The retailer cooperative works on the same principle as a central buying office. It is therefore a structure that brings together a number of retailers who are its members. Like a central purchasing office, the cooperative buys products in large quantities directly from suppliers. Thus, it can resell products at low prices to its members and at the same time harmonize commercial methods.
The merchants, members of a retailers’ cooperative, enjoy a great deal of freedom. They are not obliged to buy exclusively from the cooperative and can withdraw from the group whenever they wish. The membership fee is the same for all members. In addition, upon request, members can obtain exclusivity for a particular sector.