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May 2009
Just-in-Time Delivery Affecting Wine Industry
Distributors are forcing warehouses to consolidate shipments of small orders, adding more time and labor to the warehouses' operating expenses.
by Bill Pregler
The current economic situation is weighing heavily on everyone's minds, from consumer to restaurant owner to wine club member. Because people are now buying differently, with more frequent but smaller or less expensive orders, it is affecting the supply chain: those people between the customers and the winery. Consumer caution is forcing distributors, warehouses and fulfillment houses to re-examine their strategies. Increasingly, the wine industry is being required to adjust to what manufacturi...
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