Cooperatives Gain Strength in Numbers

Cooperatives Gain Strength in Numbers

Co-op wholesalers work together to lower costs for member retailers

Many retailer-owned wholesale cooperatives are doing well, according to industry sources — at least in part because of their willingness to cooperate with each other.

In an effort to become more competitive with big-box stores, several co-ops have begun working together to combine their buying power on Center Store merchandise when working with major CPG companies, Randy Arceneaux, president and chief executive officer of

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