Five Long Island companies have made it into the top tier of U.S. multi-channel marketers, measured by sales. These are businesses that use more than one way to reach customers, whether through retail stores, catalogs, websites, email or direct mail.
Of the five, three are among the nation's top 20 ranked by the trade publication Multichannel Merchant based on 2010 revenue.
At #6 nationwide was Henry Schein, a Melville distributor of healthcare and veterinary supplies, with $7.5 billion in 2010 direct sales. That's up from $6.5 billion in 2009. Shown above is Stanley Bergman, Schein's CEO.
Schein outsold all other U.S. multi-channel companies except Dell (perennial #1), Thermo Fisher Scientific, IBM, Staples and CDW Corp.
Long Island's second-best showing, at #12, was Systemax, the Port Washington computer retailer with $3.59 billion in 2010 sales, up from $3.1 billion in 2009. The company retails online through Circuit City and TigerDirect.com, and through brick-and-mortar stores with CompUSA.
MSC Industrial Direct Co., a Melville seller of industrial and workplace safety equipment, ranked #19 with $1.65 billion in 2010, up from $1.44 in 2009.
Farther down in the rankings, at #46, came 1-800-Flowers.com, of Carle Place, with $500 million in sales for both 2010 and 2009.
Ranked #76 was NBTY, the Ronkonkoma vitamin maker, with $246 million in sales, up from $224.9 million the previous year.