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Leading companies join retail trade associations to keep up with industry best practices, stay ahead of trends, and grow their networks. Epicor values these relationships and is a proud member of the retail associations listed below.
AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. Its key membership benefits and services include Government Affairs, Know Your Parts®, Market Research, International Programs, Technology/Data Programs, Councils/Committees, Events, News and Information.
Ace stores – 4,400 of them across the U.S.A. – come in all sizes and shapes. We have small, urban stores, large rural stores and everything in between. Ace stores offer a wide variety of hardware and fix-and-replace type products, as well as niche items and services relevant to your community. Each Ace store is independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs – hard-working, passionate business owners who are involved with and, many times, reside in the communities where their stores are. And of course, every Ace store offers our famous, friendly, expert advice and service that sets Ace stores apart from all the rest.
Incorporated January 2000, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. helps auto parts stores deliver quality products and affordable prices to consumers everywhere in North America. Although it's members, Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper were founded independently in the 70s, each has always been backed by the buying power that makes it possible for small businesses to survive in an intensely competitive international automotive market.
ALLPRO® Corporation is a business-to-business buying cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating products dealers throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and parts of Europe. Our mission is to provide our membership with a distinct competitive advantage in today's marketplace by seeking out only those programs and initiatives that will help improve the operations, market position, and profitability of our member companies. ALLPRO currently serves 270 such companies who collectively represent almost 1,400 store fronts that service the professional trades as well as the consumer market.
Now in its 135th year, the American Nursery & Landscape Association is the national trade association for the nursery and landscape industry. Members grow, distribute, and retail plants of all types, and design and install landscapes for residential and commercial customers. ANLA provides education, research, public relations, and representation services to members. ANLA gives members a strategic advantage in the marketplace and enables them to operate more effectively and provide the public with quality plants, landscape design and installations, and related products and services.
The American Society for Automation in Pharmacy is an association to foster the understanding of the role that technology plays in assisting pharmacies to promote patient safety and the proper use of medications, comply with laws and regulations, and operate their practices more efficiently by providing a forum for sharing diverse knowledge and perspectives on the modern practice of pharmacy.
Castle dealers carry the names you know and trust for building materials and hardware. For most dealers, having access to 400+ suppliers would be enough. But not for Castle dealers. Castle dealers can order products from whomever, and wherever, they want. The independence of our dealers is the fundamental principle of Castle membership. If dealers see a need for a unique or unusual product in their community, they're free to carry it or track it down for a customer. That's the beauty of being a true independent. Of course, it helps to be a member of Castle. Our purchasing power and national reputation guarantee excellent pricing and terms with any supplier, anywhere.
The Chain Drug Marketing Association (CDMA) is owned by over 100 regional drug chains, independent pharmacies, regional drug wholesalers, specialty distributors and buying groups. We help suppliers communicate with our members through our trade shows and extensive marketing programs. We differentiate ourselves by supporting suppliers’ sales teams 52 weeks a year, offering centralized billing, and host our Annual Education and Trade Expo for networking and relationship building. We have created a store brand exclusively for our members and have formed strategic alliances to help fulfill our mission. CDMA has been helping suppliers “make the connection” for over 84 years, since 1926
Chalifour Canada is a distribution solution truly built around the needs of entrepreneurial building supply and hardware retailers. From single pack quantities and effective retail programs, to high fill rates and product assortments focused on what your customers want, Chalifour Canada delivers. Meeting the needs of your hardware, electrical, plumbing, paint and tool categories — and your customers — has never been easier or more convenient.
Commerce Corporation is eager to help you grow your business. As America’s leading lawn and garden distributor, we provide top-notch service, as well as an unrivaled selection of product categories. We offer our customers exceptional quality and diverse capabilities with personal attention to your business needs. Since 1923, Commerce has been committed to helping your business grow and increase profitability.
Do it Best Corp. represents over 4,100 independently owned hardware and home improvement retailers that are members of Do it Best Corp., the only full-line, full-service buying cooperative in the hardware, lumber and building materials industry. Do it Best Corp. member stores are located in all 50 states and in 45 countries worldwide, so there’s probably a retailer associated with Do it Best Corp. in your neighborhood. And, we offer over 65,000 items ranging from hardware to automotive, housewares and pet supplies, so you’re sure to find just what you need for that project, activity, event or hobby around your house, in your garage or in your yard!
