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 Affiliated Foods, Amarillo, Texas, told SN, “and we ...

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