In 1955, two automotive wholesalers met for the purpose of organizing a merchandising group. It was from this modest beginning that Wheatbelt evolved. Today that merchandising idea is combined with one of America's most perceptive buying groups.

Wheatbelt is a Stockholder-Owned Distributor, which works primarily with drop ship programs direct to the retailer. The drop ship program is supplemented with two distribution centers. Being a stockholder-owned company, we provide these programs at the most competitive pricing available. The combined purchasing strength of our numerous Wheatbelt members provide every-day low prices. Thus improving margins and maintaining that competitive edge.

Wheatbelt's Directors of Merchandise and Marketing continue to support our members by obtaining and dispersing needed information on new products and promotional ideas. Wheatbelt's three annual product shows enable our members to work first-hand with Wheatbelt in analyzing current product trends.

Two Distribution Centers re-distribute member's orders and the merchandise is sent on its way by the most direct common carrier. Paper work is reduced and delays are minimized -- all spelling convenience and profit for member stores.

Accounting Services for our members are prompt and dependable through "state-of-the-art" technology. Our members enjoy central billing and central invoicing for more than 1,600 vendors. Wheatbelt pays all vendors on behalf of the members - taking advantage of all possible discounts. Members make one simple payment rather than numerous vendor checks.

To grow and develop, the successful merchant must set a pace that is one step ahead of his competition. Now, more than ever, he has to be attuned to his customer - knows his products and merchandise aggressively. Some of the categories Wheatbelt sets that pace for are Agri-Business, Animal Health, Automotive, Clothing & Footwear, Hardware, Housewares, Lawn & Garden, Paint, Pet Supplies, Plumbing & Electrical, Saddle & Tack, Sporting Goods and Toys.