May 18, 2015

The co-op's fast-paced May Market Merchandising Preview ran the spectrum from Hershey bars to 3-dimensional printers.

May 13, 2015

At Indianapolis this weekend: A 70th anniversary, BOGOs and e-commerce.

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

May 16, 2014

Indianapolis -- Do it Best VP merchandising Steve Markley pointed to opportunities in farm-and-ranch products as well as home-automation technology during the co-op's May market merchandising preview.

May 20, 2013

Indianapolis -- Speaking to the collected body of Do it Best Dealers during the co-op's Merchandising Market Preview here, Steve Markley described light bulbs as a high-interest, high-reward category. 

March 15, 2013

In Hartville, Ohio, sits America's largest independent home center at 305,000 sq. ft. In the middle of Hartville Hardware sits a house constructed entirely of U.S.-made products — from the foundation to the sheet rock, paint and appliances.

"There's definitely been an increase in people wanting to buy U.S.-made products," says Howard Miller, president of Hartville Hardware, a member of the Do it Best co-op. "General Electric makes washers and dryers in the U.S. and people love that. They're asking for U.S.-made all the time."

December 10, 2010

More than 70 potential new suppliers met with Do it Best merchandise managers at their Fort Wayne, Ind., headquarters during an open buying day Nov. 30.

November 2, 2008

The Vendor of the Year awards were given to Irwin Industrial Tools, which was selected...

October 5, 2008

The middle seat of the supply chain is not the most comfortable spot. But this...

August 26, 2007

Do it Best, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op, recently promoted long-time company executive Steve Markley...

August 12, 2007

Steve Markley has served as division merchandise manager and created the global sourcing department....