ECGC is an alliance of leading independent garden centers for the exchange of information and ideas and a joining of our resources to increase profitability, inspire constant improvement and foster the highest professional standards in order to serve our customers and our community. ECGC is owned by eleven of the leading companies in the US garden center industry. They are all multi-generational privately owned and operated companies from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington. There are 81 retail outlets, eight growing locations, landscape design build operations and offer product from annuals to casual furniture.
At Emery-Waterhouse, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with both an excellent selection of quality hardware and building materials and the highest-valued customer experience and service in the industry. We work hard to understand our customers' businesses, and are highly responsive to each of their unique needs. We constantly strive to be the provider of choice by delivering innovative programs and consistently high-quality service. By being easy to do business with at every point of contact, we build customer loyalty and longevity. Our extraordinary focus on customers ensures that we are doing the right thing to propel their success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
ENAP, Inc. is a lumber and building materials cooperative specializing in servicing the pro-oriented dealer. Our mission is to be a resource for our members/customers for achieving operational excellence through competitive pricing and programs. ENAP, in turn, is an advocate for mills and manufacturers, representing superior products and providing sales support to grow market share. Our focus is your bottom line.
From a simple concept, proposed as early as 1954, came the shape of things to come - a group of independent retailers who would be capable of taking their purchasing into their own hands, and give themselves options. Since then, Handy's membership has grown to over 1,100 members in nine states and several Central American countries. We are proud of our roots, and proud of who we are today. Thanks to the far-reaching vision of a few, and under the guidance and management of many forward-thinking individuals over the years, Handy Hardware has become the major dealer buying group in the South-Central United States.
Home stores are 100% Canadian owned, Dealer owned and operated major retailer, with 100,000 different items available! There's a perfect Home store for your project, gift idea or everyday household item. In 2004, Home Hardware Stores Limited celebrated 40 years of commitment and service to community and country. The company is a cooperative wholesaler, owned by over 1,000 independent small business operators from every corner of Canada, who operate under one of its four banners: Home Hardware, Home Hardware Building Centre, Home Building Centre and Home Furniture.
The INDEPENDENT LUMBER DEALERS CO-OPERATIVE was founded in 1964, and is one of Canada's leading buying cooperatives. It is comprised of 24 of Canada's largest independent home improvement organizations with a total of 1,000 plus outlets from coast to coast, with sales in excess of $4.5 billion, and growing. Each member organization competes for business under its own name. The combined volumes of its members provide the vendor with a major home improvement player, with a variety of stores from coast to coast, which include big boxes, traditional home improvement stores, and contractor yards and GSD, in both urban and rural markets.
IRLY Distributors Ltd. operates as a distributor and marketing support system for building supply and hardware retailers in Canada. It offers various products, such as building materials, millwork, hardware, security hardware, power tools and accessories, hand tools, safety, garden and seasonal, paint and accessories, adhesives and caulking, plumbing, kitchen and bath, heating and cooling, electrical, lighting, and house wares. The company provides on-line catalogue and ordering services, private label credit card programs, conditional sales contracts and mortgages, and bin labels and labeling services. IRLY Distributors Ltd. was founded in 1963 and is based in Surrey, Canada.
Groupe B.M.R. Inc, which stands for Building Materials and Renovation, has a count of more than 183 dealers/members who operate renovation centers throughout Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario. The commercial flow generated by BMR dealers exceeds the billion dollar mark. This makes Groupe B.M.R. inc the second leading banner in Quebec for building materials, lumber and hardware. The BMR dealers are independent entrepreneurs who become partners of Groupe B.M.R. inc on a voluntary basis. Their expertise in building materials and hardware plus an excellent knowledge of their respective markets enables them to offer their clientele, consumers as well as contractors, a highly personalized service. Their partnership with Groupe B.M.R. inc provides the dealers/members with real competitive advantages to the satisfaction of all their customers.
Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation opened for business in 1935. Today LMC is made up of family and employee owned operations from coast to coast including the Bahamas and Hawaii. With over 1,200 locations, LMC dealers are well respected and recognized as leaders in the LBM industry. LMC Dealers are typically the majority of the ProSales 100 and consistently rank high in Home Channel Retailer Scoreboard.
Mid-States Distributing Company Inc. is a dynamic purchasing cooperative exclusively owned and operated by independent farm and ranch store retailers with over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada. Our primary function is to assist our members to meet their sales and profit goals. Using our combined buying power to develop merchandising and marketing programs allows them to effectively operate in today's competitive marketplace. Because Mid-States is a non-profit cooperative that derives its operating income from membership dues, the results of our programs are passed directly to the members with no upcharges. Our merchandise mix consists of virtually every retail merchandise category from clothing to hardware to agricultural products.
