Retailer fines vs. distribution labor

Amazing as it sounds, retailer fines now exceed the cost of distribution labor in some grocery suppliers.  Grocers simply want what they want in the quantities they want on the day they want it.  They rightly claim that if they don’t have it, the shelf may stock out.  The bigger problem however, is not always the supplier’s reliability but the grocer’s ability to get the product from the back room to the shelf.