Must Arrive By Date” (MABD): The New Landscape of Retail

This is the era of same-day delivery and big box retailer renovations. In this new landscape, it’s important to be on time for your Must Arrive by Date (MABD) deliveriesArrival dates are becoming increasingly influential in today’s retail world. Shoppers are looking for the fastest way to get their product and you need to be able to deliver. singly influential in today’s retail world. Shoppers are looking for the fastest way to get their product and you need to be able to deliver.

What is Must Arrive by Date, or MABD?

MABD is a reference that retailers use to give their vendors parameters on when they need the product to deliver at their location.  Retailers do this to ensure they are balancing out their warehouse work and product is hitting the shelf when needed.

Retailers will often manage the performance of their vendors to ensure they are hitting the date given.  Over time the retailers can penalize the vendor with fines if they are not hitting the MABD date consistently.  These fees can be substantial and proactively managing your on-time performance of your carriers can provide long term savings and better relationships with the retailers.

Why Use a MABD?

The goal of a retailer is to reduce their inventory costs by making sure they only have what customers want. For big box retailers, this system allows them to reduce costs and clutter by ensuring that items arrive as soon as they are needed. Holding on to excess inventory comes at a cost to retailers, but so do empty store shelves, thus making arrival dates of great importance.

How Do I Stay Compliant?

The MABD window is an opportunity for freight companies to get it right and earn trust with your customer. To meet MABD standards, manufacturers and shippers must ensure they meet the terms set forth by the retailer for the arrival date, as well as merchandise that meets their requirements for conditions and quantity. A failure to do so may result in fines. When it comes to moving your freight, you should consider the mode of transportation to be used.

Full Truckloads (FTL)

Choosing to ship full truckload will increase your chances of meeting the MABD window because it is a direct route, which leaves little opportunity for mistakes.

Less Than Truckloads (LTL)

For smaller suppliers using a third party to ship their goods via LTL, hitting the MABD window can present challenges. LTL shipping has frequent stops, which increases the chance of delays and damaged goods. Using a third-party logistics company, such as MVP Logistics, to ship your product can avoid some of the challenges that come with LTL shipping.

Carrier Scorecards

Scorecards can be useful for deciding who the best carrier is to carry your freight. Scorecards grade each carrier’s performance on metrics such as cost-efficiency and quality control, so knowing what information a carrier is graded on will give a better idea of what to expect in terms of pricing and standards of service.

Who Benefits From MABD?

  • The supplier saves on labor costs and gets products into circulation quicker.
  • The retailer keeps their shelves stocked and their expenses reduced from breakage, spoilage, and overstocking.
  • The consumer can rely on their favorite store to provide them with the products they need.

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MVP Logistics is a 3PL provider that values providing supply chain solutions made simple. If you are looking for less than truckload, or truckload freight options, contact MVP Logistics today at (833) GO4-MVP1 or visit us at MVP Freight Solutions.

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