Sweet deal, if unrealistic for the rest of us.
As a cooperative, True Value supports more than 6, independent retailers in the United States and 54 other countries. The retail names making up the True Value cooperative are: Problems related to the merger and accounting irregularities forced True Value to restructure its operations, cut jobs, and divest certain businesses in the early s.
The company adopted its current moniker in Inharnesses were a big hardware seller and there were only 46 states in the Union when 20 hardware store owners from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia came together.
The hardware industry was made up of hundreds of small independent stores whose owners bought their merchandise from various wholesalers, such as Hibbard's.
The men who met in Pittsburgh that day were looking for a way to cut their costs and keep their prices competitive. They decided to form a nonprofit cooperative that would serve as their own wholesaler and distributor.
As members of a co-op, they could pool their buying power to negotiate better prices for hardware from manufacturers and then sell the merchandise with a small markup to themselves and other hardware dealers who owned the shares of the co-op.
The annual profits that were not invested in the company would be returned at the end of the year to the dealer-owners, who reduced costs by consolidating their distribution, operating, and promotional activities into one company.
The company began operating out of a warehouse in Pittsburgh. Others liked the concept and followed American's lead.
Inthe Melamed brothers of Minneapolis, Minnesota, established a franchise-store cooperative that would become the Coast to Coast Corporation. Inthe company published its first "Toy Parade" consumer catalog and invited dealers to its first Toy Show. InHibbard's introduced a new private-brand line of hand tools under the True Value label.
To help dealers increase sales, Hibbard's developed a kit of marketing aids, introduced a Dealers' Service Department and set up a model store at its headquarters where dealers could get marketing suggestions.
The company's regular customers did not like the competition, and Hibbard's closed the test stores after the war. The company's founder, JohnM.
After high school, Cotter worked as a salesman for a regional hardware wholesaler, then in his own hardware store, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In his mids, Cotter went back on the road, eventually working for a Chicago-based merchandising group.
In the late s, competition from discount stores and other chain operations caused independent dealers to increasingly turn to low-cost distributors.
In his review of Edward R. As Kantowicz wrote, "Cotter and Stout, talking long into the night, looked up the Hardware Age dealer listing for Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, and Indiana and determined that there was room for a dealer-owned wholesaler in Chicago. In the s, Hibbard's acquired several smaller wholesalers around the Midwest and started a voluntary chain of franchise dealers who bought most of their merchandise from Hibbard's and used the company's True Value ads and promotions.
Deciding to concentrate on the True Value franchise, Hibbard's stopped selling to thousands of small accounts and laid off many of its salesmen. However, Hibbard's underwent another change as well during the s.
As it bought up rival wholesalers, the company went after their real estate, not their hardware business. Eventually it reached a point where all its net income was coming from real estate and other investments, with the hardware business some years actually operating at a loss.
Inthe board of directors decided to liquidate the hardware business, which had been around for more than years, and establish the company instead as a real estate investment firm.
Cotter had also been keeping a close eye on happenings at Hibbard's and had figured out what was happening with the company's hardware business. Inhe secretly indicated that he was interested in buying Hibbard's assets. Cotter wanted access to the True Value dealers before other wholesalers recruited them.
According to Kantowicz, the Hibbard's takeover was one of the best-kept secrets in business history. During the summer and fall ofJohn Cotter and a small number of his top people met secretly with Hibbard's directors and a handful of senior-level employees to hammer out the deal, using code names throughout the process.
Cotter's acquisition of Hibbard's increased the company's sales 56 percent and, for what was certainly one of the true values in business history, gave Cotter a brand name that would become its national identity.
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