If it wasn't for my rep and some relationships, I would not buy from Anixter. Competing against me, poor stock levels, un-knowledgeable staff in some locations. Wesco I'm not sure is any better. They sell directly to the end user and will source about anything I believe. Again, great personal relationships, but as a company, I'll pass.
It’s interesting that there are so many negatives on Anixter for selling to the end user. I don’t disagree, they certainly have a long history on a per office location for pulling that. However, I worked for another manufacturer that only went thru distribution for almost a decade and I can absolutely say that WESCO/CSC went direct to far more end users. It will be interesting to see how these two companies combine culturally.
All I read was, "SS&Si ............ will grow because of their hands on customer approach and relationships." Did I miss anything? :)
Thanks Abraham. We see this as an opportunity as well. I hope that the "synergies" (aka branch closures and layoffs) won't cause too much pain for the "folks" but I suspect the best of them will find new opportunities as well.
It does not say much of anything specific outside they are working on a plan, e.g.:
Bringing together two complex companies requires a very thoughtful integration plan. We will work with John [Wesco CEO] and other WESCO leaders to establish an integration team which will comprise members from both companies. The focus of this process will be ensuring we combine our two great companies in a manner that builds on our collective capabilities and past successes.
Net/net, between the time it takes to close this deal and implement the integration, this could take years until it's done.