saints_gambit wrote:I think that part of the selection process could be managed by changing the selection of inventory from being under the purview of the local store manager to a centralized planning office that would be able to better manage inventory across the entire chain.
biegaman wrote:saints_gambit wrote:I think that part of the selection process could be managed by changing the selection of inventory from being under the purview of the local store manager to a centralized planning office that would be able to better manage inventory across the entire chain.
In fact, that is more or less the way it works now. The LCBO selects only certain stores to qualify for the "specialty beer release program" (aka seasonals) and force allocates them the brands. Other stores that attempt to order those specialty or seasonal beers may or may not be sent them (that decision is made by a centralized planning office like you mention). Same goes for vintages: the big stores get everything (or nearly) from the new releases while small stores are only allowed certain brands, after a certain time, if inventory levels permit. Same goes for craft beer: managers can attempt to order but ultimately it's someone at head office that looks at sales, demographics, existing inventory levels and then decides. Not only that but they limit stores to a limited number of brands and constantly give them shit for going over that number. A large percentage of that SKU count is considered "core brands" which a manager has no choice but to carry. Those are decided at head office also.
It's interesting: a lot of the managers I deal with would love to stock every craft brand and seasonal if they were allowed. Conversely, stores in places like Brampton and parts of Scarborough that are forced to carry OCB or seasonals hate having to since all their volume and sales go to cheap domestics and high-visibility imports like Corona and Heineken.
napoleon wrote:The stores don't need to be that much bigger. If you visit any of the great beer stores in the US or elsewhere, some of them are quite small. They just don't decide that they need shelf space for 48 beers of each kind stacked 8 across and 6 deep. Instead they put fewer bottles on display. Existing stores could easily fit many more varieties. I'm really hoping that some of the purchasing could be directed directly by the managers of the new craft beer-centric varieties.
Craig wrote:Most bottles don't need 9 inches of clearance above them either. The LCBO do a terrible job of shelving beer.
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