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How Do it Best Provides Retailers the Building Blocks for Success

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Nearly 75 years ago, Arnold Gerberding went door to door to hardware retailers and lumber dealers throughout the Midwest, asking them to pledge $1,000 to help secure greater buying power for their businesses and to maintain their independence.

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best has since grown from 96 retailers who attended the first shareholders meeting in 1945 to serving thousands of locations in more than 50 countries. The co-op’s board of directors still only comprises retailers, a choice made by the original members.

Click the following links to read co-op leaders’ affirmations of Do it Best’s commitment to continuing Gerberding’s legacy of innovating to help retailers improve their operations. Also, read about three Do it Best members who have grown their operations with the help of the co-op’s team members and programs.

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About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul
Melanie is the managing editor for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She has worked for the association since 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking without recipes and watching online makeup tutorials. She and her husband are raising their son and two fur children in Indianapolis.

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