Do-It-Yourself -- or With Help -- Distribution

Grondin Francella, Barbara
October 2004
Convenience Store News;10/16/2004, Vol. 40 Issue 13, p156
Trade Publication
This article reports that national and regional convenience store chains such as 7-Eleven Inc., Wawa Inc., Sheetz Inc., Martin & Bayley Inc. and Family Express Corp. are self-distributing or partnering with wholesalers to operate distribution centers. They've entered the business for a host of reasons, among them driving down costs, increasing efficiency, reducing the number of trucks in the parking lot and controlling deliveries, service, product availability and marketing plans. The Family Express model works this way: For dry goods, Family Express employees drive semi trailers to an Eby-Brown Co. warehouse, pick up store orders and deliver them directly to each site.


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