 2018.

On a same-store basis, by industry, 2018 PHCP sales were up 12 percent; Industrial / PT sales were up 11 percent; Electrical sales were up 8 percent; and Building Materials was up 4 percent. By country, same store sales in the U.S. grew 10 percent; Canada was up 8 percent and Mexico grew 10 percent.

“2018 was an exceptional year, we broke sales, purchases and distribution records across all AD divisions, and we added value to our members and suppliers through our innovative programs," said Bill Weisberg, AD chairman and CEO. "Our most notable strategic accomplishment in 2018 was AD’s transition to member ownership. Given that ownership was not mandatory, we are particularly gratified that over 500 members chose to become AD owners. Collectively, these members represent 95 percent of AD’s business and include every member of every divisional board.”

Weisberg added that AD eCommerce Solutions ended the year with close to 4 million SKUs across six AD divisions and increased the number of AD members using AD content on their live digital branches by 91 percent. AD members saved $8.3 million using AD Procurement Services, which represents more than a $3 million increase compared to 2017. AD HR Services provided members with over $1.5 million in value.

"I couldn’t be prouder of what our members, suppliers and associates accomplished,” Weisberg said.