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Grainger’s Search UX

This is a usability benchmark of the e-commerce search experience of Grainger and 49 other sites. The overall performance of Grainger is poor. Grainger's search experience is particularly thwarted by usability issues related to broken Results Logic & Guidance, broken Results Layout, and poor Autocomplete. That said, their search experience performs great within Search Form & Logic.

Rank: #22 of 50

Usability Score: 219

URL: grainger.com

Reviewed by: Thomas Grønne

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Overall Search UX Performance

60 Guidelines · Score: 219.0

Query Types

12 Guidelines · Score: 92.0

Guideline #1: Adhered High · Score: 54.5
Guideline #2: Violated Low · Score: -27.3
Guideline #3: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #4: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #5: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #6: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #7: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #8: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #9: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #10: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #11: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
Guideline #12: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
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Search Form & Logic

10 Guidelines · Score: 153.3

“State of the Art” Performance
Guideline #13: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #14: Violated High · Score: -40.9
Guideline #15: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #16: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #17: Issue Resolved · Score: 34.1
Guideline #18: Adhered Low · Score: 17.0
Guideline #19: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #20: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
Guideline #21: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #22: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
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Autocomplete

7 Guidelines · Score: -0.0

Guideline #23: Violated High · Score: -40.9
Guideline #24: Violated High · Score: -40.9
Guideline #25: Adhered High · Score: 20.4
Guideline #26: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #27: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #28: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #29: Adhered High · Score: 27.3
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Results Logic & Guidance

8 Guidelines · Score: -95.4

“Broken” Performance
Guideline #30: Violated Low · Score: -23.9
Guideline #31: Violated Low · Score: -23.9
Guideline #32: Violated High · Score: -40.9
Guideline #33: Violated High · Score: -27.3
Guideline #34: Adhered High · Score: 20.4
Guideline #35: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #36: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #37: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
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Results Layout

8 Guidelines · Score: -115.8

“Broken” Performance
Guideline #38: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #39: Issue Resolved · Score: 54.5
Guideline #40: Violated High · Score: -54.5
Guideline #41: Violated High · Score: -47.7
Guideline #42: Violated Low · Score: -17.0
Guideline #43: Violated Low · Score: -17.0
Guideline #44: Neutral · Score: 0.0
Guideline #45: Neutral · Score: 0.0
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Results Filtering & Sorting

15 Guidelines · Score: 184.0

Guideline #46: Violated High · Score: -54.5
Guideline #47: Violated High · Score: -54.5
Guideline #48: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #49: Adhered Low · Score: 23.9
Guideline #50: Adhered High · Score: 47.7
Guideline #51: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #52: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #53: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #54: Violated High · Score: -34.1
Guideline #55: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #56: Not Applicable · Score: 0.0
Guideline #57: Adhered High · Score: 40.9
Guideline #58: Adhered High · Score: 34.1
Guideline #59: Adhered Low · Score: 17.0
Guideline #60: Issue Resolved · Score: 13.6
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All 50 sites were benchmarked across the 60 guidelines from the E-Commerce Search usability study. During our evaluation, the search engine and interface of Grainger adhered to 26 usability guidelines, violated 18, and scored neutral on 3 occasions, while a remaining 13 guidelines weren’t applicable.

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Industry Comparison: Home & Hardware

Overall Grainger ranks 22 when comparing their on-site e-commerce search UX against the search experience on the 49 other major US e-commerce sites in the benchmark, and ranks 4 in the Home & Hardware industry.

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1. Lowe's

4. Grainger

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