In 1962 Karl Ruppert opened his first shop in Weilheim, then in 1964 a wholesale department store, in 1970 his own global purchasing organization with resilient purchasing relationships in Asia, then in 1981 with local partners in Hong Kong with MPL, a globally-operating purchasing organization. In the branch network with 61 locations in 2015/2016, 1,300 employees generated approx. € 137 million. In 2017, questions about corporate succession intensified - Ruppert commissioned Allert & Co. with the search for solutions and potential investors. As of 1 September 2017, CFO Jens Bächle, who had already been trained, took over the trading business and became the sole managing partner of this family core business .