This excerpt taken from the BBBY 10-K filed May 12, 2005.
BBB maintains its own central buying group. The merchandise mix for each BBB store is initially selected by the central buying group, in consultation with store managers and other local store personnel. The central buying group is generally responsible for the procurement of merchandise, including: selecting the merchandise, ordering the initial inventory required upon the opening of each BBB store, ordering the first shipment of any new product line that may be subsequently added to a stores merchandise mix and ordering seasonal merchandise.
After a BBB store is opened, local store personnel are primarily responsible for monitoring inventory levels and reordering merchandise as required. In addition, local store personnel are encouraged to monitor local sales trends and market conditions and tailor the merchandise mix as appropriate to respond to changing trends and conditions. The Company believes that its policy of having the reordering function for BBB stores performed at the local store level, rather than centrally, and having local store personnel determine the appropriate quantity to reorder, encourages entrepreneurship at the store level. In addition, this better ensures that in-stock availability will be maintained in accordance with the specific requirements of each store. The factors taken into account in selecting the merchandise mix for a particular BBB store include store size and configuration and local market conditions such as climate and demographics.
The Company purchases its merchandise from approximately 3,700 suppliers. In fiscal 2004, the Companys largest supplier accounted for approximately 4% of the Companys merchandise purchases and the Companys 10 largest suppliers accounted for approximately 21% of such purchases. The Company purchases substantially all of its merchandise in the United States, the majority from domestic sources and the balance from importers. The Company purchases a small amount of its merchandise directly from overseas sources. The Company has no long-term contracts for the purchase of merchandise. The Company believes that most merchandise, other than brand name goods, is available from a variety of sources and that most brand name goods can be replaced with comparable merchandise.