Riverside Furniture Shortens Delivery Times with Virginia Warehouse
Casegoods resource Riverside Furniture announced that it has opened a distribution center in Ridgeway, Virginia, positioning the company to better service retailers in the Eastern U.S.
Opened in early December of last year, the company expects that the 75,000-square-foot facility will help Riverside cut shipment lead times to retailers in the Eastern U.S. from a current four weeks to approximately 10 to 14 days from the date of order placement to the retailers’ location. The facility will be fully stocked and operational in February, the company said. “Improved service from the new Virginia warehouse is our latest strategic initiative to deliver added value to our customers,” said Fred Henjes, chief executive officer and president. “The Eastern U.S. retailers serviced by the distribution center will realize higher profitability through reduced freight costs, shorter lead times and higher inventory turns through low shipping minimums,” he said.
The Virginia facility is Riverside’s second domestic warehouse. The other is based at its headquarters here, said John Iasiello, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development. The Fort Smith warehouse will now focus its service on retailers in the Midwest and Western U.S., he said. The company also has a distribution center in Vietnam, from which retailers “can order direct mixed containers, in as small a quantity as 350 cubes, so that independent furniture retailers can take advantage of the lower pricing of direct containers, along with major retailers.” Iasiello said.
The Virginia distribution center is operated by Warren Trucking. Retailers have a choice of receiving immediate shipments if the product is in stock, or sending their preferred carrier to pick up the merchandise within a week, Iasiello said.
“We are excited at how the new facility will add a new level of service to our current dealer base and many prospective dealers by offering our best-selling products across all Riverside categories – bedroom, dining, occasional, home office and entertainment,” Iasiello said. “As we ramp up, our goal is a ‘never out of stock’ position on best-sellers.”
About Riverside Furniture: Fort Smith, Arkansas-based Riverside Furniture is a leading supplier of high-fashion, mid-priced quality bedroom, dining room, home office, home theater and occasional furniture. Founded in 1946, the company distributes its whole home furniture collections and some 1,000 furnishings items to retailers nationwide.
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