Your complete general merchandise supplier!

200,000+ sq ft warehouse service over 1,000 independent retailers throughout the U.S.

25,000+ regularly stocked Sku's. Member stores receive everyday catalogs indexed into 22 individual departments.

Shipment to stores within 48 hrs with a 94-96% overall fill rate.

Two annual, national trade shows

A member-owned co-op that works for you!

Incentive rebates

1,000 drop ship vendors will bill through VDI at a reasonable fee.

Freight allowances available to most states (depending on location).

The buying power of 1,000+ stores

Low corporate overhead

You're not just a customer. You're an owner!

Programs to increase your store sales!

A complete store development department utilizing Plan-O-Grams, Blueprints, and Shelf Tags to create a store from the ground up or enhance a present store.

Seasonal merchandise including Valentine, Easter, spring and summer, lawn and garden, back-to-school, Halloween, Christmas (toys, decorations, gifts, and candy) with extended seasonal dating, low prices, and case pack discounts.

Variety Distributors, Inc., a full line merchandise distributor located in Harlan, IA and serving over 800 retail locations nationwide, announced it has agreed to purchase MDS Inc., a merchandise distributor located in Minneapolis, MN.

This acquisition will give VDI the opportunity to sell to approximately 200 new customers. These customers are mainly Drug Stores located in 8 states. Variety Distributors, Inc. currently dominates the Midwest, and the synergies created by this acquisition will allow us to strengthen our position in the Upper Midwest.” said Don Lantz, COO of Variety Distributors.

Both companies started in the 1940’s, so the knowledge and experience is amazing, this is exciting stuff.” Lantz said. For more information regarding this press release, contact Don Lantz at or Marie Wiederin at