Created: February 7th 2018 By: Chris Sinibaldi Back to All Posts
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Created: February 7th 2018 By: Chris Sinibaldi Back to All Posts
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How JIT Distribution Helps Dealers Succeed


For busy print dealers, keeping the printer parts supply chain moving is a constant challenge.

You have customers that depend on you to repair and replace printers at their convenience. You have competitors all-too-willing to make far-fetched promises in order to generate new orders.

At the same time, you have to organize your core business processes to deliver value.

Fortunately, there is a supply chain solution that can deliver results under these circumstances.

Just-in-time distribution (JIT) provides printer dealers with almost unlimited access to printer parts on-demand, and precludes you from keeping large inventories of parts in stock. This saves time and money while eliminating risks.

But this distribution strategy is not always easy to implement.

Sometimes, companies attempting JIT distribution spend more on logistics than they earn from customers. Without the correct distribution network in place, inconsistent shipping services can make JIT attempts fall apart.

A Guide to Implementing JIT Distribution Effectively


One of the primary challenges to effectively distributing printer parts so that they appear at dealers' facilities as soon as they're needed is managing a decentralized logistics system.

The reason why JIT strategies are relatively new to the world of business and industry is because the communication technology needed to ensure consistency never existed before the Internet.

Distributors that use JIT methodologies can send out printer parts quickly, ensuring that printer dealers get the parts they need without having to wait for parts to arrive from far-off locations. In turn, their customers wait less, and productivity improves across the board.

The key to making this system work smoothly is decentralized logistics.

Rather than trying to send all of your consumables through a single, centralized fulfillment center, JIT distributors operate multiple regional distribution centers.

For many distributors, the cost of setting up multiple distribution centers is too great to merit the attempt at implementing a JIT supply strategy. But dealers that partner with an established JIT technology distributor can enjoy the unique advantage of having that infrastructure already set up for them.


How On-Demand Infrastructure Helps Encourage Growth

Utilizing infrastructure through partnership with an established fulfillment operator lets print dealers fulfill promises to serve their customers' needs quickly and effectively.

The existing infrastructure operators are already well aware of average shipping times, costs, and other factors that affect service quality. This reduces risk for dealers and customers alike – you already know what to expect because you are not building new fulfillment centers.

Modern distribution using automated fulfillment technologies allows you to easily scale your business to accommodate growth.

From the perspective of your JIT distribution partner, it makes little difference whether you have 10 clients that regularly need printer parts delivered or 1,000. The infrastructure is already there and the automated processes involved make accommodating new orders a simple task.

This frees up your workforce to focus on profit-generating core business efficiencies for your customers.

The only limit to your business' growth is its ability to generate solutions and cater to customer needs – parts fulfillment is essentially taken care of.


Optimizing Stock Using the JIT Supply Chain

As a print dealer, we know that one of the most important issues you have to address is your ability to procure and manage stock.

The main benefit that partnering with a JIT distributor offers is reduced overhead costs – you no longer need to purchase supplies you don't need because you know that they are available at a moment's notice.

Depot International has a nationwide distribution network that offers one-day shipping to the largest cities in the United States and Canada. We offer two-day shipping to almost all of the contiguous United States, and three-day shipping for most of the North American continent. If you are ready to take advantage of our world-class JIT distribution capabilities contact us today!


Author: Chris Sinibaldi

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Parts for Depot International, Chris Sinibaldi is a recognized industry expert in the distribution and remanufacturing of laser printer parts and certified pre-owned printers. Sinibaldi has been in the industry for nearly 20 years and is known for helping service organizations, copier resellers and dealers significantly grow their businesses.

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