Small businesses and corporate purchasers alike are faced with the challenges that come with finding the best value sources for their company's supply needs.
Source options for tools, hardware and MRO include big box stores, specialty hardware vendors, chain suppliers, general merchandise and warehouse stores, and Internet retailers.
Business purchasers are quite different from those who are buying for personal needs. They are more selective, convenience driven, value sensitive and usually buy multiples and are repeat buyers. Often business buyers are just that, professional buyers, who utilized selective criteria to evaluate products, sources and their value for the price. Ease of ordering and speed of delivery are also significant considerations.
Distribution is an interrelated mechanism of resources, facilities and transportation systems that moves goods from producers to consumers. A distribution network is the system a company uses to get products from the manufacturer to the retailer. A fast and reliable distribution network is essential to a successful business because customers must be able to get products and services when they want them.
Effectively understanding the correlation between distribution and logistics is critical to a company's bottom line. In general, logistics refers to the distribution process within the company whereas the supply chain includes multiple companies such as suppliers, manufacturers, and the retailers.
The Foreign Trade Zone is a unique ability granted to some U.S. facilities that allows duties & taxes to be deferred until the goods leave the facility. Supervised by U.S. Customs, items can be imported into the zone, and then stored,kitted,assembled or otherwise modified. Then when the goods leave the trade zone, that’s when duties are charged. These zones were set up by the Federal Government to “even the playing field” and offset advantages that some overseas suppliers have in the customs process. A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a secure area under the supervision of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). FTZs are considered to be outside of the Customs territory of the United States for the purposes of payment of duty. The authority for establishing zones is granted by the Foreign Trade Zone Board (FTZ Board), under the Foreign- Trade Zones Act of 1934, (FTZ Act) as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the FTZ Board’s regulations (15 C.F.R. 400).
In the highly competitive industry of Home Furnishings and Interior Design there are countless ways to provide customer satisfaction, but one of the most critical is the impression that is left when the goods are finally delivered to the customer's home.
Individuals seeking the vision of a "well feathered nest", at any income level, always imagine the peace and comfort that accompanies selecting and enjoying the benefits of their hard earned dollars.
Customers of a Home Furnishings Receiving Warehouse include furniture and accessory manufacturers, furniture showrooms, interior designers, architects, artists and craftsman of all types. The Receiving Warehouse is the connection between these sources of Home Furnishings and the end user who enjoys them.
A large organization in a multi-level, open architecture, office complex situated on a multi acre business campus provides both partitioned office and cubicle work space for its personnel. These environments generally consist of partial glass movable wall systems for their senior staff and acoustical panel privacy partitions for the main workforce. The company makes periodic changes to departments, work teams and operations, which affect the layout of the various floor plans on each level.
These types of set-up or relocation services are often extremely time sensitive and must be accomplished with short lead times and after normal business hours performance, so as not to interrupt the work day business operations.
A Government Agency published a requirement to contract with a commercial enterprise to provide Equipment Management Support (EMS) for one of their Program's assets. This Agency's Program acquires quantities of specialized manufactured goods from various sources to support their global mission.