2011 FORTUNE Celebration
Nominate a Retail Game-Changer!Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Coinciding with Retail’s BIG Show, the National Retail Federation Foundation will host its inaugural gala on Sunday, January 11th in New York City. We’re so excited that Kip – […]
What’s Your Happy Place?Posted on Jun 23, 2014
We really do have the BEST customers on the planet! And it sure does bring a smile to our faces when we hear you say things like, “The Container Store […]
Conscious Capitalism from our Emplo...Posted on Jun 18, 2014
How do you know that Conscious Capitalism really works? Just ask Charlie L., a full-time sales employee in our Cherry Creek store in Denver. He surprised and delighted us all […]
Travel Contest Extended!Posted on Jun 2, 2014
We’ve absolutely LOVED reading about your favorite aspects of traveling – so much in fact that after selecting the first winner of our Organized Travel Product Package contest, we’ve decided […]
The Gift of Organized TravelPosted on May 5, 2014
I love the feeling of preparing for a trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure. There’s nothing like the wonder and thrill of exploring new places or reacquainting myself with […]
Heart Centered Leadership – a gre...Posted on Apr 24, 2014
We love Susan Steinbrecher’s new book – Heart-Centered Leadership! If you’re looking for a smart business book all about creating an organization that attracts and keeps the very best and […]
You’re like chicken soup!Posted on Apr 11, 2014
This year our President and COO – Melissa Reiff – and our Vice President of Stores, Training and Development & Recruiting – Eva Gordon – are visiting all of our […]
120 Most-Trusted BrandsPosted on Apr 3, 2014
We’re proud to be listed among Entrepreneur’s 120 Most-Trusted Brands – what a celebration! And we’re certainly in good company with other fantastic retail leaders like Whole Foods Market, Trader […]
Share the Love Contest WinnersPosted on Mar 28, 2014
Thank you to the thousands (yes, literally THOUSANDS of you) who took the time to leave a love note for our employees on our blog in celebration of National We […]
Our Foundation PrinciplesPosted on Mar 24, 2014
We’ve built our business around seven values-based business philosophies that we call our Foundation Principles®. These communicate that no matter how big the company becomes, our guiding principles and […]
- Our Story
- Employee-First Culture
- Our Foundation Principles
- Commitment to our Communities
- Vendor Partnerships
- Commitment to the Environment
Hello! Since our doors opened in 1978, we’ve been a company full of heart and soul with what I like to call our “yummy” culture. We put our employees first and strive for excellence in everything we do. We want to be special, different, and to offer a retail experience unlike any other. Our blog is a place to celebrate our employees, our culture, our customers, our vendors and our commitment to our communities. So thank you for visiting, for sharing your thoughts and for being an even bigger part of what we stand for – organization with heart!
— Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO
On July 1, 1978, The Container Store opened its doors in a 1,600 square foot retail space in Dallas. The first store was filled with products that consumers couldn't find in any other retail environment. They were things like commercial parts bins, mailboxes, popcorn tins, burger baskets, milk crates and wire leaf burners. The product collection was quite unusual, but when used in a home or office, the solutions saved customers space and, ultimately, time.
Putting Our Employees First
At The Container Store, we firmly believe our employee is our #1 stakeholder. In doing so, employees take better care of customers and ultimately the shareholders benefit. It's a departure from what most other companies practice, yet it's been at the heart of our success since 1978.
Our Foundation Principles
Not only was The Container Store built on great products, but it was structured around some fundamental values and philosophies about treating employees, customers and vendors with respect and dignity - we call them our Foundation Principles™. By understanding these principles, we can all act as a unit, working toward the same goal. Retail is far, far too situational to attempt to achieve a concerted effort through inflexible rules and policies.
Committed to Our Communities
Since we opened our first store in 1978, we have proudly supported our stores' local communities. From product donations to employee volunteer time, we know the importance of being a good corporate neighbor. Today, The Container Store continues to give back to the community with a focus on supporting nonprofits that promote women's and children's well-being and health.
Our Vendor Partnerships
These partnerships are key to our commitment to providing our customers the most innovative, high quality, differentiated products in the industry coupled with the utmost in customer service. And they have been especially important as we navigate this challenging economic time.
Our Commitment to the Environment
We believe that there is no conflict between economic prosperity and environmental stewardship and, in fact, that the two are mutually dependent upon each other. Like many other companies, we embrace sustainability as a key to our economic future and feel businesses that do this will have a better relationship with all of their stakeholders and ultimately, be able to offer the best quality products at the lowest possible prices.
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