Symbolic of the times, a young Joseph Cory stepped into his first truck and ventured out into the streets of Brooklyn, NY, determined to deliver that first stove. The first-generation Italian-American did what so many young boys did during the Great Depression; he left school after the eighth grade to join his brother in supporting the Cory family.
That family name lives on today in one of the most successful home delivery companies in the country. From Joseph Cory’s humble beginnings in 1934, to the 1,200 employee company now based in Secaucus, NJ, Cory Home Delivery has remained true to its roots.
”As my grandfather would often say, in our business there are only two things of importance,” says Patrick Cory, who along with Kevin Cory, both Joseph’s grandsons, leads the company today. “One is the customer, and the other is the furniture. If you take care of customers, they come back. If you take care of the furniture, it doesn’t. It’s just that simple — and just that difficult.”
The company recently held its 75th Anniversary party at the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel. Cory delivers furniture, appliances and electronics for some of the top retailers in the country. And with a fleet of 500 customized vehicles, Cory delivers more than $2.1 billion a year in consumer products to more than 1.6 million customers.
“As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, transitioning to third-generation family leadership and innovation are keys to continuing success in serving retailers nationwide,” says Joe Cory, Sr., son of Joseph Cory.
Through the years, Cory has remained diligent in keeping the company competitive. To make its fleet more versatile and speed delivery times, the company employs Demountable Concepts warehouse-on-wheels system and has invested heavily in information technology to improve efficiencies and customer service. State-of-the-art routing programs and smart phones on delivery vehicles to track orders and automatically update customers in real time are just a couple of the technological edges the company employs.
The company also instituted “The Cory Way” to measure delivery services daily and runs a Best of the Industry safety program led by former Virginia State Police Officer Scott Roberts. All while following the founding principles set forth by Joseph Cory some 75 years ago: “quality delivery and warehousing, respect for the men and women who provide these services, and always being there for customers.”
“We look forward to continuing to serve the retail industry and hopefully, being here for the next 75 years,” says Patrick Cory.
In 1934, Joseph Cory built a small, little delivey company with nothing but hard work and a dedication to the people he worked with and for. Today, 75 years later, that small company is now a powerhouse that still believes in its founding father's ideals. So for 75 good years, and many more to come, here’s to Cory.