MSC is a Canadian co-operative with members from coast to coast, and vendors from around the globe. Being a recognized leader in the community, MSC provides its members with a wide range of products, and offers its vendors opportunities unavailable elsewhere in Canada. With over 300 vendors, more than 300 member locations and over 70 years in the business, MSC has proven itself as a stable business organization and one with the distinction of being the most diverse co-operative in Canada.
National AAMCO Dealers Association, NADA, is a trade association consisting of dealers that are independent owners of transmission repair centers operating under a franchise from AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. AAMCO has been the recognized leader in the transmission business for over forty years and in the past three years has expanded its services into the $200 billion general automotive repair aftermarket. With brand recognition in excess of 90%, almost 900 locations nationwide and the most highly skilled technicians in the industry, AAMCO is well positioned to become the market leader in brakes, tune-ups, air conditioning and other aftermarket services.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores focuses on advocating for pro-patient and pro-pharmacy public policy; communicating the value of community pharmacy as the face of neighborhood healthcare; and fostering business community and solutions through effective meetings and other member programs. NACDS represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets, and mass merchants with pharmacies – from regional chains with four stores to national companies.
The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898, represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines and represent a vital part of the United States’ health care delivery system.
The National Sporting Goods Association has worked on behalf of sporting goods retailers since founders disputed an unjust sporting goods tax in 1927. Today, NSGA continues to advocate on behalf of retailing in the sporting goods industry and supports industry efforts to increase sports participation.
Orgill, Inc. is the nation’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor providing retailers across the United States and in more than 60 countries throughout the world access to more than 60,000 products and industry-leading retail services. Originally founded in 1847 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Orgill, Inc. has emerged as the fastest growing hardlines distributor in the United States. Orgill’s market-focused approach to distribution has earned the company a reputation of unsurpassed customer service. Through its mix of sophisticated marketing programs, low-cost distribution services, highly flexible programs and a corporate dedication to support the uniqueness of individual retailers, Orgill has emerged as a viable alternative to the industry’s co-operatives.
Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen (PAL) is a member owned co-op located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. PAL is a leader in the Lumber and Building Materials industry. PAL has the distinction of being the oldest lumber and building materials co-op in the United States. Established in 1934, PAL currently operates in 17 states with more than 250 independent lumber dealers who are proud owners of their co-op. Combining the buying resources of our members whose collective sales exceed $5.2 billion dollars, PAL establishes National Buying Power by sourcing its lumber and building material products from across the globe. Obtaining the best price possible for each member is our goal. And with low overhead, PAL continues to be the best value buying group in the industry.
RDC is a true dividend-paying regional wholesale drug cooperative – a marriage of a traditional drug distribution company, a buying co-operative, and a private long-term investment structure formed for the sole benefit of pharmacist entrepreneurs who own retail stores. We were founded in 1905 and currently rank as the 8th largest full-line distributor in the US. RDC services over 800 community retail pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, and home health care stores in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. As a full line wholesaler we stock a large inventory of pharmaceuticals, HBA’s and Home Health Care supplies. As our customers can attest, we’re geared to offer the best of today’s pricing, products, and programs. But beyond those, it’s our service, vision and passion to help our customers succeed that separates us in the marketplace.
RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products and operates a network of more than 950 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 17 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales. The RONA mission is to offer the best service and the right product at the right price to North American consumers of housing and home improvement products. We do this through a strong network of corporate, franchised and affiliated stores which are leaders in their respective markets with a specific format and banner and an efficient management and distribution support.
Sexton Group Ltd's mission is to negotiate purchases from vendors on behalf of all members and use the combined volumes of all members to obtain the best price, terms and buying conditions. Our goal is to continue to bring competitive buying programs to all members, thereby increasing their profit. Members benefit from the consolidation of purchases, which produces savings and allows them to compete on an equal footing in the market place. Unique for its upfront, timely method of doing business, combined with Quick Pay Rebates, Sexton Group provides honest, professional and efficient service, along with strong and ethical leadership.
For 88 years, Southern States has been a trusted partner for small farmers and producers in the agricultural industry. Whether you’re looking for a custom blend of feed, guidance on when to apply a crop protectant, or assistance with financing, we can help you secure all the right supplies and services - with just one visit. Since 1923, we've been providing expert products, services and advice to people who like to get their hands dirty. Whether you're running a large farm, tending a backyard garden, or just trying to keep your yard looking green and lush, we'll give you the tools and know-how you need to get the job done right. We are proud to be one of the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperatives.
