The retail sector includes all shops from small groceries to supermarkets selling goods to an ultimate customer for personal and not business use and therefore, is dependent significantly on the prevailing level of consumer assurance in the economy. In recent decades, the dominant trends in the supply chain have been strikingly increased. Retailers have realized a variety of strategies to enhance inventory supplies and decrease operating costs.
One of the important strategies in the food industry that retailers and food producers have leveraged is direct store delivery (DSD) – a method of delivering goods from suppliers directly to a retail store bypassing a distribution center. Today, direct store delivery is an important channel for food producers as improves their sales performance via great control over retail.