Our business is working to change a longstanding practice of publishing fixed Buy Prices on a Quarterly basis. One of the impacts of this standard is that at the end of each quarter we get flooded with product/units that create expensive Labor peaks.

We’re considering two basic solutions and have internal debates on the Probability of success in either.

A) We break the group of 400+ sellers into 3 x unique “buckets” each with its own defined Quarterly end point using historical data to try and manually re-balance the group into 3 equal parts

B) We allow each individual seller the opportunity to create their own 90x day period at will (the periods can last anywhere from 1-90 days based on when they deliver)

The sell period begins on January 1st; so either option will present some logistical challenges in the first few months. The internal debate has been whether option 2 will “naturally” spread itself out over time and about how long that may take..as opposed to a more controlled schedule as Option A presents?

The amount of annual units is in the 1.5 million range...and we have a labor staff of 50+ working to process those units...

The goal is to smooth out the inflow...

Any statistical insights are welcomed…