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Vend retail guide

Inventory Management Guide:
Set up the best system for your store.

Proven tips for maintaining inventory accuracy and reducing shrink.

Everything you need to know about managing retail inventory.

Setting up products

The more information you have in your system and the easier it will be to track what’s going on in your store.

Establishing a system

Get the right people and processes in place so you can stay on top of everything!

Creating a flowchart

Documenting your procedures enables you get a better handle on how inventory flows in your store.

Using automation

Go through your inventory process and find tasks to automate to save time and reduce errors.

Reducing shrinkage

Find out which of issues are causing shrink in your business and take the steps to prevent them.

Forecasting demand

Effective demand forecasting can help retailers fulfill the needs of customers and stay ahead of the competition.

Learn from two of the world’s top retail inventory experts.

Francesca Nicasio

Retail Expert and B2B Content Strategist

Francesca Nicasio is a retail expert and author of the Vend eBook, Retail Survival of the Fittest: 7 ways to future-proof your retail store. She is dedicated to writing about trends and tips that help retailers increase sales and serve customers better.

“In this guide you’ll find tips, how-tos, and examples to help you win at inventory management. From picking the right solution and entering your products, to tracking stock levels and automating parts of the process, this guide has you covered.”

Jordan Lewis

Product Manager — Inventory

Jordan Lewis is Vend’s Product Manager for Inventory. He’s a specialist in stock control and management, and he works closely with retailers to help them prevent loss, streamline inventory and supply processes, and optimize methodologies.

“Inventory management relies on three things: people, processes, and technology. While software can give you the tools to store product information and track stock levels, it’s how you use these tools that will ultimately determine your inventory management success.”

Over 20,000 retailers worldwide trust Vend with their inventory management.

Podarok uses Vend POS software

We only order what we need and know that will sell. This saves us a lot of time, and therefore, money. Vend was a no-brainer really.

Andrey Pronin, Podarok

Sitka uses Vend POS software

Finding support and the right POS system have been instrumental to our current successes. We love Vend and customers love it too!

Michelle Wales, Conscious Vibes

Frequently asked questions.

What is this guide all about?

Vend’s Retail Inventory Management Guide is a detailed resource on all things inventory. In it, you’ll find tips and examples to help you win at inventory management. From picking the right solution and entering your products, to tracking stock levels and automating the process, this guide has you covered.

Who is it for?

This resource is ideal for inventory–based retailers looking to improve how they handle stock in their stores.

Whether you’re choosing your inventory software for the first time, or you already have a system in place, you’re bound to pick up something useful from this guide.

Why should I download it?

Inventory is a critical component of any retail business. And with retail being even more competitive than ever, you can’t afford to make blunders such as increasing shrinkage or ordering too much (or not enough) merchandise.

Vend’s Retail Inventory Management guide will teach you how to avoid such mistakes. It will also offer concrete steps on improving stock management in your company.

You’ll hear from other retailers who have optimized their inventory management system, and you’ll see the positive effects it has had on their businesses.

What makes this different from other whitepapers?

Vend’s guide focuses on three important inventory management topics: how to set up an inventory solution, how to manage it, and how to optimize the system. Other whitepapers tend to focus on just one of these topics.

Additionally, this guide is highly actionable. It includes how–to tips, case studies, and we’ve even added an inventory flow chart and stock count template that you can use in your operations.