Purchasing & Logistics
All purchasing is managed through the Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) module of our integrated software platform. Company objectives include maintaining an average of 35 days of inventory with allowances for shipping points, vintages, allocations, and other mitigating factors. The DRP purchasing algorithm accounts for inventory on-hand and on-order, 12-month historical sales, current trends, and discount patterns.
All Purchase Orders are system generated and include negotiated FOB pricing. Direct Import orders are primarily from Italy, New Zealand, and the U.K. using the Port of New York. Domestic orders are shipped both intermodal and rail-car. Domestic consolidation orders ship weekly from California, Kentucky, and New Jersey distribution points. Every effort is made to ship full loads however LTL shipments are utilized in special situations. In addition, inventory transfers to and from Connecticut and Rhode Island wholesalers are also used when necessary and available.