In the sometimes uncertain world of firearms retailers, you need a company you can trust and a retailer that has staying power. For the third year in a row, we’ve demonstrated just that as we’ve been named to the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. This year we rank at number 2169, a great showing for our third straight year in the top half of the list.
Although 1800GunsAndAmmo is a relatively new site and we’re just getting up to speed, the foundation on which our exciting new site is built upon should show that there are plenty of big things coming. Just take a look at our three Inc. 5000 rankings:
- 2016 Inc. 5000 – #2169 – Growth 170%
- 2015 Inc. 5000 – #1463 – Growth 282%
- 2014 Inc. 5000 – #381 – Growth 1,255%
Those are some big time rankings for a firearms and outdoor gear retailer, and you won’t find many other companies that do what we do on the list, especially with a consistent three year ranking. Just listen to our CEO Mikhail Orlov on how far we’ve come from our founding in 2009:
“2016 marks the 6th full year since the founding of Weby Corp. It is also our third year in a row to make Inc 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. Yes, our first year on the list was our highest placement, but that’s expected when you go ‘from zero to hero.’ Sustaining the momentum over time has been a challenge, but I feel we are zeroing in on the winning formula with each passing year. Hindsight is always 20-20. Could we’ve done something to grow faster, be bigger and more profitable? Absolutely. But retailing has evolved more in the last 5 years than in the previous 50. The pendulum swung from everyone being in love with eCommerce only and predicting the death of brick and mortar, back to recognizing the importance of face to face interaction. Finally they settled on the ambiguous term – omnichannel.”
“Over the last three years, Weby has managed to open two retail locations, launch two new websites, www.1800Gear.com and www.1800GunsAndAmmo.com, and expand our presence in the Prime Program of Amazon. A customer can walk into one of our stores, experience the product with the guidance of our experts and then complete the purchase through whatever method that he or she feels most comfortable with – in person, on our site or our store on Amazon. In the end, it’s a win for everyone. That is a future of retailing delivered today.”
As our CEO mentioned, 1800GunsAndAmmo.com is just part of the growing family with a proven track record of success. Our other new site, 1800Gear.com is live and taking orders as well, and you can find us on Amazon as well as at our established parent site Webyshops. We’re especially excited about our new sites 1800GunsAndAmmo and 1800Gear as we’re working hard everyday to make them destinations for everything firearms and shooting sports related and outdoor and camping related respectively. Over the next year we plan to add a staggering amount of popular brands to our already impressive offering, and we won’t stop until our sites provide the most comprehensive offering of shooting sports and outdoor products on the web.
We also believe that cutting ourselves off from the physical retail world will leave us alienated from those who provide the most important input: the customer. That’s why we maintain two showrooms at our Arlington, TX location just a few miles from where the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers play. Our showrooms give us a unique opportunity to interact with the customer, see what trends and questions come up for them, and then address those needs online so our customers who don’t have a trusted gun store near them can still get the same rich shopping experience.
Finally, we fulfill directly from our Arlington location when possible, and we strive to ship orders the same or next business day as long as availability and shipping company deadlines make it possible. As you can see, we’re a one stop shop for everything shooting sports and outdoor gear, and the best is still yet to come.