Our inventory coverage addresses supply chain challenges, obsolete and slow-moving merchandise, forecasting, out-of-stock strategies, direct-to-consumer selling, supplier challenges, and more.

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    Trials and tribulations of inventory management

    January 15, 2014 •

    Holding inventory can be an advantage and a disadvantage. It can be both a competitive edge and an incredible headache. Some retailers choose to only drop ship and others sell ...

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    7 Tips for Good Supplier Relationships

    September 11, 2013 •

    Good supplier relationships may lead to favorable prices, generous terms, improved availability, and even the occasional buyback. With these sorts of opportunities at stake, it can be very important for ...

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    4 Tips for Finding your Ecommerce Niche

    July 5, 2013 •

    Finding your ecommerce niche is an exercise in discovering passions, solving problems, networking, and testing for supply, sales, and competition viability. But once discovered, marketing and selling products to a niche can lead to online retail success. Nearly anything can be sold onl...

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    Reducing Excess Inventory to Free-up Capital

    February 20, 2013 •

    Reducing excess inventory, even at a loss, can free-up capital and help a small online retailer grow. Slow selling products sitting in a warehouse — or, for very small retailers, a garage — tie up cash and may make it hard to invest in marketing, new product lines, or site improvements...

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    3 Tips for Making Better Product Decisions

    August 16, 2012 •

    Purchasing inventory wisely is an important part of any online retail business, since buying too little of a product might leave virtual shelves bare just when shoppers want something and buying too much can diminish capital and restrict cash flow. Often the secret to making better pur...

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    Inventory Rules Are Changing, Says CEO

    May 9, 2012 •

    Drop shipping is the process of selling an item that is then shipped by a manufacturer or wholesaler. Many ecommerce merchants utilize drop shipping, at least in part, to reduce inventory costs and to expand their product offerings. But drop shipping can be complicated. We addressed s...

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    3 Tips for Deciding What to Sell Online

    April 17, 2012 •

    What a merchant sells online has a significant effect on that merchant’s success, including profitability and longevity. New ecommerce entrepreneurs should choose products wisely. According to estimates from Forrester, the research firm, U.S. online retail sales should reach about $278...

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    10 Ways to Save Money on Inventory

    April 26, 2011 •

    Online retailers purchase and manage inventory. The prices they pay for the inventory, the quantities they carry, and the inventory commitments they make can drastically affect their profits. We recently asked three seasoned ecommerce merchants for money saving inventory tips. The merc...

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    Ecommerce Know-How: Improve Cash Flow by Delaying Suppliers

    May 21, 2009 •

    Cash flow can be the strongest indicator of an ecommerce business's success or failure, and properly managing your accounts payable and receivable can be the difference between success or insolvency. Years ago, I read an article that described cash flow as the difference in time betwee...

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    Ecommerce Know-How: Alternative Sources to Acquire Inventory

    March 18, 2009 •

    While many ecommerce businesses trade only in new merchandise, there is a booming market for used, refurbished, and surplus items. Savvy ecommerce merchants can identify niche markets and use public auctions, websites, and classified ads to source valuable inventory for resale. In thi...