Locally owned, part of your community. And backed by national strength. Behind every TIM-BR MART is the power of Canada’s largest buying group and support solution for Independently-owned lumber, building material and hardware stores. Over 700 Dealer locations, in fact, right across the country with thousands of team members ready to help. What that means to TIM-BR MART customers is access to the products you need for your project or build at a price that makes sense with people ready to help. TIM-BR MART Dealer entrepreneurs do business in communities of all sizes and in every province. Whether it’s the small-town local hardware store, the urban destination location with 30,000sf of space or the lumber store in cottage country, you’re shopping with the support of a national buying network behind you.
TORBSA, is a Buying Group based out of Toronto, Ontario. With over 45 years experience in the building materials industry we are one of the Nations leading Buying Groups, representing 27 Independent Businesses in the Canadian market. TORBSA provides its members with a competitive edge by way of group purchasing power, information technology, as well as being a facilitator of invaluable relationships with other members, and key suppliers. The main goal of the Group is to enable Members to maintain their own individual identities and compete on a level playing field with other competitors in today’s ever changing marketplace.
A leader in the hardware business
Headquartered in Chicago, True Value Company is one of the world's largest retailer-owned hardware cooperatives. With more than 5,000 independent retailers and an exciting new store format, we've created a compelling shopping experience for consumers, a winning opportunity for entrepreneur-retailers and a rewarding environment for those seeking a career with a company committed to its customers and growth. Whether operating as independent hardware stores or specialty businesses, our retailers are supported by the training, technology and retail support of an organization that strives to be the best in the industry. With a worldwide presence, True Value's cooperative serves 54 countries with 12 regional distribution centers and 3,000 associates. Many of our retailers enjoy a rich history spanning generations in their local communities. The True Value name is a trusted and recognized brand.
TruServ Canada is a 100% Retailer-Owned Company that is committed to its theme of "Supporting Independent Retailers". Warehousing and Distribution is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kitchener, Ontario where TruServ Canada supplies a complete range of Hardware, Tools, Paint, Electrical, Plumbing, Lawn & Garden, Automotive, Sporting Goods, Housewares, Stationery, Toys, Pet Food & Supplies, Domestics, Apparel and Crafts to Retail Customers across Canada on a weekly delivery basis. Over 40,000 SKUs are available via the warehouses with another 80,000+ available on direct programs. TruServ Canada store banners include True Value, V&S and Country Depot stores.
United Hardware Distributing Company is a full-line wholesale hardware distributor, providing products, retail programs, and support services to independent retailers. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, United Hardware services dealers from it’s 400,000 square foot distribution center located in Milbank, South Dakota, and delivers to locations in eighteen states. The corporate philosophy and objectives are “to provide quality name-brand goods at the lowest possible initial cost; and develop total merchandising, operational and promotional programs to assist United Hardware’s dealers in becoming more successful."
So Much More Than a Plywood Store. Since 1969! The initial concept, which started in North Vancouver in 1969, was to create a specialty plywood warehouse which would bring stock closer to the contractors in the area and serve home owners and do-it-yourselfers. The marketing plan at that time, as it is today, is to specialize in hard to source interior and exterior home finishing products including flooring, doors, and mouldings. We believe in responsible sourcing, high quality products and supporting our local communities. A key ingredient in our success has been our emphasis on providing exceptional customer service and competitive pricing. Each store is staffed by qualified personnel who are capable of giving good advice, are product knowledgeable, and can offer suggestions to the average do-it-yourselfer or home handy person. Windsor Plywood has been a part of the growth of communities across Western and Central Canada and the NorthWest U.S. for over 40 years... and will continue to serve the market for years to come.
Yale Materials Handling Corporation is a global organization and is part of the NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG). NMHG is the largest producer of lift trucks in the United States and the third largest worldwide with $1.5 billion in revenues. NMHG designs, engineers, manufactures and sells a full line of lift trucks under the Yale brand. Yale offers a full line of high-quality, high-performance Lift Trucks (Forklifts), including electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks, as well as comprehensive Fleet Management services, Yale service, parts, financing and training. Yale manufactures and distributes a full line of products in Class I - Electric Rider Trucks, Class II - Narrow Aisle Trucks, Class III - Motorized Hand Trucks, Class IV - Cushion Tire Trucks and Class V - Pneumatic Tire Trucks.
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