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Managing and Preventing Obsolete Inventory

Learn to identify the old inventory and create an action plan to get rid of it.

Obsolete inventories are a dangerous thing for most businesses, especially retail businesses, because they tie up capital unnecessarily, and create a bad impression for customers when they see the same old thing, day after day. And while every business that maintains inventory will always have some degree of obsolete inventory, learning how to identify, remove, and mitigate future obsolete inventories is of paramount importance. By establishing the parameters by which you can measure what the obsolete inventory is, you can easily identify it, take action to get rid of it, and then analyze the causes of the obsolete inventory, so that it does not continue to consume capital, space, and time.

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Agenda

Why Is Obsolete Inventory a Problem?

  • Ties up Cash
  • Affects Your Marketing
  • Affects Your Staff

How Do You Determine Old Inventory?

  • Validate the Counts
  • Review Based Upon Number of Days in Inventory
  • Review Based Upon Number of Markdowns/Price Reductions

Steps to Take to Get Rid of Obsolete Inventory

  • Vendor Negotiation/Return
  • SPIF to the Staff
  • First Markdown - 25%
  • Subsequent Markdowns
  • Donation

Lessons to Learn

  • Types of Markdowns (Buying/Selling)
  • What Was the Cause of the Markdown?
  • Do We Have a Proper Buying Plan to Prevent Future Markdowns?
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This course was last revised on November 30, 2021.

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  • ISM 1.0
     
  • Participants who successfully complete this program will receive 1.0 hours of continuing education. They may be applied toward ISM CPSM, CPSD or C.P.M. recertification. ISM's consent to approve hours for this educational event is not an endorsement of this program or its content by ISM.
     

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Dan Jablons

Dan Jablons

Retail Smart Guys

  • Award winning merchandise planner and retail consultant for 15 years in a row
  • Piloted some of the industry’s earliest vendor managed inventory programs
  • Keynote speaker at many trade shows, including MAGIC, Surf Expo, and Global Pet Expedition
  • Has worked with retailers, large and small, nationally, and internationally
  • Was amongst the first to work with independent retailers to add technology to their stores to improve their bottom line
  • In addition to his retail knowledge, he has also been an actor on TV, you know him as Larry David’s lawyer on Curb Your Enthusiasm
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Product ID: 409193
Published 2021
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