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Foster True Value honored by co-op

BY HBSDEALER Staff

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

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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Do it Best’s app earns IT praise

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best Corp. entered the Elite 100 annual rankings conducted by Information Week. The recognition was linked to the co-op’s development and implementation of a dedicated app for its Sneak Peek sales events at its May and October markets. 

The Sneak Peek app streamlined the selection and ordering process for members and participating vendors; it also saw significant adoption numbers, accounting for 84% of the October market’s Sneak Peek event’s total overall sales. With the app, orders that previously had to be entered manually and could take up to four weeks to officially log are now recorded immediately and in real time.

Do it Best Corp. ranked 62nd in the Elite 100 overall rankings.

“This is a great honor for our entire team here at Do it Best Corp., and it is recognition for the incredible effort and energy everyone here invests in enhancing our operations through technology,” said Mike Altendorf, VP IT for Do it Best Corp. “Specifically, our Sneak Peek app has been a great advancement for everyone involved. For vendors, it significantly reduces paperwork and virtually eliminates the number of missed orders. Most importantly, it’s been incredibly beneficial to our members by further improving our operational efficiency as a co-op.”

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Ace celebrates 90 years

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Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation is hoping to gain a sales and marketing boost from its 90th anniversary.

To commemorate the occasion, Ace is hosting a nationwide promotion April 2-7, during which time customers can get 20% off gallons of Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one, as well as special offers on a variety of lawn, garden and outdoor living items. Some home maintenance products will also be priced at 90 cents in honor of the milestone.

Additionally, customers will have a chance to win prizes from brands like Craftsman, Scotts and Weber throughout the month of April. More details will be available on Ace’s Facebook page.

“It’s a privilege to lead this great company; a company that has grown quite large but to this day is still comprised primarily of local, family businesses around the globe,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation. “I believe our five founders would be exceedingly proud to see the small business success and servant hearts of Ace beating strong after all these years.”

Ace was founded in Chicago in 1924 by five independent hardware store owners: Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke, Oscar Fischer and William Stauber.

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