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.
A complete merchandise assortment of over 55,000 items are stocked in the Milbank distribution center. Dealers are provided weekly scheduled delivery by United Hardware's carrier. Merchandise purchased from the warehouse is competitively priced and stacks up favorably to other major hardware wholesalers. Additionally, dealers can purchase factory-direct to their stores.
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."
The company achieves it’s objectives through sound business principles that first and foremost benefit our dealers. As an example, as independents United Hardware’s dealers set their own margins and prices. As part of it’s commitment to ensure dealers the lowest cost of goods, United Hardware is a member of a $2.2 billion buying group, Distribution America.
United Hardware directs all of its activities to help each of its dealers to be successful. New programs are continually introduced to benefit its dealers. In 2004, a “Ranch & Pet” program was introduced. Designed to capture the fast growing hobby farm market, dealers can start a free-standing “Ranch & Pet” store or add this major category to their existing businesses.
In addition to "Ranch & Pet," United Hardware has developed several "Power Programs" to help its dealers at retail. United Hardware's "Power Programs" are specialized turn-key programs designed to assist dealers in capturing their market's sales potential in specific categories by attracting new customers, appealing to a current customer base or market segment, while maximizing a store's overall sales.
Service to individual members and customers is the focus of the entire staff. United Hardware dealers have access to experts in a host of service support fields. These include; retail accounting, purchasing, store design and setup, variable pricing, point-of-sale computers, marketing programs, retail store operations, advertising, and merchandising.
A few of the benefits United Hardware dealers enjoy:
• Independence – You run your own business
• No franchise fees or royalties
• Retail “market specific” programs
• Low cost of merchandise
• Flexible retail support programs & services
• Minimal fees for support services
• Buying Markets
• Experienced field personnel and support staff
• District Managers – retail consultants
• Patronage Rebates