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Do it Best names business development leader

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best Corp. has named Gary Hoffmann to lead a seasoned business development team in the newly created role of national multi-location sales and business development manager, effective immediately.

Hoffmann, an 11-year veteran of Do it Best Corp., will guide a team of business development managers as they partner with growth-oriented co-op members operating multiple locations, often throughout several states. Hoffmann and his team will help this sector of members continue their expansion plans through same-store sales growth as well as the opening of new locations and the acquisition of existing ones.

“Gary’s experience makes him a perfect fit for this new role,” said Jay Brown, VP sales and business development for Do it Best Corp. “By helping our multi-location members leverage proven co-op programs like Retail Performance, Gary and his team are perfectly positioned to strengthen our relationship with our multi-location members as they continue to grow their businesses.”

“I’m blessed to serve on a team that is rich in experience and industry knowledge,” Hoffmann added. “By sharing best practices, pursuing new opportunities, leveraging our world-class programs and resources, and working strategically, I’m excited to bring even more value to our multi-location members.”

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Ace chalks up energy savings to its supply chain

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ace Hardware is celebrating the milestones it has reached within its supply chain in the aim of reducing its carbon footprint this Earth Day.

Specifically, two Ace Hardware Retail Support facilities are being recognized for their participation in zero landfill initiatives, which see to it that a product is reused instead of being sent to a landfill or incinerator. The Ace Hardware Import Redestribution Center in Suffolk, Va. has been enjoying zero landfill status for over a year, and the counterpart facility in Kent, Wash. is 95% of the way there.

“At Ace, our goal is to be environmental stewards, especially in the communities in which our facilities are located,” said Tim Duvall, supply chain director, Ace Hardware Corporation. “We are proud to say that the efforts that our teams execute locally have a far greater global benefit. In 2013 alone, across our entire Retail Support Network, Ace recycled more than 38,000,000 lbs. or 19,000 tons of pallets, plastic and corrugate.”

Additionally, many Ace Retail Support Centers have switched to LED lighting, which has added up to thousands of dollars of cost savings and millions of kilowatts in energy reductions. Some of the newer Retail Support Centers will use energy-efficient, motion detection lighting and power equipment that will run on hydrogen fuel cell technology.

In terms of transport, its vehicle fleet has been certified as part of the EPA’s SmartWay program. Ace also only contracts with approved SmartWay carriers for its freight operations.

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Fontana True Value praised by co-op

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In Canon City, Colo., Fontana True Value is carrying a new stamp of approval: “True Value Best Hardware Store in Town.”

Jim Fontana and Susan Palladino accepted the designation during a True Value Co. ceremony in Atlanta, during which 13 stores were honored.

In Canon City, Fontana True Value is known for empowering employees to make decisions, including returns and price matching. 

“Every day I get customer feedback about how friendly and helpful the employees are,” said Fontana. 

The store is also active in the community through the local Chamber of Commerce, local charities and by providing supplies to local schools during back to school season. 

The Best Hardware Store in Town program has been recognizing True Value retailers since 2007. “These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said John Hartmann, president and CEO of True Value Co.

 

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