Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion

Bernie Marcus, Author, Bob Andelman, Author, Arthur Blank, Joint Author Crown Business $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-8129-3058-0
There was a time when you could ask American consumers to choose between good service and low prices. As a countless number of retailers who are now bankrupt learned the hard way, those days are gone. Today, shoppers expect both, having found them at places such as Wal-Mart and the Home Depot. Here, the founders of the Home Depot, the countrys largest home improvement chain, stress that coming up with a good ideaand the Home Depot was the first of the oversized do-it-yourself chainsis not enough. Would-be moguls not only have to execute well but also have to recognize that competition is inevitable. Thats why Marcus and Blank say they built the company on more than just buying in volume and passing along the savings. They contend that the real keys are making sure employees know what the company stands for so that they go out of their way to serve customers. They also preach a no-mercy attitude toward the competition. Blank once asked a rival if he had seen the movie Jaws. He then said to the man: Imagine we are in the back yard swimming pool together. Now imagine that the Home Depot is Jaws. Stories about the founders early days working at other companies are not always clear, and characters zip by with little explanation. Still, the authors manage to explain the Home Depots success and do an excellent job of explaining the 14 principles that guide the company in a chapter called, appropriately, How We Manage. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1999
Release date: 04/01/1999
Genre: Nonfiction
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