The following case study is excerpted from Driving Growth and Shareholder Value: The Distribution Value Map" published by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.
A large, U.S.-based electrical components distributor (ECD) had to keep track of the pricing on 550,000 materials from 5,000 vendors. Some of the pricing was maintained at a national level and some at a plant level. Since the company's suppliers dictated their own list prices, change requests occurred in a volume that was staggering: roughly 20,000 per day.
Typically, a vendor sent a full price change annually and smaller updates quarterly or monthly. With volatility in some of the commodity markets, prices often changed weekly.