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Do it Best Fall Market goes virtual

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Do it Best Fall Market goes virtual
Do it Best President and CEO Dan Starr speaks at the 2020 Fall Market Shareholder Meeting.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — At the virtual Do it Best Fall Market, member-owners are introduced to opportunities to increase profitability while strengthening their businesses for 2021 and beyond, the company says. The semi-annual market, held exclusively online September 13 — 18, features new products, exclusive vendor programs, seminars, and more to help independent dealers compete in today’s dynamic marketplace.

The company also unveiled new features to its ecommerce platform designed to help members further grow their business and provide online customers with a streamlined shopping experience.

“Our markets have always provided our members with a great opportunity to connect and collaborate while exploring the great new products and special deals available to them. That’s never been more important than this fall,” said Dan Starr, president and CEO of Do it Best. “With the many disruptions to our lives and business this year, we’ve worked hard to create an online market experience that feels as close to the traditional event as possible. Now more than ever, and no matter where they connected, our members benefited greatly.”

The fall market offers buys powered by the Market Savings Builder. Returning events include the Sneak Peek, Power Preview, and LBM Super Specials, along with deals tied to the company’s 75th anniversary. The market website allows participants to visit vendors’ and Do it Best program booths, watch strategic buying presentations from Do it Best lumber, building materials, and merchandising experts, as well as educational training sessions from industry veterans. Attendees were also able to view Dan Starr’s annual President’s Address (a portion of which appears below) and Brad McDaniel’s Chairman’s Address.

As Do it Best saw record profits in FY2020, members earned record rebates, with $128.4 million distributed over the course of the market week. Nine members received rebates ranging from $1 million to $2.9 million, a new single-year record for the co-op.