We have many items delivered regularly -so as to schedule deliveries for both storage and cashflow - we request when items are required. As I said the Supplier has a Deferred Ordering System so shops like us do not have to hold all ordered items until required by customer. The items we are talking about do take some 5/6 months to order. If they operate a deferred ordering system and supply an estimated delivery date -then deliver some 3 months early is this correct?
We telephoned the supplier - they told us that this item was being discontinued and this was their policy - which we had never been made aware of.
It was stored by us until the customer required it - it has now left the shop