Benefits of Becoming a Shareholder

dci is a 30 plus year old selling group. dci is a national organization of independent grocers that foster collaborative selling relationships between its shareholders, manufacturers, and key stakeholders in the Canadian grocery industry.

dci is a selling group consisting primarily of progressive, independent grocers, formed in 1981. These grocers saw the corporate chains obtaining better net costs and rebates than independents enjoyed. Realizing strength lay in numbers, they combined their volumes, gaining higher rates and lower net costs as a direct result. A general rule of thumb indicates shareholders enjoy net earnings increases of .25% to 3% of gross sales, (e.g.) $5,000,000 per annum - $12,500 to $150,000 per annum extra earnings).

dci takes pride in being able to send rebates to members on a mostly monthly basis. This is a much shorter time frame than commonly found in groups, allowing members/shareholders to enjoy the benefits more quickly. As a result, members/shareholders are again, more competitive in the marketplace.

Due to its approach to business and its relationship with suppliers, dci has experienced dramatic growth over the last few years.

Grocers join dci through the purchase of a $1,500 share certificate, with each member/shareholder owning one share. There is also an annual administrative fee of $2,500 used to operate the D.C.I. office. Minimum Sales Volume per member must be over $5 Million per annum; on this basis, the $2,500 annual administrative fee would be paid back more than 10 times annually depending on use of current agreements with direct suppliers.

In closing dci can help you with the below measurable and tangible benefits:

  • Earned cost reductions
  • Strength in numbers
  • Increased bottom line
  • Cost effective, polled purchasing
  • Help reducing your operating expense
  • Member helping member, more interdependent as well as independent.
  • Access to who makes the decision and pay the bills.
  • dci members have a collaborative relationship with its Vendor partners.

For more information please contact Marc Fortin at the dci office.