Welcome to the private equity world......don’t pay people and never have inventory on the books.
Or welcome to the pretty much anything world....
I've seen probably 1000 threads here over the years where guys openly crap on middle men like the "big box" stores, they refuse to buy there because some college kid had the gall to not know about some tour issue club or model coming out 2 years from now. Online sellers have also made a big dent
Nobody wants to carry inventory. OEMs don't because it's a liability, Big box distributors want to cut back because their business is being attacked by online vendors and discounting policies. Not to mention there's just less of them now due to bankruptcies
But the consumer won't pay more for the convenience of inventory. They just don't realize that they are making that decision.
This is what happens when you put distributors out of business, because OEMs won't stock and even if they want to they can't forecast properly.
This is a side effect in many markets. Buy online and take a chance it's what you want....or wait a long time for your order. It's the same thing at places like Home Depot or Best Buy now. They barely keep anything in stores
If only these distributors could do a little more, like installing grips, shafts, lie and loft .... that would be something different.
Instead of just having std stock and unprepared employees.
As a manufacturer why having a store just mak8ng money for doing nothing? I prefer having my own channel.
Even sometimes damaging your brand for not correctly knowing how to handle or recommend your product. For too long these malpractices generated money, things are changing.
Know if you have a store like club champion as example, it’s a different story. They do work
Golftown does all of those things and they had to close several stores last year and nearly went bankrupt
The golftown near me is fantastic. They do fittings, club work, etc