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A retailers' cooperative or consumer cooperative is a The term business entity refers generally to any organization engaged in business activities, regardless of legal structure. Use of the term usually (though not always) indicates an entitys status as for-profit, as opposed to non-profit. In the United States, for-profit business entities have three basic legal... business entity which employs Returns to scale ... economies of scale on behalf of its members to get discounts from Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods for sale, or intermediate processes involving the production or finishing of semi-manufactures. It is a large branch of industry and of secondary production. Some industries, like semiconductor and steel manufactureres use the term fabrication. Although handicraft production has been... manufacturers and to pool Traditionally, Marketing has been a term applied to the craft of linking the producers (or potential producers) of a product or service with customers, both existing and potential. This general definition fails to provide any direction to someone hoping to market their products or services effectively. With that, a more... marketing. It is common for locally-owned Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. It is often part of a chain that owns or controls (sometimes by franchise) other supermarkets located in the same or... grocery stores, A hardware store sells hardware: for instance fasteners, keys, locks, hinges, wire, chains, plumbing supples, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts. These were once as much a part of American small town culture as the drug store soda fountain and local church, but in recent years larger building materials centers... hardware stores and Pharmacy (from the Greek φάρμακον = drug) is the profession of compounding and dispensing medication. More recently, the term has come to include other services related to patient care including clinical practice, medication review, drug information, etc. Some of these new roles are now... pharmacies.

Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 593 KB)Scotmid retailers cooperative in the port of Leith, Edinburgh, 2004-11. Copyright © Kaihsu Tai. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by...
Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 593 KB)Scotmid retailers cooperative in the port of Leith, Edinburgh, 2004-11. Copyright © Kaihsu Tai. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by... Enlarge
a supermarket run by a retailers' cooperative in the port of This article is about Leith, Scotland; see also other places called Leith . Former Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently moored at Leith harbour. Leith is a town at the mouth of the Water of Leith and is the port of Edinburgh, Scotland. It lies on the south shore of the Firth... Leith, Edinburgh viewed from Arthurs Seat. See also this picture for a panoramic view from Holyrood Park towards Ocean Terminal. Edinburgh (pronounced ED-in-burra (SAMPA: [Ed@n%b@r@])), Dùn Éideann in Scottish Gaelic, is a major and historic city on the east coast of Scotland on the... Edinburgh.

Examples of retailers' cooperatives

Grocery stores

  • Affiliated Food Stores
  • Associated Grocers is a retailers cooperative that distributes food and general merchandise and provides retail services to independent groceries in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Guam. Based in Seattle, it was founded in 1934. It has over 300 members. External links http://www.agsea.com/ Categories: Stub | Cooperatives ... Associated Grocers
  • ShopRite, Shoprite, and Shop Rite are names of companies based in the United States, South Africa, and Australia, respectively. For information about ShopRite, the American food distributor, please see ShopRite (United States). For information about Shoprite, the South African food distributor, please see Shoprite (South Africa). For information about Shop... ShopRite


Hardware stores

  • Handy Hardware is a hardware store retailers cooperative serving 1,200 retailers in 11 south-central states in the United States as well as Mexico and Central America. It was founded in 1954 in Houston, Texas. External links Handy Hardware (http://www.handyhardware.com) Categories: Hardware stores | Cooperatives ... Handy Hardware [7] (http://www.handyhardware.com)
  • United Hardware Distribution Company is a dealer-owned corporation based in Minnesota which provides distribution services for Hardware Hank hardware stores. It was founded in 1945 by E.J. Koblas as United Furniture Distribution Company. The furniture division was sold in 1953. It operates as a retailers cooperative. External links... Hardware Hank [8] (http://www.unitedhardware.com)
  • Do It Best Corp. is a hardware store retailers cooperative. It was founded as Hardware Wholesalers, Inc (HWI) in 1945 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Arnold H. Gerberding along with 75 dealers who would become members and invest $1000 in exchange for shares of stock in the company. HWI took... Do It Best [9] (http://doitbest.com/)
  • Categories: Stub | Retail companies of the United States | Hardware stores | Cooperatives ... True Value [10] (http://www.truserv.com/)
  • Distribution America is primarily a hardware store retailers cooperative. It was formed in 1991 by the merger of Liberty Distributors and Sentry Hardware. In addtion to Sentry, it services the Trustworthy Hardware Stores, Golden Rule Lumber Center, and Priced-Right Everyday brands. The members of its Retail Right Alliance include... Distribution America (Trustworthy Hardware, Sentry Hardware, Golden Rule Lumber Center, Priced Right Everyday) [11] (http://www.daonline.com)
  • Ace Hardware was a hardware store formed in 1924 by Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher in Chicago, Illinois. By 1976 Ace became a retailer_owned cooperative. As of 2004, the cooperative contains over 5,100 independent stores throughout the United States and in 60 different countries... Ace Hardware [12] (http://www.acehardware.com/)
  • PRO Hardware [13] (http://www.prohardware.com/)


  • Reliable Distributors
  • Val-Test Distributors
  • R.E.I. (Recreational Equipment Inc.) is a sporting goods and outdoor gear consumer cooperative. Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1938, it is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States, with over 2 million members. R.E.I.s headquarters are in Kent, Washington. Its flagship store is in... Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

See also

  • A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) is an association of persons who join together to carry on an economic activity of mutual benefit, in an egalitarian fashion. The principles of cooperation are periodically updated by the International Cooperative Alliance [1] (http://www.coop.org/ica/info/enprinciples... Cooperative



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