Anixter President & CEO Update on COVID-19
Our Top Priorities:
The Safety of our Employees and Support for our Customers

March 20, 2020

Dear Customers,

The health and well-being of our employees, customers, suppliers, and communities is a top priority for Anixter.  In the early days as COVID-19 began to spread to other parts of the world, Anixter established a Coronavirus Task Force which has representatives from all key business functions inside of Anixter operating with two primary priorities: protecting our own employees and ensuring business continuity for our customers.

In response to the virus situation, current health advisory guidelines from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control in the US, and a variety of widespread government regulations emerging globally, we are currently enabling those who can conduct their jobs remotely to work from home and have established additional guidelines for social distancing to help keep employees safe.  We have also established specific safety measures in our distribution facilities to safeguard our warehouse associates as they continue to ship products and perform other value add services so critical to our customers.   Anixter’s “hub and spoke” method of inventory management enables us to continue serving customers even if one or more warehouses were forced to close.  Our great Anixter teams are equipped with the tools and capabilities to continue to actively communicate with you and service your needs.

Of course, we’re in uncharted territory with this global event. We are making adjustments to our business to ensure our employees are safe while allowing customers to receive the critical products and services they need.   Where state or local municipalities have announced “shelter in place” orders, Anixter will continue to supply to “essential businesses” in markets such as energy, healthcare and public safety, government, telecommunications and cloud computing services.  We will continue to serve these mission critical customers while maintaining the health and safety of our employees.  If closings do occur, we are prepared for remedial action and we will communicate any disruption with you as quickly as possible and exhaust every effort to find an alternative method to service your needs. For further information, see the attached document.

Where state or local municipalities have announced “shelter in place” orders, Anixter will continue to supply to “essential businesses” in markets such as energy, healthcare and public safety, government, telecommunications and cloud computing services. 

Additionally, digital services can help relieve the pressure on people during these difficult times with social distancing and work-from-home policies increasing. Anixter has a variety of digital services to support you, including Anixter.com, direct connections through Punchout Catalogs, EDI, API, and other direct system integration.   

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Anixter sales associate. The entire Anixter team remains fully committed to helping you sustain your business in this incredibly challenging global environment.

Our best to you, your family and your company as we work together to persevere through the days ahead.

Kind regards,


Bill Galvin
President & CEO