For the distribution of essential commodities, the Corporation in the year 1980-81 set-up 28 wholesale Godowns at different places in the State. However, with a view to facilitate the sub-wholesalers and the fair price shops to procure essential commodities from nearest possible point, the number of these wholesale Godowns has now gone up-to 116. On an average, each Wholesale Godown is feeding about 38 fair price shops. Generally each Godown is manned by two Clerks/Junior Assistants. However, in smaller Godowns one Clerk/Junior Assistant and one Public Distribution Helper have been posted. At some places, where sub-wholesalers are not working, system of door delivery of essential commodities to the fair price shops has been introduced by the Corporation which has been appreciated by them as they are saved from the trouble of collecting the goods from wholesale Godowns.
Although, the main function of the Corporation is to act as a Wholesale agency, yet at places where other institutions like Co-operatives and Panchayats do not come forward or are unable to undertake the work of retailers effectively, the Corporation has been asked to set-up its retail shops. Each such shop is manned by a Public Distribution Clerk and / or a Public Distribution Helper depending upon the volume of Sales. The total number of fair price shops being run by the Corporation is 86.
Advance supplies of essential commodities as per allocation / demand of the State Govt. are arranged by the Corporation for a period ranging from 3 to 8 months for far-flung and snow bound areas such as Pangi, Lahaul&Spiti,Dodra-Kawar, Kinnaur, upper reaches of Shimla &Mandi Districts and Bharmour.