Company profile

Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America for more than 90 years, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries.

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Ace International is a division of Ace Hardware. Our retailers operate 600 stores in 60 countries. The International division is responsible for the Ace brand and retail stores located outside of the USA. The International division provides product sourcing opportunities from the USA (warehouse and direct from vendor) and also has direct import from manufacturers located outside the USA.

Ace Global Distribution (AGD) - Shanghai is a subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation. AGD Shanghai is a registered foreign company located in Pudong, Shanghai and serves as the Global Sourcing center for Ace Hardware and Ace Hardware International. The company also operates a Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in Ningbo that stocks over 3,500 SKU’s from more than 500 global manufacturers. This RDC and other supply chain services offered by Ace international allows customers ultimate flexibility in product replenishment and order consolidation services.


Conventions: Ace Hardware conventions, held twice a year in the spring and fall, is the largest private hardware show in the world attracting over 2,500 Ace retail stores each show. Our shows are truly buying shows with special opportunities presented by our vendors.

Doing Business with AGD Shanghai: By partnering with Ace Global Sourcing, vendors will have access to multiple international markets through Ace Hardware’s various channels.

US Imports: Our Global Sourcing staff will work with vendors to evaluate their potential for distribution in the US market. Factories shipping to the US must meet rigorous standards for safety, quality, and social accountability.

Foreign to Foreign (FTF): For international retailers buying enough volume, the FTF channel allows customers that can purchase minimum order quantity to ship direct from the factory. Our office will handle the order processing, quality inspections (if requested), and communication between the retailer and the vendor. LCL shipments can also be consolidated with RDC shipments for greater flexibility and maximized efficiency when placing orders.

RDC (Ningbo): The Ningbo warehouse is situated in the Meishan Bonded Logistics Park. When product is received in the RDC, the vendor will be paid as if they have exported the product. Full Case quantities from over 500 vendors are available to our customers through Asia.

Product Development: Vendors can work with the Ace Global Sourcing team to develop products and promotional programs in our various private label brands.

Benefits of working with us

Retail Contacts

Ace International is your access to the world. The merchants at Ace and the Ace Global Sourcing office promotes products to every Ace retailer around the globe.


The International department consists of a full staff in Oak Brook, IL, Panama, Shanghai, and Dubai with expertise in Sales, Merchandising, Customer Service, Supply Chain, Logistics, Finance, and Accounting.

Guaranteed and Centralized Payment

Receiving payment from an overseas customer can be burdened by time and language barriers. All funding is directly handled by AGD in Hong Kong whether by LC or TT (please note all bank charges are on the account of the beneficiary).

For more information, please download this informational flyer.

For more information about doing business with Ace Hardware or Ace International, please send inquiries to (734) 996-3364

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