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Retailers: Get Your Stock Under Control

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In the retail industry, whether you choose the digital side of the business or the physical shop, keeping a clean stock is key to work towards high profits. After all, there is no denying that business will get tricky when you have no notion how much of your stock is left or when the warehouse isn’t providing the safety that your stock needs. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that customer services, effective marketing, and exciting products don’t play a role. They do, and without them, there can be no business. But keeping your stock under control is your main responsibility as a retail business owner.

Without stock, you cannot expect to generate any revenue. Without stock, there can be no sell. So how do you make the most of your warehouse and its precious content? Here are a few tips to help you improve your retail business safely and rapidly.

Keep track of it

Keeping tracking of your stock is a difficult task that has several implications. For a start, this means that you should also run a stock check – monthly or fortnightly depending on your capacities – to ensure that your stock doesn’t disappear mysteriously. A stock check will rapidly highlight the missing stock and help you keep an eye on suspicious activities in your warehouse. Additionally, your stock can get missing because you fail to keep track of its movement. You need to provide your staff with scanners to mark stock coming in and out in real time. Do make sure to keep an eye on the performance of your hand scanners and to proceed to any mobile computer repair as soon as it is necessary. Without effective stock scanning, you can’t know what is currently available in the warehouse.

Protect your stock

We’ve mentioned theft as a potential risk for stock. But there’s more going on in your warehouse! Indeed, warehouses can also be damaged by fire or flood, for example, which can put your stock at risk. Losing your stock means that you are losing your profit. It’s not just a matter of not selling; it’s a matter of facing costs related to the normal day-to-day business management that you can’t cover anymore. As a result, warehouse owners need to protect their warehouse with a legal liability coverage. This will protect your business in the case of damage caused to the warehouse impacts the quality of the stock.

Expand your stock safely

Finally, the retail industry is about selling the right product at the right time. As a result, expanding your stock is only a natural consequence. How do you expand safely? You need to develop your trend spotting strategy. In other words, if you notice a product that is currently attracting high purchase on the market, you should try to stock it now. DOn’t delay stocking trendy products, as they may not attract any buyers once the season is over. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to test a new market, such as keeping an eye open for unusual products when you are on holiday abroad. You never know where your next buzzing product might hide!

Stock management requires a lot of attention to your storage warehouse, its safety, and its content. It’s the rule number one of successful retailers. The rule number two is a problem for another day, namely, how to create an effective and cost-saving logistic strategy. 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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