quote:Originally posted by on the wine:quote:Notwithstanding the above, I have been told that they don't do ISTs on discounted products because it is already 'costing them on the discount, and it doesn't make sense to spend $15 (cost) to transfer to another store when they are already discounting it.
OK, let's follow through with the logic here. A bottle doesn't sell because nobody wants to spend x dollars on this crappy wine. So the LCBO discounts it which generates a willing buyer at another outlet, but the LCBO won't let him buy it because it is on discount. So the LCBO gets to hang onto its crappy bottle longer.
I think I'm getting the hang of it now...
Yeah, it really doesn't make much sense. Maybe a policy that says it won't be shipped for two weeks after the discount -- so that time is given to clear out the inventory at the new price -- but after that surely a buyer is a buyer and anybody who is willing to pay money should be accommodated?
As for the original post and the issue related to additional trips for their trucks: I've always assumed that they have regular trucks driving back and forth between their central warehouse and the branch offices -- just for the purpose of distributing the new releases.
And, assuming that you aren't pressing for some kind of quick timelines on the transfer, then the bottles would just piggyback on to those trucks. No extra driving or fuel costs, just a little administrative work for somebody to get the transferred bottles on and off.
Am I over simplifying?