Types of Ecommerce Inventory from Beginning to Ending

Ship Monk

Inventory” is a tricky word because it means different things to different people. If you are an inventory manager, inventory is the number of units you have on hand at any given time. Inventory Types for Manufacturers. Inventory Types for Ecommerce Businesses.

Inventory Management vs. Warehouse Management

The Logistics of Logistics

Inventory Management vs. Warehouse Management. Original article: Inventory Management vs. Warehouse Management. That may be because a company might already have an inventory system and wonders what additional capabilities they will get with a new WMS.


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The role of inventory management and inventory optimization in ERP


Inventory management is important because it provides a buffer to balance out the uncertainties between demand and supply. However, while it can be viewed positively, holding inventory also creates problems. The role of inventory management. Inventory optimization.

Inventory is Everything with Jeff Flowers

The Logistics of Logistics

Jeff Flowers and Joe Lynch discuss why inventory is everything. Key Takeaways: Inventory is Everything. In the podcast interview, Jeff explains the importance of effective inventory management to supply chains. Learn More About Inventory is Everything.

Just In: Inventory Optimization Research

How are organizations performing on inventory optimization? How can new technologies help your team improve? Find out in this new research report.

How to Calculate Beginning Inventory and Why You Should Track It

Ship Monk

There are a lot of accounting terms thrown around when describing eCommerce inventory: merchandise inventory , WIP inventory , ending inventory , and beginning inventory to name just a few. What is Beginning Inventory? however often you’re counting inventory.

How to Calculate Ending Inventory

Ship Monk

Do you know how to calculate ending inventory? This simple calculation tells you the status of your end-of-period inventory. Knowing how to calculate ending inventory and continually monitoring it is critical for growing your business and maintaining profitability.

Merchandise Inventory Tracking and Accounting

Ship Monk

Any company that sells a product carries merchandise inventory with costs that need to be tracked. Since inventory is considered a current asset, its value must be calculated on a regular basis and reported in financial statements at the end of the year. What is Merchandise Inventory?

FIFO Inventory Management vs. Inventory Valuation for eCommerce Businesses

Ship Monk

If you manage inventory, you’re familiar with the term FIFO, an acronym that stands for First In, First Out. FIFO is the most common inventory management method for eCommerce businesses because selling the oldest units before the newer units helps ensure a consistent turnover of inventory.

How Much Inventory Should I Have In My Fulfillment Warehouse?

Amware Logistics and Fulfillment

Inventory management has changed substantially in the last few years. Most fulfillment professionals spent years learning about lean inventory strategies, only to find those methods ineffective when the supply chain turned volatile during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Does Your Inventory Optimization Process Compare to Peers?

The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your inventory optimization process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

Inventory Management in a High Inflation Environment

Logistics Viewpoints

Inflation’s effects on inventory management policies are likely far from top of the mind of Logistics Viewpoints readers in today’s challenging times. However, today’s elevated rate of inflation warrants a closer look at optimal inventory policies. Inventory Costs and Risks.

What is Work in Process Inventory (WIP)?

Ship Monk

Any eCommerce business that manufactures goods has three different types of inventory at any given time: Raw Materials Inventory , Work in Process Inventory , and Finished Goods Inventory. When Does Inventory Become WIP Inventory?

Inventory is a ‘high risk’ for retailers: Morgan Stanley

Supply Chain and Logistics

A study by Morgan Stanley consultants indicates that there is way too much inventory in retail outlets. That means that inventory needs to be liquidated by these firms, and also that they … Continue reading → Logistics Supply Chains inventory ocean shipping transportation trucking warehousingThey believe it’s an overshoot of almost 20%.

9 Barriers to Optimal Inventory and How to Break them Down

Logistics Bureau

Too much inventory in your distribution network? Inventory costs too high? These are all pervasive issues for supply chain operators worldwide—and are classic symptoms of suboptimal inventory performance. Inventory Optimisation: A Clarification.

The 2023 Supply Chain Crystal Ball: Challenges and Solutions

Speaker: Olivia Montgomery, Associate Principal Supply Chain Analyst

Curious to know how your peers are navigating ongoing disruption? In this webinar, you’ll gain actionable insights from Olivia Montgomery as she walks us through Capterra’s extensive research on how businesses - notably small and midsize businesses - are addressing supply chain challenges in 2023.

Beware the Swinging Pendulum on Supply Chain Inventory Practices

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply shortages resulting in empty shelves or parking lots of WIP inventory represent a spectre causing supply chain leaders to reconsider supply chain inventory practices. Opinion of just-in-time (JIT) as a practice has taken a battering and inventory is rising.

Inflation in 2022: Is the Bullwhip Effect to Blame for Retail Inventory Glut

Logistics Viewpoints

I did a little digging to find out the specifics about excess inventory, the stated causes, and the potential implications. Retailers’ Inventories – Just Keep your Returns? Unfortunately, I am unsure about the order of magnitude or the duration of these inventory mismatches.

A Concise Guide to Inventory KPIs for Your Business

Logistics Bureau

As we are often asked about KPIs for inventory management , that’s what we’re going to focus on in this particular post. You will also understand their notable benefits to the inventory management discipline. 10 Invaluable KPIs to Track Inventory Management Performance.

