In Virginia, Ace opens RDC
Ace Hardware celebrated the grand opening of its new Suffolk Import Redistribution Center (RDC) with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility in Suffolk, Va.
Representatives from Ace Hardware including chief operating officer John Venhuizen and James Hatcher, board member and Ace retailer, delivered remarks at the grand opening event. Additionally, Linda Johnson, mayor of the City of Suffolk, as well as James Cheng, Secretary of Trade & Commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, thanked Ace for selecting Suffolk as the destination for its RDC.
The new 336,000-sq.-ft. facility will receive international goods arriving at the Port of Virginia and then re-distribute them to eight Ace Hardware Retail Support Centers — improving the co-op’s efficiency especially for East Coast retailers, the company said.
The facility broke ground last June.
True Value and Epicor expand alliance
This three-year agreement provides more of True Value’s retailers the opportunity to benefit from Epicor solutions, according to the companies.
"True Value is excited to continue this partnership with Epicor as one of our preferred POS vendors," stated Rosalee Hermens, vice president and chief information officer for the True Value Company. "We look forward to Epicor’s continued support and POS software solutions to help drive sales for our retailers."
The recently signed agreement includes:
• A new focused drive to get preferred system penetration;
• More stores sharing POS data to populate Retailer Workbench;
• Increasing POS standardization across True Value; and
• Expanded sales opportunities for the Unity Customer Base as well as all Epicor supported stores.
Do it Best breaks ground in Missouri
Officials from Do it Best Corp. put shovels to dirt Thursday morning as they officially broke ground in Sikeston, Mo., at the site of what will be the co-op’s newest and most technologically advanced Retail Service Center (RSC).
Do it Best Corp. president and CEO Bob Taylor joined local and regional civic and economic development leaders at the groundbreaking event at the 103-acre site in the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park on Rose Parkway. The new facility will replace the co-op’s original facility in nearby Cape Girardeau. Once complete, the new RSC will feature 550,000 sq. ft. (16 million cubic feet) of warehousing space.
“This is an exciting day for us, to be able to get the construction of this new facility under way,” Taylor said. “Not only will it help us continue to meet our members’ current needs, but it will strategically and competitively position us for future growth. And, as we continue to expand the programs and services we offer our member-owners, this new facility will lead the way in helping deliver them to our members as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.”
Do it Best Corp. officials expect the new Sikeston RSC to be complete and operational by 2014. It will serve Do it Best Corp. member-owners in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee. The new RSC will replace the Cape Girardeau RSC, which was built in 1971 and was the first of the co-op’s facilities located outside of Indiana.
The co-op operates a total of eight distribution centers nationwide.
In addition to increased size, the new RSC will feature a number of new technological advances and initiatives, including a new voice-pick system, which has virtually eliminated order filling errors and will help maximize workflow.