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At Do it Best, promotion for Randolph

BY Ken Clark

Do it Best Corp. promoted of Don Randolph to the position of retail performance manager.

In his new role, Randolph will oversee and lead co-op efforts in aiding the growth and improvement of member stores through enhancement of retail performance programs. 

Randolph is a nearly 10-year veteran of Do it Best Corp., serving as a territory sales and business development manager in the southwestern United States. 

“I am very excited about this opportunity to help our members continue to grow their businesses through our outstanding Retail Performance programs,” Randolph said, in a prepared statement.

His extensive experience prior to joining Do it Best Corp. includes owning his own outdoor power equipment sales and service store, as well as positions in outside sales for several independent wholesale hardware companies in Arizona. He’s a native of Edinburgh, Ind., where he grew up in the family hardware store, Randolph Hardware Co. 

“Don is someone who’s lived and breathed this industry for a long time, which is a big part of why he’s been such a solid performer on our team,” said Jay Brown, VP sales and business development for Do it Best Corp.

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Do it Best puts products in focus

BY Ken Clark

Merchandise managers at Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. welcomed more than 75 multinational vendors to their corporate office in Fort Wayne, Ind., as the merchandising team looks to bolster its product lineup.

This biannual Buying Day event, held on Nov. 28, brought a flurry of activity to the company’s headquarters, according to Do it Best. 

“We are always looking for ways to further strengthen our product offerings and discover fresh sources of supply for our members,” said Steve Markley, VP merchandising for Do it Best Corp. “This Buying Day event is a great opportunity to meet with potential new vendors, learn more about their products and explore promising and innovative product opportunities for our members. We’re excited about the potential to add newly discovered products to our retail service centers.” 

The Buying Day event was coordinated and promoted by the Home Improvement Industry Presidents Council. Past events at Do it Best Corp. have resulted in the addition of a variety of new products from both stocking and drop-ship vendors into the co-op’s overall product mix.

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Ace store handles Santa’s mail

BY Brae Canlen

Crown Ace Hardware is playing Santa at two of its locations with mailboxes that accept letters addressed to the North Pole. According to an article in the Havasu News, the two stores in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., have been collecting letters written to Santa Claus in special mailboxes outside the stores. Children are asked to include a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to get a personal reply.

As of Nov. 30, the mailboxes had received 38 letters. One child asked for “a big robot and a big robot gun.”

Crown Ace Hardware is a 17-unit chain owned and operated by the Schulein family. Besides the two Arizona locations, Crown Ace operates 15 stores in Southern California.

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