CINCINNATI — Bernard Henry Kroger — Barney or simply B.H. to those who knew him well — learned the value of good business practices early on.
Born in 1860, he was about 15 when he went to work selling coffee, tea and sugar door-to-door for The Great Northern and Pacific Tea Co. in Cincinnati. After two years on the job, he realized sales were falling off because the store owners were cutting corners in buying while continuing to charge the same price.
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