October 05, 2018
Todd Cooper, Executive Director, Wholesale Operations & Supply Chain at the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, has asked that we share with members the following update on the new LDB Distribution Centre in Delta:
Update on the New Distribution Centre in Delta
Construction of the LDB’s new 400,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Delta is nearly finished, and we’ve been busy filling it with product. The Delta facility is at just over half its inventory holding capacity, with more than 750,000 cases in stock – that’s more than Vancouver’s total capacity (average is 550,000 cases).
As part of our goal to minimize impacts to our customers, we are taking a gradual approach to our transition process. Last week we completed a pilot program with a few private and public stores to test our end-to-end processes. The simultaneous launch of a new warehouse management system, new handheld and material handling equipment and new processes requires significant integration and this pilot allowed us to ensure we completed lessons learned and will support us in managing any speed bumps we encounter as part of the larger rollout. Thank you to our pilot stores for your participation, feedback and patience!
All stores in the Whistler and Sunshine Coast delivery areas have transitioned over to Delta and we expect our retail customers in the Eastern Fraser Valley to move next. Please refer to the communication we distributed on September 12th for general details on what to expect. Further information will be provided as your specific transition date draws near.
This is an exciting time. Our new space is large, bright and a significant change from the Vancouver warehouse. We expect our new facility and systems will result in many lasting improvements for customers, suppliers and our staff. We are working through the expected challenges of such a significant undertaking and appreciate your ongoing patience as we continue our building commissioning.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your LDB Wholesale contact or contact: LDBnewDC@bcldb.com
Sign up for tours of the new LDB warehouse: Sunday, October 28
ABLE BC is excited to share the BCLDB Wholesale Team has offered to host ABLE BC members and BC Liquor Conference delegates for an open house and tour of their new Distribution facility in Delta on Sunday, October 28, prior to the conference opening reception.
ABLE BC is pleased to partner with the BCLDB to coordinate this event. Members and conference delegates can choose between three tour times:
- Tour A: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Tour B: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
- Tour C: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
There is no cost to tour the warehouse, however tour registration is separate from your BC Liquor Conference registration and advance tour registration is required.