Month: April 2010

Retail Returns Spell Disaster For Investors

Sobering article by Will Ashworth on the financial side of retail customer returns. He says that, “According to the National Retail Federation, customers returned merchandise valued at $185.5 billion in 2009, approximately 8% of total sales.” Given that most returned product cannot be resold in the store, it often ends up in liquidation. The fact …

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Furniture retailers should replace 35% of merchandise

I just read this article and was shocked (in a ‘wow, how could they let this happen’-way) by the analyst’s assertion that furniture retailers need to replace 35% of the inventory on their showroom floors to ‘freshen up’ the assortment. Companies need to get out in front of this sort of issue rather than react …

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eBay Radio interview

For buyers of excess inventory who are interested in hearing more about how B-Stock Solutions can help you, listen to my recent interview on eBay Radio. Contact us so we can let you know when we have new buying opportunities that might be interesting for you. It’s free to sign up!

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Major inventory issues at Palm

John Paczkowski at Daily Digital on Palm’s scary inventory situation. Such a shame to see this. I would love the chance to help them work through it. “Big Problem for Palm: Growing Unsold Inventory” | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD

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Carrying cost on excess inventory increases need for efficient disposition

I read a very good article on inventory management today called Aggregate Inventory Management. It was written by George Miller of PROACTION. I particularly liked his comprehensive description of “Carrying Cost” of inventory. Although we generally focus on, and pitch, the fact that we can help increase recovery rates, we really need to incorporate some …

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Why liquidation of excess inventory is worth worrying about

I gave a talk in February at the Reverse Logistics Conference in Las Vegas about liquidation and why, for most companies, it is still being managed the same way it was decades ago. The main point I made was that companies don’t understand why they should allocate resources to improving this process. There are a …

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