History of the Grainger Catalog – Yesterday and Today
The Grainger catalog goes by many names. It’s been known as The MotorBook, The Big Book, The Grainger Catalog, and The Catalog. This year, catalog devotees will simply refer to the catalog by its issue number — The 406.Producing the Grainger catalog each year is a monumental effort that requires a full year to plan, produce and print. Besides meeting strict deadlines to keep the huge catalog on schedule, the team is challenged with fitting all of the SKUs into the book, while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the information Grainger customers need and expect. In fact, over the last ten years the number of products in the catalog has grown by over 700%, while the page count has only grown by 29%. The paper used to print the catalog has also become thinner to keep the form factor nearly the same; all to offer more while keeping the catalog easy to use. And today, all of the paper in the catalog is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified to support environmentally sustainable practices. But it’s still big, weighing as much as a healthy newborn baby at 8 pounds 9 ounces.