What Is Direct Store Delivery (DSD)?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
 Direct Store Delivery

Direct Store Delivery or DSD is a method of shipping or transportation where products are delivered directly from the manufacturer to the retailer instead of having one or more stopping points along the way.

Normally, manufacturers deliver to a distribution center where products are reorganized and perhaps repackaged before delivery. Direct store delivery is a faster and more efficient way to deliver product that is useful under certain circumstances.

Why is DSD used?

There are many advantages to DSD. For retailers that cannot store a lot of product and need frequent deliveries to keep shelves restocked, DSD is a fast and effective solution.

By bypassing a distribution center, everything moves faster and more efficiently within the supply chain. There is both time and money saved for both the shipper and the receiver.

Another advantage for the retailer is greater control over inventory. This can spell cost savings and increased sales.

There are, however, some disadvantages. Sometimes products are repackaged at a distribution center to be used in special sales or marketing campaigns. This is not possible when DSD is used. Also, the supplier or manufacturer may have compelling organizational reasons for using a distribution hub.

If you need DSD in British Columbia for your products, contact us today at (604) 439-8938 as this is one of the services that we offer within shipping and logistics. We can help you look at whether DSD is the right choice for your products and sales.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.