June 4, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) presented Do it Best Corp. president and CEO Bob Taylor with one of its highest honors in recognition of his leadership and his company’s 30-plus years of support of the organization.

March 13, 2015

Dealers united by growth, opportunity and execution

March 13, 2015

These stores have what it takes. Three stories from the front lines of retailing.

October 20, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. distributed more than a $100 million in member rebates during the co-op's annual shareholders meeting Sunday night. 

It was the 11th consecutive year of $100 million-plus rebates, and another chance for CEO Bob Taylor to present his state-of-the company report -- emphasis on members growing their business and overcoming challenges.

August 20, 2014

Sierra Pacific promoted Bob Taylor to VP of business development and customer service for its Window Division.

Taylor played a key role in the success of the SP Window and Door operations and was previously the Plant Manager at the SP Windows Plant in Red Bluff, California. 

July 31, 2014

Bob Taylor utilizes technology to make better decisions for co-op and members.

May 8, 2014

Las Vegas -- Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor offered a dose of industry optimism during the Presidents Council lunch event here during the National Hardware Show. 

Taylor, who reminisced briefly about his childhood trips to the National Hardware Show with his father, said it was encouraging to see "renewed growth" at the show. 

March 21, 2014

Executives from Do it Best Corp. celebrated the grand opening of the co-op’s new Retail Service Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., and Sikeston Mayor Jerry Pullen cut the ribbon on the 550,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will serve as the co-op’s strategic hub for product distribution to members throughout the Midwest and central United States. 

January 24, 2014

Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor promoted the virtues of the local independent hardware and lumber and building materials stores in his recent blog that appeared on Independent We Stand.

Among them: Local knowledge; product assortment and experience.

He added: “Money spent with your local independent store stays local and is reinvested into the community.” 

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- During its annual shareholders meeting, Do it Best Corp. CEO Bob Taylor and chairman of the board Tom Lamberth leaned on a variety of statistics to describe the state of the co-op. 

Most metrics were in the positive column, with annual gross sales up 4.4% to $2.80 billion, compared with $2.68 billion in 2012, which had an extra week on the calendar. (The co-op’s fiscal year ended June 29.) 

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- In addition to merchandise and networking, the Do it Best Market included opportunities for the co-op to promote some of its key programs to its member base.

Chief among them is the co-op’s consumer-friendly rewards program called “Best Rewards. “If there's one program for you to embrace in 2014, I hope that Best Rewards is at the top of your list,” said CEO Bob Taylor during his shareholders meeting address. “It’s that powerful.” 

October 19, 2013

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. members appear to be buying into the idea of a recovery. At the co-op’s October Market here, which runs through Oct. 21, sales of Sneak Peak merchandise amounted to $8.8 million in 90 minutes, a new record. 

“The October market always provides our members a wealth of opportunities to learn, connect and plan for the year ahead,” said Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor. 

June 19, 2013

Federal efficiency regulations have spurred change in the light bulb industry, and that is good news for hardware dealers whose expertise can set them apart and help grow market share.

May 29, 2013

Indianapolis -- Bob Taylor has a good memory for weather conditions.

Back in March, the Do it Best Corp. CEO flew out of Fort Wayne, Ind., with the thermometer reading 14 degrees. On exactly the same day the year before, traveling to the same business event, the temperature was a balmy 83 degrees.

May 19, 2013

Indianapolis -- A number of innovations, events and product deals helped draw thousands of member-owners to the 2013 Do it Best May Market. 

“From the strong member response at the Sneak Peek, to the solid attendance at our many seminars and training events and continuing out to the bustle on the market floor, we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm among our members this weekend,” said Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor.

October 1, 2012

Attendance numbers are expected to increase at the Do it Best Fall Market in Indianapolis, which officially kicks off Oct. 13.

An early reading about five weeks ahead of the upcoming October market showed double-digit percentage increases in store attendance, and increases in total badges even higher.

“It’s a dramatic difference,” said CEO Bob Taylor. “We’ll have to see, but it’s a great early sign that maybe [the industry] turned a corner.”

September 28, 2012

One of the challenges facing independent hardware stores in late 2012, as an election looms and uncertainty reigns, can be classified under the headline: “Good problem to have.” Specifically, it’s the challenge of managing a business through an upswing.

September 17, 2012

Taylor’s Do it Center of Virginia Beach, Va., celebrated the grand opening of its 11th store Saturday. 

The hardware store retailer’s newest store is in the Courthouse Marketplace shopping center in Virginia Beach. The store is the chain’s fifth in Virginia Beach.

 “It was an old fashioned grand opening with a board cutting, the mayor and chief of police,” said marketing manager Tom Townsend. The store’s soft opening took place in August.

July 13, 2012

Officials from Do it Best Corp. put shovels to dirt Thursday morning as they officially broke ground in Sikeston, Mo., at the site of what will be the co-op’s newest and most technologically advanced Retail Service Center (RSC).

June 1, 2012

It started out as an exercise in benchmarking of an economic recovery, turned to an examination of best practices for independent retailers and concluded with a celebration of family-retailing values.

It was the second-annual Golden Hammer Retailer Award Panel held during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas last month. Officially titled, “The Recovery: Is it real, and what to do about it?” the discussion also flowed from specific business tips to general economic outlooks.

May 20, 2012

Indianapolis -- Hockey legend Jim Craig, the goalie from the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic hockey team of 1980 delivered the keynote speech during the Do it Best Corp. May Market here. Craig’s message of teamwork was similar to that of Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor. 

May 8, 2012

Do it Best Corp. CEO Bob Taylor accepted the Home Channel Hall of Fame award during the Golden Hammer Awards at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Safety Works VP safety sales John Shields introduced the inductee.

May 2, 2012

The 28th Golden Hammer Awards saw Bob Taylor enter the Home Channel Hall of Fame and Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware take home the Retailer of the Year award.

Single-store operator McDaniel’s Do-It Center of Snohomish, Wash., was also recognized as the Golden Hammer “Tools of the Trade” honoree. 

May 1, 2012

As the National Hardware Show kicks off in Las Vegas, the Golden Hammer Awards program enters its 28th year.

Wednesday morning at the show, the Home Channel News Golden Hammer event will honor the best of the best among home improvement suppliers and recognize outstanding achievement in the retail field. A twist for 2012: A Golden Hammer panel discussion with the working title: “The recovery: Is it real? And what to do about it?”