Ace Hardware: Using technology to reduce inventory and stock-outs

Since it was founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, Ace Hardware Corp., has had quite an impact on the retail landscape. Early on, for example, it began allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk in order to save money and to buy at the lowest possible price. This arrangement helped even the smallest stores compete more effectively in a marketplace where large, national retailers tend to have the biggest buying power. Fast-forward to 2017 and Ace remains committed to continuous improvement in the inventory management realm, where it recently implemented a multipronged approach to managing stock for its international DCs. As part of that effort, the company implemented an inventory optimization solution from Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Solutions.