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Topic: inventory management

How to Prepare Your Business for the Peak Season

The peak season can be an exciting and rewarding time for business owners, with the promise of a drastic increase in sales. However, it can also be a stressful time that requires a lot of planning ahead, and possibly even some new hires to help manage the influx of customers. In this article, we outline […] ... Read More

  January 29, 2019     

How To Improve Your Business’ Financial Health with Inventory Management

Since inventory is one of the biggest assets for a company, it’s no wonder that it can impact on a company’s financial health. If inventory is poorly managed, there can be a domino effect on the company’s financial statements. For instance, if you have old stock sitting on the shelves, taking up space and not […] ... Read More

  January 26, 2019     

4 Inventory Management Best Practices You Can Implement in Your Warehouse

Keeping on top of inventory, shipments and logistics for a warehouse can be challenging. Now think about doing that for multiple warehouses. Whether you’re managing one warehouse or several, you know it can be a demanding job. There are internal pressures to keep logistics moving swiftly inside the warehouse, to keep staff trained and to [&hellip ... Read More

  January 25, 2019     

Should Your Business Take the Plunge and Upgrade to Cloud-based Inventory?

Inventory stock is one of the most valuable parts of a business. This means that it needs to be looked after properly. When a business grows, your inventory stock will grow. However, not only will your inventory stock be growing, but you’ll need to expand your inventory management system. Otherwise, how will you cope with […] ... Read More

  January 22, 2019     

Are Sunny Skies Ahead For Your Business? Here’s How to Forecast for Peak Season

The peak season is what makes or breaks many businesses, with many relying on big business during certain months to carry them through the rest of the year. A distributor of winter sports equipment, for example, would make most of its sales in the lead up to and during winter, but if it can’t meet […] ... Read More

  January 18, 2019     

Lessons from the Festive Season: Key Factors Affecting Inventory Management During Seasonal Peaks

The holiday season is the most lucrative time of the year for consumer spending and with a trend towards online shopping more pressure than ever is being put on fulfilment centres and distribution hubs to meet consumer demands and expectations. Although different businesses will experience peak demand at different times of the year, many businesses ... Read More

  January 17, 2019     

It’s Time to Make Inventory Management Improvement Your Top Business New Year’s Resolution for 2019

Pat yourself on the back — you’ve made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas! Keep in mind though, there are still January sales to manage and many things can still go wrong for business owners during this period, especially with tracking and inventory management. There’s no time like the present to get your […] ... Read More

  January 16, 2019     

A Useful Guide for Small Businesses to Stress-free Inventory Management During the Holiday Season

With the holiday season representing as much as 20 to 40 percent of annual sales for some retailers, it is vital to minimise the risks of having not enough or having too much inventory stock during the holidays. When items are quickly going in and out of stock and returns are being made in larger […] ... Read More

  January 15, 2019     

Online Inventory Management: When to Move Inventory Control to the Cloud

Spreadsheets have been around for years and admittedly there are still some situations where using spreadsheets can be a good option for an SME’s inventory control. It’s a low-cost choice for businesses with a small number of SKUs and where you have just a couple of people dealing with inventory stock management. If you hold […] ... Read More

  January 5, 2019     

3 Tips for Better Inventory Management During the Holiday Season

Oh the holidays; the most wonderful time of the year – family gatherings and work parties fill the calendar as the countdown begins toward the end of the year. It seems like everyone is buzzing with a holiday spring in their step. But wait, what about the mad dash to sort out holiday gifts for […] ... Read More

  December 29, 2018     

How the Internet of Things is Changing the Way Inventory Management Works

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining momentum with businesses and individuals around the globe. It has the potential to be big – it has the power to transform how we interact as a society and the fundamentals of how businesses run. One of the biggest waves of change we are expecting to see is […] ... Read More

  December 21, 2018     

Optimum Omnichannel Inventory Control

Omnichannel retail is certainly where it is at, however it is not without its own challenges which must be overcome for long-term business success. As with any retail company, inventory represents a large amount of tied up cash, or assets as it were, and if mismanaged, this can be a significant area for loss. Therefore, […] ... Read More

  December 20, 2018     

FSN Analysis – How It Can Be a Useful Tool for Inventory Management

FSN analysis is yet another acronym used in inventory management, however, rather than just being a buzzword, it really does hold a lot of merit to the stock manager. It is one of several useful analyses of inventory that facilitate accurate control and should be considered by anyone wanting to better understand the delicate nature […] ... Read More

  December 19, 2018     

Should Your Business Be Using the Weighted Average Cost Method?

The weighted average cost method is an accounting method that businesses use to value inventory. This method of valuing inventory involves proportional treatment of both the cost of goods sold (COGS) and the inventory item in stock at the time of valuation. This means that both are treated the same when it comes to determining […] ... Read More

  December 14, 2018     

How Can the Internet of Things Help Your Online Inventory Management?

When we talk about how the digital age is reshaping and revolutionising how we do business, we’re often talking about the obvious impact of person-to-person devices like computers and smartphones. But the last few years have seen the rise of the Internet of Things, and it’s a new concept that business owners should be aware […] ... Read More

  December 13, 2018     

Using ABC Analysis to Make Your Inventory Work For You

Whether you’re a manufacturer, a retailer or a trader, it’s important to keep on top of your inventory. Everything in your inventory has value – you’ve invested time and resources and money into each and every item, and you’ve done that because each and every item is worth something to someone else. If you aren’t […] ... Read More

  December 13, 2018     

Inventory Optimisation for Greater Inventory Control

The biggest challenge of inventory control is getting the balance right, to meet the challenge of matching supply volumes to customer demand and with any good enterprise or activity, it usually pays to start with the basics. Inventory optimisation basics There are many different inventory control techniques out there, knowing what to stock and the ... Read More

  December 10, 2018     

What Does IoT Mean for Inventory Management?

The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and it is set to revolutionise many industries including inventory management. However, before we can understand how inventory management will be affected by IoT and how we can optimise this, we must first understand what exactly it is. IoT is essentially a concept where […] ... Read More

  December 6, 2018     

As Easy As ABC: Categorising and Managing Inventory

ABC analysis is an inventory management principle which stands for Always Better Control. It is based on the Pareto principle (20% of a commodity accounts for 80% of the net result) and can be very useful for management of a company’s inventory. In this article, we consider what ABC analysis is exactly and how it […] ... Read More

  December 6, 2018     

Optimise Cashflow With Better Inventory Management

It is imperative to understand that cashflow and profit are two different things. While you evaluate your cashflow you may encounter situations where you have made a profit, but you are lacking in working capital. Low working capital means that your current liabilities exceed your current assets in this case the company may have outstanding [&helli ... Read More

  December 5, 2018     

Optimising Inventory Management for Multichannel Businesses

Managing multichannel inventory requires clear and concise inventory strategies to combat the challenges associated with multi-platform sales. By increasing visibility, working with supply chains, reconciling inventory, connecting systems, and managing safety stock levels, you can improve multichannel inventory management. Offering visibility throu ... Read More

  December 4, 2018     

What Are the Best Ways to Optimise Your Inventory?

Inventory optimisation is changing the way businesses are running their warehouses and managing their inventory stock. It’s allowing them to become more competitive in the market and see advantages on a global scale. Focusing on inventory optimisation allows companies to free up working capital without substantially changing the service levels. I ... Read More

  December 3, 2018