4 Easy Steps to Inventory Improvement

Logistics Bureau

Effective inventory management can be a constant struggle for most organizations. So here is a simple 4 step process to check your inventory health and improve it! A Concise Guide to Inventory KPIs for Your Business. 3 Common Inventory Management ‘Sins’—And How to Avoid Them.

5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

Weighted Average Cost Inventory Valuation: Is it Right for My eCommerce Business?

Ship Monk

One of the most irksome tasks of owning an eCommerce business is keeping track of inventory—not just the number of units, but their costs. Knowing how to calculate the value of your merchandise inventory is a big deal for lots of reasons. So how do you calculate inventory costs?

How to Calculate Inventory Holding Cost or Carrying Cost

Ship Monk

Back then you didn’t need to know about holding costs because Mom and Dad let you store your inventory for free. What is Inventory Holding Cost? Holding cost (or carrying cost) by definition, is the cost of holding inventory in a warehouse until it is sold or removed.

Deborah Dull on Inventory Thinking and How to Improve It

Logistics Bureau

Having published two of the interviews already in the last few weeks, I’ve gone ahead and written up the final one for you, in which Deborah talks about some key things that supply chain professionals get wrong when dealing with inventory. Every single thing you see is inventory.

Warehouse Inventory Management Techniques to Increase Productivity


Warehouse inventory optimization is a concern for every warehouse. In this article, we will discuss the importance and benefits of warehouse inventory management and some techniques to help increase productivity.

Complimentary Gartner Report: Improve S&OP Decision Making with Scenario Planning

Traditionally, planning teams have aimed for one number, one plan. But with uncertainty on the rise, they need to build more flexibility into their process to account for changing business conditions. It’s time to shift gears and embrace variability with different scenarios.

Inventory – the Next Normal

Logistics Business Magazine

A new survey suggests that a single view of inventory is becoming increasingly important in retail logistics. Single view of inventory. 74% of surveyed retailers provide shop assistants with handheld devices that show a consolidated view of inventory across the network. •

Inventory Optimisation: How Much Stock is Right for Your Company?

Logistics Bureau

Among the universal challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed upon the supply chain management profession is the question of inventory, specifically, “how much is enough?”. It wasn’t long ago that businesses were asking, “By how much can I reduce my levels of inventory?”.

Managing inventory with ERP amid disruptions


In today’s business world, the success of a firm depends not only on its sales but also on the ability to manage its supply network and ensure it has the inventory it needs to deliver customer orders. In the past 18 months, many companies have increased their inventory levels.

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Inventory Replenishment Underway

Logistics Trends and Insights

Census Bureau inventory data, for June, indicates the need for inventory replenishment as the seasonal-adjusted sales to inventory ratio declined to 1.37 Total business inventories declined 2.3% for June/May while inventories declined 5.8% Inventory Replenishment.

How to Tackle Today's Most Complex Inventory Challenges

Speaker: Andrew Kurpiel - AmerCareRoyal | Bill Benton - GAINS | Paul Benhamou - Benco Dental

Join three supply chain experts as they share their best practices and effective strategies for facing today’s most complex inventory challenges.

Re-imagining inventory management for a new normal


Inventory management was moving towards a just-in-time approach until the supply disruptions of the last year. Why inventory management is important. Active inventory management is a major contributor to manufacturing success. Inventory in the supply chain process.

Leveraging the power of ERP to optimize inventory management


Manufacturers and distributors can optimize their inventory management using some of the latest emerging technologies, including machine learning, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. Where to start with inventory management? .

Better Inventory Management Requires International Suppliers To Step Up to Digital Transformation and Collaboration

Logistics Viewpoints

While consumers may see some short-term benefit in the form of discounted goods, many retailers have had to reset investor expectations , reflecting the expected hit on margins from carrying so much inventory. Inventory management is challenging enough in normal times.

Inventory Management’s Crucial Role in the Supply Chain


What is Inventory Management and Why is it Important? Inventory management refers to the process of ordering, storing and using a company’s goods or materials. Ineffective management can result in excess inventory which runs the risk […].

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

It’s Just Inventory, Right?

3PL Insights

Why is there such a focus on inventory these days? One of those areas includes inventory management. Shortages, backlogs, labor, and operational challenges have increased inventory issues—either too much material or too little can send your business into a frenzy.

What is a SKU? 3PL Advice for eCommerce Inventory Management

Ship Monk

SKUs are vital to inventory management and the success of any business—as pivotal to operations as a binding agent is to a meatball (i.e. A SKU is a code (typically 8 – 12 alphanumeric digits long) assigned to the items in your inventory. Don’t Get SKU’d on Inventory Management.

Why Is Promotion Planning Important In Inventory Management?

Logistics Viewpoints

Why should we consider Promotion Planning in Inventory Management? Whether it be e-commerce, brick-and-mortar, or both, retail companies care about the inventory they keep. Therefore intelligent inventory management benefits the business results as well as the brand image. .

What is inventory management?


Usually, companies do cycle counts to check inventory balances at the end of either each financial year or calendar year. However, what does the term “inventory management” really mean? What does inventory management mean? Types of inventory checks.

Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.