Do it Best boosts cleaning category
Cleaning supplies and storage have become a separate category with their own dedicated buyer at Do it Best Corp., the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op. Amanda Harmeyer, the organization’s former associate merchandise manager for housewares, has been promoted to merchandise manager for Cleaning Supplies and Storage, a newly created position.
A five-year veteran of Do it Best, Harmeyer previously worked in merchandising for two international retailers.
“This category is an important and promising area of growth for our members, which is why we’ve invested in this new position on our merchandising team,” said Steve Markley, VP merchandising for Do it Best.
With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. serves more than 4,000 member-owned locations in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.
True Value gets focused on the farm
When Mike Clark, True Value’s senior VP and chief merchandising officer, talks about growth areas, he points to canning, he points to pet food. He points to strength in these warm times, of anything that moves cool air through a ouse, or moves water around the yard.
But Clark seems most excited about initiatives in farm and ranch.
Research showed that about 500 to 600 True Value members were involved in one or more of the farm and ranch categories. These categories represented about a third of their businesses, on average. But the members were buying their product somewhere else.
“We have 12 DCs,” Clark said. “These are loyal members. That’s why we believe we can develop warehouse programs to allow them to buy in smaller increments. We can competitively price this product.”
In June 2011, increased its sku count by 200%. The co-op now has more than 10,000 skus available in the key areas of farm ranch, which includes specialty pet and automotive products.
The plan includes regional education meetings with members and a farm and ranch retail council, to provide guidance and feedback on assortment and planograms.
The co-op’s story in farm ranch will be on full display at the Fall Market in Salt Lake City Sept. 21-23.
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Ace names Venhuizen successor to Griffith
Ace Hardware president and CEO Ray Griffith announced his plans to retire from the hardware cooperative on March 31, 2013, and the company’s board of directors has named Ace’s chief operating officer John Venhuizen his successor.
Effective Sept. 1, 2012, Venhuizen assumed the role of president, while retaining his existing chief operating officer duties of Ace Hardware Corp. Griffith will maintain his role as CEO until his retirement.
When Griffith retires in 2013, he will have served as president, CEO or COO for more than eight years, having seen Ace through a period of dramatic change, growth and financial success. Ace’s board of directors and Griffith have developed this succession plan over the past three years, and Venhuizen is their clear choice.
“Ray’s decision to retire and spend more time with his family has been a deliberate and well thought-out process,” said Ace Hardware chairman of the board David Ziegler. “As part of the company’s succession plan, Ray and the board have worked together on the appropriate timing that is right both for the company and for Ray personally. John has worked side-by-side with Ray for the past 14 years and has unquestionably proven his leadership abilities.”
Since joining the cooperative in 1992, Venhuizen, 42, has served as chief operating officer and as VP business development, retail development, retail training and international. He has led many of the major business units throughout the organization, including supply chain, category management and information technology.
“John has already achieved tremendous success as a leader of this organization,” said Griffith. “He has played a significant role in placing a renewed emphasis on the Ace consumer, always keeping the needs of Ace’s independent retailers in mind.” Additionally, Venhuizen has improved Ace’s store model by identifying the core mix of products that can deliver the most profitable and successful outcome for Ace retailers.”
Griffith joined Ace in 1994 and oversaw several major initiatives as CEO, including the implementation of SAP-enhanced supply chain.
“Ace’s performance has been outstanding under Ray’s leadership and the company is poised for a sound future under John’s leadership — strategically, financially, operationally and from a management perspective” said Ziegler.
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