March, 2021
How Smart Manufacturers Reduce the Frequency of Costly Small-Volume Production Runs
If you are a manufacturer of engineered products, it is likely that some of your products, or at least some components of your assembled products, are machined, molded or otherwise fabricated by specialized equipment. Once that equipment has been set up to make one piece, the more pieces you make, the lower the cost of each one that you make. But too often, your sales channel partners (i.e., stocking distributors) want only one or two pieces.

Learn how smart manufacturers and their sales channel partners take a holistic approach to reducing the frequency of costly low-volume production runs.

TLS 1.1 End-of-Life on the WarehouseTWO Server
By the end of this month, TLS ("Transport Layer Security") 1.1 security protocol will be disabled on the WarehouseTWO server. Afterward, the minimum acceptable protocol will be TLS 1.2. This change should not have any affect on how you use our service, unless you are using a really old web browser application or really old FTP client software. To ensure continued access to the WarehouseTWO website, and to prevent disruption of your nightly inventory data file uploads, we recommend that you use the latest version of your browser application and current FTP client software. To learn more about the end-of-life of TLS 1.1, click here.
Member Feedback
“We are always needing <brand> products. This manufacturer's lead times are much too long for customers in a rush or breakdown. WarehouseTWO helps us fill the needs in those situations very well 95% of the time.”

Eric Burkhart
Charlotte, NC USA
Upcoming Conferences
June 12-15, 2021
San Diego, CA USA

June 22-25, 2021
(virtual conference)
Featured Feature: WEB MARKET
Offer selected inventory for sale to anyone, anywhere, by posting it to a WEB MARKET location on your account. Items posted in this way may be indexed by Google and appear in Google searches. Click here to see an example (or search for "Salami 323411302" in Google and look for the "WarehouseTWO" listing at or toward the top of the first page of search results). Click here to learn more about this inventory exposure feature.
Upcoming Training
Our next round of four different training webinars is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th and Thursday, June 17th, 2021. Click here for session syllabuses and for links to register for any of these webinars. Space is limited, so register early!
Distribution Quip of the Month
The top three most effective ways to minimize surplus inventory:

  1. Prevention. (Manage your inventory better.)
  2. Throw it away. (Rent a dumpster. Fill it with surplus inventory. Empty it into a big hole in the ground. Repeat as needed.)
  3.  ...

Oh, wait. There is NO third most effective way. :-(

Got a favorite work-related quip? Or a snippet of wisdom applicable to the world of wholesale-distribution? Share it with us.
WarehouseTWO Tip of the Month
Remind your users what products they can search for at WarehouseTWO. They may be using WarehouseTWO for only one or two product lines. Communicate to your staffs a list of all of the inventory-sharing communities activated on your account. On our website’s SEARCH page, the “Filter by Community” drop-down lists the communities activated on one’s member account. Click here to view all of our current inventory-sharing communities. Would you like to see more inventory-sharing communities in our system? If so, contact us.
Referral Rewards Program
The easiest way to get more value from your WarehouseTWO account is to increase participation by other distributors and manufacturers. Over the years, many of you have been loyal "evangelists", recommending WarehouseTWO to peer distributors, to manufacturers and to associations and marketing groups.

We want to encourage and compensate you for the results of your efforts. To learn more about our "WarehouseTWO Referral Rewards" program, and how you and your company can benefit, click here.
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Words that Confuse us at WarehouseTWO
portmanteau: a word created from two others, combining the meaning of both (example: "motel" from "motor" and "hotel")

eponym: a word derived from the name of a person or place (example: "America" is derived from the Italian mapmaker, Amerigo Vespucci)
An Explanation of Inventory-Sharing Communities at WarehouseTWO
WarehouseTWO's system of inventory-sharing "communities" serves a unique purpose in enabling "inventory-sharing" among peer wholesalers. Understanding and leveraging this system can enhance the value of one's WarehouseTWO membership.

Got something to ask or something to say? Want to learn more about how formalized inventory-sharing with WarehouseTWO can help your company be more successful? Email us. Or call us at 1-650-329-1592 (USA Pacific time zone).

Enjoy your day!

Mark Tomalonis
WarehouseTWO, LLC