- Vendor Name: Shell
- Headquarters: The Hague, Netherlands
- Year Established: 1907
- Number of Locations: Over 40,000
- Area Served: Worldwide
Shell was created in 1907 when the Shell Transport and Trading Company (of the United Kingdom) and the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company (of the Netherlands) merged. The two joined to compete with the already successful Standard Oil company in the U.S.
In 1919, Shell gained control of the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company and formed Shell-Mex Limited in 1921. Then, in 1932, the Shell-Mex brand merged with British Petroleum to form Shell-Mex and BP Ltd. (The companies separated in 1975.) Shell also introduced the Shell gas card and offered it to its frequent customers.
Shell created a new parent company, Royal Dutch Shell, in 2004 and established its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. The Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and the Shell Transport and Trading Company were delisted from the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, respectively.
Today, the company operates as four business groupings – the Upstream Americas, which manages business in North and South America; Upstream International, which manages business outside of the Americas; Downstream, which manages distribution, manufacturing, and marketing; and Projects & Technology, which manages the delivery of projects and creates technological solutions.