ABC.com is an online shopping website that was considered to be among the first online shopping sites. It was established in 1990 and since then it consistently gained the highest rank among the best internet retail sites. This led the company to be regarded as the model for universal internet retail for success. ABC continuously gained customer base which brought an outcome of more than 22 million website users that had registered by the year 200. This study discusses the inventory management strategy used by ABC and its benefits (Spring,2016).
During the 2001 vacation, ABC decided to change the way of doing things, and one of this was to improve management techniques of its inventory. ABC took a new improved position by using this changes because of various reasons. First, it allowed an increased room for receiving the stock; this helped to avoid a lot of possible errors that are expected by the management personnel. (Stock and Lambert, 2001). They avoided the staff that worked in an office within the warehouse where there was a lot of congestion hence eliminating issues such as time loss, revenue, and reliability. The products that were in the store that did not contain labels were all labeled, and this made the process easy for the workers to quickly pick the right item. Secondly, identification of the top sells; the company took the initiative of identifying and placing to the shipping area top sells volume item to make sure that they were readily available. Thirdly, circle account utilization; the company decided not to wait for a periodical audit.
Consequently, inventory management strategies played a substantial role in improving the efficiency of ABC’s business practices in various ways including, choosing a better management inventory platform. ABC being an online shopping company; it decided to pick the best platform that will provide the best solutions for its business. This platform incorporates accounting, e-commerce, and sale of point systems. Inventory optimization was another vital strategy that was used by ABC (Helo and Szekely, 2005). It ensured that only the necessary and the right amount of stock was stored at the right time and place.
Up to date analytics. The company strategized on how to get the real-time data which will help in accurate product and forecasting of sales into its fingertips. These enabled it to see the clear picture inventory and make finer detailed adjustments. Improvement of the supply and demand. in restocking system, the company found this essential as it increased the supply chain and the restocking equation. If asked, vendors offer solutions to your certain tasks, this imply that the supply performance should be in time.
Use of mobile phone technology. This helped the company to widen the market, as it is user-friendly. It also aids in the decrease of human error and minimization of mistakes.
ABC is keen on the improvement of its inventory management because of various reasons such as focus to attain and maintain a well-organized warehouse. With a properly managed inventory system, there is less working time making the employees happy. Secondly, it saves time and money. These are exhibited when there are proper records of the stock and the expected production quantity. It ensures maximum productivity and efficiency (Muller, 2011). A good inventory system also will keep your customer locked in. These were the most important factors that led to the increased number of registered customers to over 22milion. Hence, it is wise for ABC to make a step ahead of the decision laying strategies to improve inventory management.
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