Along with its live event, new vendors and face-to-face meetings in Indianapolis, Do it Best Corp. brought its full-year numbers to its Fall Market this week.
The co-op will celebrate a record-setting year, with $5.19 billion in total gross sales, up 45%—or $1.6 billion—compared to the previous fiscal year.
During a challenging and volatile year in forest products, lumber sales increased 121%.
And the freshly released annual report points to a 52% return on invested capital, and the largest member rebate in the company history: $170 million.
In Indianapolis for its first live market 18 months, Do it Best Corp. is hoping to build on those numbers. The official theme of the event: “Building for Growth.”
The Indianapolis event, which runs through Sept. 30, takes place during continued industry-wide supply chain issues. Do it Best’s Randy Rusk, speaking at a press event, said the event is designed to mitigate those challenges by offering more of what sells, discovering new products, and offering opportunities for collaboration on forecasts and planning.
Supply chain disruptions are expected to subside for another three to six months – longer for those products requiring resins, including paint and oriented strand board.
Rusk said the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op’s virtual markets during the last 18 months were successful in growing business, but the owner members of the co-op were clear in their feedback. “They said to please hold the live market, we want to be together in person. The big benefits here are the human connection and the chance for discovery.”