UNITED HARDWARE DISTRIBUTING CO. is a full-line wholesale hardware distributor,
providing products, retail programs, and support services to independent retailers.
The company is owned by its member-dealers. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota,
United services dealers from its 400,000 square foot distribution center located
in Milbank, South Dakota, and delivers to locations in eighteen states.
A complete merchandise assortment of over 45,000 items are stocked in the Milbank
distribution center. Dealers are provided weekly scheduled delivery by Uniteds
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 Uniteds dealers in becoming more successful.
The company achieves its objectives through sound business principles that
first and foremost benefit our dealers. As an example, as independents Uniteds
dealers set their own margins and prices. As part of its commitment to ensure
dealers the lowest cost of goods, United is a member of a $2.2 billion buying group,
As a dealer-owned company, United directs all of its activities to help each member-dealer
and customer 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 business.
Service to individual members and customers is the focus of the entire staff. United
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.