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Offering a wide product selection in-store and online, Altmeyer's Bed, Bath & Home has grown to serve the greater Pittsburgh market and beyond.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1941, Altmeyer's Bed, Bath & Home has come a long way from the first Altmeyer Home Store in New Kensington, Pa. Over time, the company has made itself a part of its communities, and today Altmeyer's Bed, Bath & Home includes 11 stores serving Pennsylvania residents.

“We’ve built a fairly strong presence in the sector and our business holds up against larger competitors,” President Robert Altmeyer says. “We offer a comfortable shopping experience for our customers.”



Waters True Value does not let its history or family ownership keep it from innovating with new products, methods and layouts for its seven Kansas stores.

By Russ Gager

Being innovative and not being afraid to try new products has kept Waters True Value hardware stores prospering for six generations since 1894. For more than a century, the Kansas stores have evolved their product mixes as times and tastes have changed. In the 1950s, the store sold farm implements such as tractor plows and feeders. It also has at various times sold motorcycles, motorboats, sporting goods, firearms and appliances, but not anymore.

Now the product mix at the seven stores – serving Dodge City, Emporia, Great Bend, Junction City, Manhattan, Salina and Wamego, Kan. – includes a full line of hardware, farm, ranch and pet supplies, gifts and a rental division. “We change throughout the years to what our markets need,” President and CEO Scott Waters points out.

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7-Eleven is working with its franchisees to understand how daily ordering patterns can impact the supply chain.

By Tim O’Connor

7-Eleven Inc. is the leading name and most prevalent chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,700 7-Eleven stores in North America and each store provides approximately 2,500 different products and services that are designed to meet the needs of specific individual localities. Worldwide, there are more than 58,841 7-Eleven stores in 18 countries.

Of the 10,700 7-Eleven stores operating in North America, only a small percentage have anything resembling a backroom for stocking inventory. When the Twinkies run out, employees can’t simply go into the backroom and unload another case of the tasty snack cakes. Instead, 7-Eleven keeps their store shelves stocked by making daily deliveries to every store using a complex but very effective supply chain.

Carters SM

Strong personal belief, as well as a philosophy of customer service and employee satisfaction, guide Carter’s Supermarket’s owners through competitive and other challenges.

By Jim Harris

Carter’s Supermarket’s owners know the company faces a significant challenge from big-box and other national retailers setting up shop in its home base in Livingston Parish in Louisiana. The stores’ dedication to customer service and the strong religious conviction of its owners, however, allow it to meet and rise above adversity.


Bolla drives for perfection in its stores and other businesses.

By Alan Dorich

For more than 30 years, Bolla Corp. has thrived under the strategic leadership of its founder, President and CEO Harry Singh. “He has always done what’s right for the business and surrounds himself with an industry leading team,” Director of Marketing Brett Atherton says.


Benzer Pharmacy offers independent pharmacies support against the national chains.

By Chris Petersen

For generations, the mom-and-pop drugstore was a fixture of American life, but over the years the pharmacy landscape has come to be dominated by the rise of chains. However, that dominance is somewhat misleading, as Benzer Pharmacy President Alpesh Patel explains. Although large pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens certainly make up a large portion of the market, the independent pharmacy remains a significant force. “If you see the numbers, there are about 28,000 independent pharmacies, as opposed to 10,000 for CVS or Walgreens,” Patel says.

Americas Food Basket

America’s Food Basket is growing on the foundation

CEO Dan Cabassa laid for the company in 2012.

By Tim O’Connor

The  competitive advantage of America’s Food Basket is that, while unified, the supermarket co-op is owned and operated by its members, CEO Dan Cabassa explains. This structure allows the individual storeowners to receive the support of the larger brand but still run their stores as they see fit. It’s a setup that demands a hands-on approach to be successful. “Our owners are in their stores every single day so they keep their pulse on their business,” Cabassa says.

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