Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Partners with Ruan


Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Partners with Ruan

Ruan now provides Dedicated Contract Transportation and Value-added Warehousing to the Division

By Stephanie Strauss, ABD

While many folks were dreading tax day, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) was excited for the arrival of April 15, 2019. 

On this day, as most people in Iowa were putting the finishing touches on their taxes, ABD was overseeing Ruan Transportation Management Systems (Ruan) picking, staging and loading its first round of liquor deliveries.

ABD recently partnered with Ruan for dedicated contract transportation and value-added warehousing. Ruan is a respected leader in the transportation, warehousing and logistics industry.

“This partnership with Ruan will enable ABD to provide the highest level of service to our customers. With a trusted and capable partner, we will be able to focus on our core responsibility of governing the alcoholic beverages marketplace in Iowa,” said ABD Administrator Stephen Larson. “We are looking forward to a long partnership with this leading Iowa company that can provide our customers with the best service possible.”

Ruan assumes responsibility for the management of the fleet and professional drivers and warehouse personnel, including recruiting and retaining employees, training and development, providing state-of-the-art technology, complying with all regulatory and safety requirements, and implementing an equipment and maintenance strategy to keep ABD’s operation running efficiently and safely.

“Ruan is excited to partner with another Iowa organization to better serve customers and optimize their transportation spend. This is truly a partnership of organizations built and sustained by Iowans, and we look forward to working with ABD to grow their capabilities to support our state,” said Marty Wadle, Ruan senior vice president of Supply Chain Solutions.

More News: New Order/Delivery Schedule

Due to the growth over the last four years in the number of licensed retailers, ABD determined it was necessary to evaluate delivery routes to ensure that we continue to operate efficiently and safely. During this process, every attempt was made to keep all retailers new order and delivery schedule as close as possible to their current schedule.

Looking Ahead: Customer Satisfaction Survey

The grocery industry is not only one of ABD’s major customers, but also an important partner in making sure Iowans have the opportunity to purchase the spirits products that they want. That’s why we will be seeking your input on our partnership with Ruan. Watch for more information in the near future.

Next Up: Category Management Reform

If ABD is going to continue operating like a business, we need to do it right. That means learning from the good ideas and best practices used by private-sector alcoholic beverage wholesalers when it comes to category management—not to increase alcohol consumption, but to ensure we're carrying the spirits products that Iowa retailers and consumers want. 

This begins with modernization of our current category management program. Throughout 2019 we will be reviewing our current policies and procedures to ensure they align with the modern marketplace. This includes updating administrative rules to reflect current practices, and integrating new software and technology systems to monitor data and analytics and help us forecast for the future.

Taking steps now to modernize our category management program is critical because it results in a maximized return on investment for Iowans. Better category management also allows us to ensure we maintain a responsible product portfolio that appropriately balances consumer choice with our public policy purpose of protecting public health, safety and welfare.

Source: Iowa ABD





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