A couple of months back (Yes, I’m tardy in reporting. Life gets in the way sometimes.), I was invited to CDW’s headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL for a “red carpet tour” of their facilities to get a firsthand look inside the computer and tech products distributor and reseller giant. The facility is located about 40 minutes outside of downtown Chicago and is a big mainstay business in the area, employing over 7,000 people worldwide with 26 facilities across North America and Canada.Formerly known as Computer Discount Warehouse, but now just CDW, the company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the same ticker symbol. As you might expect, their HQ facility is massive at roughly 450,000 square-feet...
Think multiple stories of inventory racks, conveyors, robots, scanning and labeling systems, all stretching on for many football fields long. Tom Brady could throw slant and flat combinations to Edleman and Gronkowski in this place till they were all gassed and still not hit the end zone. Simply put – impressive.