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.
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
R. G. Dun & Company merges with The Bradstreet Company.
R. H. Donnelley starts the Chicago Directory Company and introduces his first telephone directory in 1886 1886
Promotedto general in 1916, at age 35, he liberated two major provinces in eastern Turkey thatyear. In the next two years, he served as commander of several Ottoman armies inPalestine, Aleppo, and elsewhere, achieving another major victory by stopping the enemyadvance at Aleppo.
R. G. Dun & Company introduces a new way of financial reporting
Douglass turned over the Agency to his brother-in-law, Robert Graham Dun. Under the new name, R.G. Dun & Company.
Dun & Bradstreet takes over a competitor, The Credit Clearing House
Dun & Bradstreet moves to 99 Church Street headquarters in New York City
Dun & Bradstreet introduces Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) and takes over Moody’s
Dun & Bradstreet produces its first publication based on a digital database.
Dun & Bradstreet produces the first computer generated financial report on a minicomputer
Dun & Bradstreet crosses $ 1 billion turnover and $ 100 million profit
Dun & Bradstreet develops D-U-N-SNet, the telephone network of the company
Dun & Bradstreet takes over AC Nielsen
Dun & Bradstreet commences operations in India
Launches its maiden publication India’s Top 500 Companies and quarterly report Business Optimism Index in India
Embarks on a 5 year alliance with India's leading stock exchange - Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
Partners with Export Credit Gaurantee Corporation of India (ECGC) giving access to exporters in India
Dun & Bradstreet launches the new corporate branding and changes its name to D&B
Dun & Bradstreet introduces and gets the patent for the D-U-N-SRight principle Sets up India's first credit bureau, Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited with TransUnion, SBI and HDFC; and other public / private sector banks of India
Creates Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East (D&B SAME) Launches a business vertical Economic Analysis Group (EAG) in India, to create content and research
Launches another business verticle Financial Education Solutions (now Learning Solutions) in India, to create knowledge based events and trainings
Dun & Bradstreet launches DNBi in America and reaches the first 100 million companies data Dun & Bradtreet India database crosses 1 million records
Dun & Bradstreet gets 1st place in financial data in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies Launches HOOVERS and Trade Exchange Programe in India
Launches Project Appraisal Services for Indian customers
Dun & Bradstreet India database crosses 5 million records
Dun & Bradstreet India launches D&B Compliance Verification in India
Dun & Bradstreet modernizes the brand
Merger of two business units – LS & EAG to LEIG
Launched Master Data Solution & D&B Credit