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In Sprouts stores, customers
can see all the way from the
front to the back.

- the ambiance. Part of that is whether it feels fake or authentic, and
inherently most people feel that the wood is authentic, even if they
don't articulate it."
Those wood fixtures in produce and the bakery and bulk
departments are supplied by JSI. Plywood is used in the produce
department and primarily maple wood for other areas.
Unlike a traditional grocery store, produce is located in the
center of a Sprouts instead of being off to the side when customers first enter the store. "One of the key features in a Sprouts store
is that you can see all the way from the front to the back of the
store," Hagen notes. "The customers comment that it is one of
their favorite things about the stores."
The only sections where merchandise is stacked above eye level is
along the perimeter of the stores where dry goods, health, beauty and
vitamin products and the refrigerated and freezer cases are located.

Supply Chain
Scott Coleman is Sprouts' certified procurement manager and handles
procurement of construction materials, store merchandise and
supplies. "Many times, we'll have more than one source for a product,
but if the companies are strong and have multiple distribution and
manufacturing points, then we'll do a single supplier," Hagen says.
The company recently launched a software program called
Places in which all the manufacturers that ship Sprouts products
put in their invoices and the production managers verify that the
items have been received.
The procurement team obtains all the fixtures and equipment
used to remodel Sprouts' stores for all the locations, many of
which are being remodeled concurrently. The team also handles
procurement of items that are not for resale, such as plastic bags
to bag groceries, containers to place bulk and fresh food in, cleaning and office supplies and small wares, such as plastic spoons
and knives used in the deli and bakery departments.

«

"We typically have agreements with people that go across all
the regions," Hagen says. "We try to find some suppliers that have
multiple manufacturing facilities spread across the United States
so we minimize the distribution cost."

Just-in-Time Delivery
Arrival of construction materials usually is delayed if a project is
behind schedule. However, "for the most part, construction materials arrive just in time," Hagen says. "Occasionally if a project is
behind, some materials might get shipped and have to be stored,
but that would be the responsibility of the contractor to safe
harbor it somewhere until we're ready for it."
Storing construction materials outside can affect their quality.
"We don't want them sitting outside where they could get rained
on or heated up," Hagen emphasizes. "Being covered in plastic
is not good for equipment. We make the contractors put it in a
warehouse somewhere where it can be stored. For the most part,
everybody does a pretty good job of managing that. There have
been very few times when we have to hold equipment."
Often, suppliers can delay delivery of construction materials or
equipment if they are notified in advance of a delay in construction. Sometimes, steel fabrication can be delayed, or if construction materials or fixtures are already manufactured, with the
number of Sprouts stores always being remodeled, the materials
or fixtures can be shipped to another Sprouts store that might
need them right away for its remodeling.
"The vast majority of the construction materials and fixtures
is the same equipment," Hagen declares. For example, the stores
all use the same metal shelving. Despite the rate of expansion
and organic growth always increasing, the goal of Sprouts never
changes. "Our goal is always to offer great value and strike the
right balance between quality, flavor and price. But most importantly, your safety is our priority," the company says.

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