CIMS Weekly Chart: Week Ending 3/31/17



CIMS Weekly Chart

Week Ending 3/31/2017

With the rebirth of vinyl, you would assume at this point that suppliers and manufacturers would understand that record packaging is fragile, and at the current price points the consumer demands perfection — no bent corners, no split spines, nothing to mar the appearance of a record that costs between $20 and $40 for a single disc.

Many of the suppliers have gotten much better at shipping to the stores by using good boxes and taking some care packing the vinyl. But where we almost always see the issues are in wholesale shipping. Sometimes to save money, box lots of records are shipped in single-layer cardboard boxes. They always arrive crushed. Sometimes partial boxes are shipped on a pallet with other half-empty boxes. They also always arrive crushed.

At ThinkIndie, we see this happening every day and are continually filing claims for damaged product, and most of the time it isn’t the freight companies' fault, it is carelessness on the part of the manufacturers or wholesalers. I hear continually how hard it is to make a profit on vinyl — everybody might want to start with the basics and make sure your shipping department knows that these goods are not laundry detergent or kitty litter. They need a little care.


Michael Bunnell
Executive Director
Coalition of Independent Music Stores
ThinkIndie Distribution
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
208.761.3155 cell
208.343.0107 x3 office
208.322.8051 fax