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Dun & Bradstreet, a reliable partner in all your business decisions.
Many people believe the data revolution began in recent years. At Dun & Bradstreet, we take a slightly different view. We turn the clock back to July 20, 1841 – the day we set up shop as The Mercantile Agency in New York City.
Founded by Lewis Tappan, the agency helped spark a business information revolution by creating a network of correspondents that served as a source of reliable, consistent and objective credit information.
Dun & Bradstreet has grown considerably since the early days to retain its lead in the market by providing its customers with solutions and expert advice to enable them to take reliable credit, marketing as well as purchasing decisions.
Mercantile Agency set up by Lewis Tappan, the forerunner of Dun & Bradstreet
Benjamin Douglas becomes a partner in the Mercantile Agency
John M. Bradstreet sets up the rival credit reporting agency in Cincinnati
The Mercantile Agency places an order for 100 typewriters so that financial reports can be made on carbon paper
R. G. Dun & Company merges with The Bradstreet Company Dun & Bradstreet
Dun & Bradstreet moves to 99 Church Street headquarters in New York City
Dun & Bradstreet produces its first publication based on a digital database
Dun & Bradstreet passes $ 1 billion turnover and $ 100 million profit
Dun & Bradstreet develops DUNSNet, the telephone network of the company
Dun & Bradstreet takes over AC Nielsen
Dun & Bradstreet launches the new corporate branding and changes its name to D&B
Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland & William McKinley
J.D. Rockefeller – who turned out to be a good credit risk; 1863 was the year he set up a refinery that blossomed into Standard Oil.
Dun & Bradstreet has undergone a period of restructuring in recent years, designed to make Dun & Bradstreet a more tightly focused company. Just before the turn of the century, A.C. Nielsen, Cognizant, Reuben H. Donnelley and Moody's Corporation were all spun off to allow each company to pursue focused strategies for its specific businesses.
In February 2014, Dun & Bradstreet launched a new strategy to drive long-term sustainable growth and to become one global company delivering indispensable content through modern channels to serve new customer needs. We are focused on the commercial marketplace and continuing to be the world's largest and best provider of insight about businesses.