Why Ace

Excellence You Deserve

Ace Hardware owners have access to more than 100,000 products from a variety of channels from US distribution centers, to regional distribution centers ensuring stores are stocked with the inventory needed to meet the needs of their customers.

Access to Ace Hardware Products 

Store owners have easy access to these quality items through 3,000 US vendors, regional distribution centers and the Ace Global Distribution network. Ace Hardware Semi-Annual Conventions also serve as a private buying show for all international retailers, where there are more than 1,000 vendors with products on display. With all departments on display for retailer viewing, these events also act as an ideal retail training ground for store owners and employees.

Buying Power, Leverage and Scale

The Shanghai distribution center is a hub for all import activities and combines the convenience of U.S. export buying opportunities with the competitive edge of global procurement.

Owners can shorten product delivery times, increase cost efficiencies and build product assortments by leveraging in-country knowledge and expertise with regional distribution centers, starting with the Ace Global Distribution warehouse in Shanghai, China.

Ace store owners have three options for sourcing products:

  • Ace Global Distribution (China) – Factory-direct international product sourcing provides more product options and competitive pricing
  • Regional Warehouses (Shanghai, Panama & Dubai) – provides product assortments that fit regional customer demands
  • Ace Domestic (U.S.) Warehouses – leverages strong U.S. brands with high-quality products

Providing more international product sourcing options allows Ace store owners to be more nimble with their business operations. There are hundreds of vendors available outside the U.S., which allows for more vendor negotiation, site visits, and on the ground real-time vendor contact with complete documentation and logistical support.

Global Supply Chain Infrastructure

By leveraging distribution centers dotted around the globe, International Retailers can now purchase smaller quantities from multiple vendors and have mixed containers shipped directly to their stores. Ace’s proven international distribution network gives stores owners the confidence they need to help create a business that’s short on restrictions and long on profitability and flexibility.

International distribution centers provide:

  • Easier access to core stock of leading branded products and certified Ace Private Label goods through our global supply network
  • In-market support offices
  • Less than container load consolidation
  • Shorter lead times
  • Online ordering system

Grow Your Margins Using Certified Products

With Ace Hardware, there is no shortage of quality products to service your customers. Ace provides access to thousands of home improvement items including 12,000 Ace Private Label products that are certified to be as good, if not better, than leading global brands. Ace Hardware Corporation purchases its private label products from over 290 suppliers on an item-specific basis. We ensure consistent quality in our private label products through various means including factory site visits, third-party laboratory testing for some products, and specific criteria for imported products. Supplier changes will happen from time to time when product quality or pricing improvements are available. We are making investments in our brand through new packaging, quality testing, advertising and the overall Ace brand! Thorough retail market analysis is being completed for each private label category to deliver a smart mix of product.

Here’s how you’ll benefit from selling Ace Private Label products:

  • Ace branded items are priced lower than national brands
  • With more than 12,000 Ace Hardware branded products, your customers will begin to recognize the power of the Ace brand and value of Ace Hardware Services
  • Being an authorized seller of Ace Private Label items strengthens your store’s brand

Ace also provides countless services to exceed your customer’s expectations, like paint color matching, key cutting, window screen repair, special deliveries, and many more!



Ace does business in more than 60 countries around the world and continues to grow by giving new investors opportunities in territories where we don’t have a presence as of today.   

Ace stores come in all sizes and shapes based on the needs of each individual neighborhood around the world.  We have everything from small urban stores in the US to large Flagship stores in Indonesia and everything in between.

Ace stores offer a wide variety of paint, lawn and garden, tools, local niche services, and virtually anything you’ll need to fix, repair, and maintain your home.
We appreciate your interest in Ace Hardware and your patronage of Ace Stores around the world.

If you’re interested in a market where we may already have a presence and are not seeking additional franchisees, we will inform you immediately upon receipt of pre-qualification form.

Business Model

The Ace International’s business model is all about flexibility.   Ace provides a foundational support system that you can leverage according to how you need to run your business in your local market.  Ace International has more than 130 employees dedicated solely to servicing International Retailers, and there are more than 80,000 members on the Ace Hardware Team, including owners, store personnel, retail support and corporate employees. Our combined talents and commitment to helping people with their home improvement projects define Ace Hardware’s mission and values.  Overall, owning and operating an Ace Franchise has its distinct advantages— shared innovations, corporate marketing insight, state-of-the-art retailing design and a strong global supply chain, just to name a few. 

Our business model allows you to run Ace stores with confidence by providing the following resources and competitive advantages:

  • Lower cost of goods for increased margins & greater profitability
  • Exclusive licensing rights
  • Stock ownership
  • Strategic and business management support
  • Globally recognized brand
  • Retail Operations and Marketing support
  • Operational flexibility

Build an Enterprise with Ace

Internationally, Ace Hardware is focused on partnering with investors who have multiple-unit intentions in each new global investment market. As an Ace owner in your market, your autonomy gives you the opportunity to build economies of scale while protecting you at the same time. Think of it as your Ace insurance policy – and peace of mind.


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