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Do it Best names new VP retail logistics

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider’s retirement date set for June 30.

Miller, currenlty VP marketing, is well versed in the co-op’s operations side. He joined Do it Best Corp. in 1993 in the information technology division, working with the company’s proprietary point-of-sale computer system, before transitioning to the marketing division as the retail programs manager. In 1999, he moved to the distribution side of the co-op as the company’s first retail logistics director. There he worked with VP John Snider to design and implement WMS, a computer-controlled proprietary warehouse management system that greatly enhanced operational efficiency throughout the co-op’s distribution network.

“Any transition like this certainly brings a mix of emotions,” said Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor. “While we are saddened to see a longtime and well-respected leader like John Snider retire, we are equally excited to have someone of Tim Miller’s caliber stepping in to fill this very important position.”

The co-op has begun a search to fill Miller’s vacated role in marketing.

Snider first started with the co-op in 1985 as the accounts payable supervisor, followed by a promotion to accounting manager in 1987. Then in 1990 he was named VP finance. Over the next decade, Snider’s knowledge of company operations and strong team leadership skills allowed him to transition to three other VP roles in marketing, information technology and retail logistics, a position he has held for the last 13 years. 

As VP retail logistics, Miller will lead a team of 1,100 employees across eight distribution centers and its world headquarters as they serve the product needs of more than 3,800 independent hardware and home center retailers in the United States and around the world. Miller will be responsible for further enhancing their industry-leading operational efficiency throughout the distribution channel while maintaining their record of workplace safety, the company said.

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Do it Best’s Taylor blogs for Indie site

BY HBSDEALER Staff

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.” 

The full article can be found here

Independent We Stand is a website that describes itself as a “movement of locally owned businesses and people across the country dedicated to educating their communities about the importance — and strong economic benefits — of buying local.” 

The site is sponsored by Stihl and Chrysler Group.

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Ace lands a big, new member

BY HBSDEALER Staff

ACO Hardware, a 52-store chain described as Michigan’s largest independent home and hardware retailer, will join the Ace Hardware brand. 

Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., ACO will operate the new Ace Hardware stores under the name Great Lakes Ace, a nod to the retailer’s Michigan roots. ACO was originally founded in 1946 as Traskos Brothers Hardware Depot in Dearborn, Mich. All of the company’s stores are in Michigan. 

In making the move, the retailer is also returning to its hardware roots — as home improvement was de-emphasized in a 2011 strategy to embrace a general merchandise format. 

In May, ACO closed 14 underperforming stores. And the move to Ace represents a shift to get back into the hardware-store arena.

The transition to Ace will take place over a six-month period, according to the co-op. At that point all stores will have reopened as Ace Hardware branded stores.

“Last year, we committed to our customers that we would invest and grow our business,” said Mark VandenBerg, CFO, ACO Hardware. “Ace Hardware offers our stores a world-class brand, top-notch merchandise opportunities and a supply chain network second to none.” 

As part of its transition, ACO retained SB Capital Group to clear existing inventory through special sale events. A group of 26 stores are slated to begin “Total Inventory Blowout Sales” on Jan. 8. 

The locations of this group of sales are: Auburn Hills, Brighton, Center Line, Clarkston, Clawson, Clinton Township, Farmington Hills, Highland, Lake Orion, Macomb, Milford, Port Huron, Rochester Hills, Roseville, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores (2), Shelby Township, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Union Lake, Warren (3) and Waterford (2).

It remains unclear when the second transition cycle will begin.

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