pressure9pa Posted March 28, 2012 Share Posted March 28, 2012 Good Afternoon Everyone, First off all, as a long-time lurker, thanks to all for your willingness to help. I hope to be able to pay the knowledge forward one day to help future entrants and potential entrants. As I build my business plan, I'm struggling with inventory planning. Let's say I have perfect knowledge of what I'm going to sell over the next quarter (I know), but I don't know when the orders will be coming and from whom. If I get a call on Thursday from a distributor, and he wants to order a given quantity, when generally is he/she expecting this order to be packaged and on my dock? I could argue that the name "distributor" means that they should be buffering inventory with safety stock, however, reality says that the name "customer" means that I can't afford to have him think poorly of my delivery performance out of the gate. Is there a typical lead time granted to a distiller between time of order and time of shipment? Is there a finished goods inventory level at my location that would be pre-negotiated? Any insight or examples would be helpful. Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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