Distribution Center Order Consolidation

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atticusewig
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Distribution Center Order Consolidation

Postby atticusewig » Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:51 pm

You know how you can get case discounts from
the Distribution Center, but at the same time don't
know if you'll use all of the items in a case ?

Well that's when it pays to consolidate your
orders with another unit or more.

Our ward did that with a couple of others
recently when ordering mission DVDs
using a spreadsheet to keep track of it
all. Emailing a spreadsheet around, however,
isn't the ideal way in my opinion.

My idea would be for the information
to be stored at the Distribution Center's
website as a "Group Order". Each unit
then could "join" that order and add to the
order. Finally, the unit that created the
group order would be able to finalize the
order and have it shipped to them.

For example, a stake could tell all the
wards to login and add to a big order
so case discounts can be had,
and have it shipped to the Stake
so the materials would arrive in time to
be handed out during Stake Conference.

If the Group Order function could also
auto-calculate an unit's "share" of the
order and charge them rather than
charging the Stake the total amount
and having the Stake work everything
out at a local level, that would be great too.

- Atticus Ewig

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:06 pm

This is an interesting idea. We share a building with another ward and even have a combined YM/YW. Ordering together would be convenient. How do you envision splitting the bill? Online or offline?

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Postby atticusewig » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:13 pm

As far as splitting the bill, if the Distribution
Center were to implement the "Group Order"
idea, I think it would be fairly easy for them
to charge each unit for the items at the
case-discount price.

For example, if a group of 5 units were to order
10 DVDs each that are normally $2.00 each,
but when ordered as a case would work out to be
$1.18 each, then when that unit was invoiced
from Distribution, they would be billed
$1.18 x 10 items = $11.80 instead of the $20
they would have paid if they had not consolidated.

The main reason I would like to see the Distribution
Center to take care of the charges is so there is
clear documentation. Writing a check from one
unit to another to cover portions of an order
introduces the possibility for problems.

- Atticus Ewig

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:17 pm

It would be nice if the distribution center could handle it all.


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