History: IWDA Warehousing

 

I.W.D.A. Warehousing

During an annual meeting in the early 1970’s, the idea was presented to open a warehouse for members. A Modesto, California, member offered part of his company’s warehouse space, and arrangements were made for staffing, record keeping, purchasing, billing, and shipping.

Some years later, with the warehouse proving its value, a purchasing committee was appointed to contact manufacturers and negotiate better prices for I.W.D.A. members. In 1982, the Purchasing Committee organized a special Purchasing Agents Meeting in San Francisco to review and compare products, pricing, and service. These Purchasing Meetings became so important that they were scheduled annually for November, taking the place of the February membership meeting.

In early 1990, a new, larger warehouse building was rented in Modesto, and all inventory was moved, administrative equipment purchased, and employees hired.

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