How to rescission proof your business-Inventory Management

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Tips to recession-proof your business

Are we in a recession? According to a recent  Forbes article, our most significant economic minds can’t agree. 

However, most Retailers would say we are and need to recession-proof our business. So how do we recession-proof the retail business? The best solution is to improve our inventory management!  After all, inventory is a retailer’s most significant asset and expense.

Inventory Management 

Retail inventory management aims to ensure stores always have the right products in stock to meet customer demand while minimizing inventory costs and reducing the risk of overstocking or understocking. Inventory management involves various activities, including assortment planningOTBItem Planningstock replenishment, and sales forecasting.

Macy’s had success with inventory management in 2022. They adjusted their assortment by omnichannel and reviewed the timing of their receipts. This change in their planning process resulted in a significant reduction over 2021; more importantly, it reduced the typical department store buying mentality.    

Reserve Open to Buy

Another technique used in retail inventory management includes holding back some Open to buy (OTB )dollars based on sales forecasts and markdown optimization. This holdback helps retailers identify changing trends in customer behavior and preferences and then quickly adjust their inventory levels accordingly. For example, Kohl’s department is learning from its mistakes of 2022 and making changes to its markdown and OTB strategies.

Effective retail inventory management requires data analysis, current technology, and human expertise. By leveraging these tools, techniques, and resources, retailers can achieve greater efficiency, accuracy, and profitability in their inventory management processes.

Melanie Tomaselli
Melanie TomaselliVP Customer Success
With over 20 years of experience in the retail technology industry as a Director of Consulting and Project Manager with both JDA Arthur and Oracle Retek, Melanie has held various positions in leadership. Her experience has been invaluable in application implementations, user training, project planning, methodology development, consulting, and managing the central US services team. Melanie has been part of the daVinci team from the beginning, guiding the business analysis and assisting in the design of daVinci’s signature product, Assortment Planning.

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