MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer Lee F. Hager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern) — the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor — announced today the official opening of the first of several paradigm-shifting Southern Supply Centers (SSCs). This first SSC, located in Tracy, California, will serve Southern suppliers and markets across the United States—implementing a more efficient, synergistic supply chain model for the industry. Southern’s California SSC became fully operational in the fall of 2013.
Commenting on this effort, Hager said: “The SSC program—inspired and led by our Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy Bobby Burg — is a breakthrough supply-chain initiative for the wine and spirits industry. From the outset, it was designed to establish and sustain unprecedented levels of integrated supplier-to-distributor-to-customer inventory management and sales solution synergies for all of our trading partners. We envision that the SSC program will eventually include up to two more facilities — in the United States and potentially Europe.”
Describing this groundbreaking, industry-leading offering, Burg noted, “Here at Southern, developing innovative solutions is key to delivering an enhanced and differentiated supplier value proposition that few, if any, of our competitors can match. With the launch of our first SSC, we built on the regional distribution center (RDC) concept used in other industries, tailoring and enhancing it in many significant ways for the unique nature of the regulated wine and spirits sector.”
Fundamental to the SSC approach is the regional consolidation of inventories. This includes the flexibility to respond to customer and consumer demand “pull”, rebalance inventory levels throughout the supply chain, ensure improved in-stock positions, and consolidate and leverage in- and out-bound shipments. “The range of efficiency and customer service benefits that the SSC provides to suppliers, customers and Southern alike is truly remarkable,” added Burg.
Highlighting the importance of the SSC approach to the present and future of the industry, Wayne E. Chaplin, Southern’s President & Chief Operating Officer, remarked, “The only constant in our great industry is change. Here at Southern, we not only embrace change, but also actively pursue concepts such as the SSC that engage our supplier partners in innovative, synergistic, cost-savings solutions — eclipsing existing industry practices.”
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs over 14,000 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.