LDB Wholesale Operations has developed a new process for SKU management to optimize space in its distribution centres and improve supply chain efficiencies.
The new on-boarding / off-boarding model launching this month is designed to move consistent higher volume product into the distribution centres when there is available space and reduce the number of slower moving products stocked. The model also focuses on increasing collaboration and communication between the LDB Wholesale Supply Chain team and vendors, thus improving sales forecasting, space optimization and demand planning.
Please note, the new model is SKU-specific and product sales must meet the following criteria to be considered for on-boarding when there is available space in the distribution centres:
- Wine and spirits: 5 or more cases each week, for at least 9 periods, out of the most recent 12 financial periods
- Beer and refreshment beverages: 25 or more cases each week, for at least 9 periods, out of the most recent 12 financial periods
For the initial rollout of the on-boarding model, the LDB Wholesale Supply Chain team will be reviewing the sales information on file for direct delivered SKUs currently on the LDB distribution waitlist and for high volume Non Stock Wholesale Products (NSWP) SKUs.
Vendors with direct delivered SKUs currently waitlisted and vendors with eligible NSWP SKUs will be contacted at this time to determine if their sales are meeting the criteria to be considered for on-boarding. We appreciate your patience during the initial evaluation phase as it will take a few weeks to contact all currently waitlisted vendors.
Vendors with direct delivered SKUs that are meeting the on-boarding criteria and not yet waitlisted can add their eligible SKUs to the waitlist by downloading and completing the waitlist template available in the vendor resource section of this website and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors waitlisted after March 8, 2021 will be contacted during future criteria evaluation periods or upon available space in the distribution centres.
As part of the rollout of the off-boarding model, the LDB Wholesale Supply Chain team will start contacting vendors with products identified for off-boarding (SKUs not meeting the minimum sales criteria) and will work with the vendor to develop a collaborative off-boarding plan.
After this initial evaluation phase, LDB Wholesale Operations will review the on-boarding / off-boarding model and refine the processes as needed with the goal of evaluating space availability in the distribution centres up to three times a year.
Further details of the on-boarding / off-boarding model and FAQs are available in the vendor resource section here.