Associate Merchandise Manager @ United Hardware

Associate Merchandise Manager: United Hardware Distributing in Plymouth, MN is seeking a full-time Associate Merchandise Manager.

United Hardware Distributing Co. is a full-line wholesale hardware distributor providing products, retail programs and support services to independent retailers. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, United Hardware services dealers from its 400,000 square foot distribution center in Milbank, SD and delivers to locations in 18 states.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Attend National shows, as needed, to meet with new and existing vendors to review programs and gain new ideas

  • Involved in line reviews, new product sourcing, product selection, and pricing, under well-defined specifications and standards

  • Research competition, interview vendors and negotiate pricing

  • Buy to economic order quantities and select and plan inventory

  • Develop advertising promotions and proof all promotional circulars

  • Work with vendors, and the Inventory Management department regarding pricing issues and mis-shipped merchandise

  • Review aged inventory reports and work with Inventory Management department to dispose of overstocked merchandise

  • Maintain computer data on-line via Epicor control: ensure correct descriptions, pricing, packs, weights, retails, gross margins, vendor & sku. Inputs corrections on-line in Epicor. Perform on-line maintenance for circulars, etc.

  • Work with vendors regarding show attendance and the negotiation of show specials, special circular pricing and dating terms

  • Prepare show order forms

  • Assist in set-up of show to ensure proper booth set-up and manpower

  • Work with Inventory Management department on all deals and plans for shows and special promotions

  • Promote product through bulletins, circulars, shows, end-cap programs, department planograms, and dealer updates. This includes all marketing functions of United Hardware Distributing Co.

  • Supply product images and factory information to advertising

  • Involved in dealer meetings throughout the year

  • Answer dealer phone calls. Research requests for product, vendor numbers, catalogues, and price checks. Resolve dealer and vendor concerns

  • Continually strive to better existing vendor programs, and promotions assigned to him/her

  • Work with freight forwarder and import vendors on purchase orders, shipment dates and arrival notices

  • Create container cube and import analysis reports for departmental import purchases

  • Create and update an analysis of import purchase orders for the merchandising team

  • Inform the warehouse and specific buyers of import container information: container number, departure date, arrival dates, etc.

  • Work with accounting and make sure all necessary documents are received in a timely manner

  • Interact with other departments as situations arise

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration or equivalent business experience.

  • Three years' merchandising experience

  • Knowledge of Company products and services.

  • Ability to use office equipment such as computer, calculator, copier and fax machine.

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines


  • Medical

  • Vision

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Dental

  • Life Insurance

  • LTD Insurance

  • 401k

  • Employee Purchase Program

  • Company Paid Time Off (PTO) & Paid Holidays

Qualified candidates interested in working in a team environment should apply online by clicking on the following link:

No phone calls please. EOE.

Questions? Contact?

Rebecca Armstrong

Human Resources Associate

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