On Tuesday June 1st, 2010 CMHDS Members toured the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) Distribution Centre in Vancouver, BC.
One of two distribution centres (the second is located in Kamloops) the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is one of the two governmental bodies responsible for regulating and monitoring the liquor industry in British Columbia, the other being the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)).
The LDB is the only organization allowed to purchase, import, and distribute alcoholic beverages in British Columbia. They employ more than 3,500 people, and operate 215 government liquor stores under the BC Liquor Stores name, found all across the province.
Tour features included scan-picking to the coordination of the shipping schedules, ordering cycles, and how the LDB is dealing with the growing business from independent retailers.