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Supply Chain Management


Applied® operates a robust supply chain network, delivering the right mix of more than 6.5 million industrial products to support customers in virtually every industry. Our continued growth is greatly aided by the partnerships with our suppliers who represent the highest quality brands and deliver innovative solutions for our customers’ needs. We partner with more than 4,000 world-class manufacturers that lead the industry with innovative, efficient and reliable industrial products.

Using scorecards and surveys, we conduct annual performance evaluations of our top suppliers. We carefully review the results and develop action plans that benefit all stakeholders.

Based on our supplier evaluations and with input from senior management, a supplier is selected and presented with an Applied Vendor of the Year award. The award commemorates the tradition and value of our supplier relationships, and its unique design represents Integrity, Innovation, Continuous Improvement and Teamwork, which are central to Applied and our Core Values.

Sourcing & Procurement


Conflict Minerals

The conflict minerals rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission provides assessment and reporting requirements for public companies whose manufactured products contain any of four conflict minerals – tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.

Applied® is primarily an industrial distributor, not a manufacturer. Our products are predominantly used in industrial MRO operations, rather than OEM applications, and therefore are typically not within the rule’s scope. While we cannot certify to the contents of all the millions of products we distribute, we have integrated conflict minerals compliance into our supply chain management processes and continue to assess our suppliers’ products. As a public company, Applied files our Form SD with the SEC, and we post our Conflict Minerals Report on our website.

Supplier Diversity

Applied® has established a Supplier Diversity / Small Business Program that ensures diverse businesses have an opportunity to become one of our valued suppliers. We actively seek and encourage the growth of:

• Minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs)

• Veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned businesses

• Small businesses

• Small disadvantaged businesses

• HUBZone businesses

Suppliers are assessed and chosen based on the best fit for our customers’ needs. It is our intent to participate in diversity-related community events and to provide training when necessary.


Did you Know?

Our business was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923, and we are proud to preserve our historical legacy and corporate headquarters presence in Cleveland’s MidTown area.

Did you Know?

More than one million of our products are Trade Agreement Act (TAA) compliant.