Manufacturers and distributors may have hundreds to thousands of inventory items to manage.  You need to maintain enough inventory to satisfy customers and prevent stock-outs without needlessly overstocking shelves.  Keeping tabs on so many items can quickly become time consuming … Read more

 

As a manufacturer or distributor, you rely on your suppliers for prompt delivery of high quality raw materials or products that you need to satisfy your own customers.  Savvy businesses also spend time considering potential supply chain disruptions and prepare … Read more

 

Food and beverage manufacturers are facing new changes to labels on packaged foods.  The term “gluten-free” has been defined and products that are labeled as gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.  However, the labeling is … Read more

 

The back warehouse can be a busy, noisy place that is easy to avoid.  It often appears disorganized with boxes everywhere and high traffic with people opening incoming boxes and sealing packages for customers.  However, if you don’t visit once … Read more

 

Does your distribution company need to increase margins and improve profits? Of course, you’d like to increase your margins! But, how do you increase the margin on the products you distribute without just raising your prices?

The general notion is … Read more

 

There has been a lot of noise in the last week about the Apple-IBM collaboration agreement. It is certainly newsworthy and has all the appropriate levels of intrigue. The originator of the PC, teaming up with their former competitor and … Read more

 

Maintaining the right inventory, at the right time, in the right quantities is not an easy task.  A number of variables can change rapidly which can lead to knee-jerk decisions that may not be in the best interest of inventory … Read more

 

A miscalculation, typo, decimal error, or simply rushing to complete an assignment could have been the culprit of a mistake that tainted the grand opening of Target Canada.  A significant loss, nearly $1.4 billion to date, may have been due … Read more

 

Collins_Distribution Quiz_July 2014Every distributor is looking for more good customers – customers that enjoy your products and services, place recurring orders, and pay on time.  It is more efficient to nurture long-term relationships than spend the time to look for and engage … Read more

 

Today’s manufacturers and distributors must be agile and able to respond quickly in the event of a supply chain disruption.  They must also be flexible and able to view the supply chain and inventory management strategically.  Looking at your supply … Read more

 

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