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retail unified grocers inc. / Headquarters: Commerce, Calif. / Employees: 2,200 / Specialty: Wholesale grocery cooperative / Gregg Bostick, vice president of logistics: "Hands down, we have some of the smartest and most tenacious logistics people." The Big Picture Unified Grocers has been serving independent grocery stores on the West Coast since 1915. Unified Grocers is the largest retailer-owned grocery cooperative in the West, and it aims to continue growing. By Chris Petersen Independent grocery stores often attract customers because of their local, community-based focus. Although this means they can serve their customer GREGG base with greater attention BOSTICK to individual customers, it VP of Logistics also means they don't have the scale to compete with large, national chains when it comes to negotiating with suppliers. For many independent grocery stores, wholesale cooperatives such as Unified Grocers Inc. in the western United States give them 98 Supply Chain World FALL 2015 the collective buying power they need to keep prices low for their customers. But that buying power is only part of the story of how Unified Grocers provides value to its members. According to Vice President of Logistics Gregg Bostick, the size and scale of Unified Grocers also provides members with benefits when it comes to supply chain and logistics. Unified Grocers has been serving independent grocery stores on the West Coast since 1915, when it was founded by a group of independent grocers in Portland, Ore. Over time, Unified Grocers added new members throughout the Pacific Northwest, eventually merging in 1999 with Los Angeles-based Certified Grocers and in 2007 it acquired Seattle-based Associated Grocers. The combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions have allowed Unified Grocers to become the largest retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative in the western United States, with more than 360 members and more than 2,900 stores served. The cooperative's mission is to

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