Q: Why do so many products need to be ordered ahead of time?
A: Manufacturers and pro dealers stock a lower variety of products than they once did. There are various reasons for this—for example, just-in-time manufacturing and inventory management—but the bottom line is that a lot of items can’t just be picked up at the store. The order-to-delivery time can range from a day to a few weeks, depending on the product and the manufacturer. That makes timely selections crucial.