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Inventory – Breadth or Depth?

Friday, January 6th, 2017 Posted in business | No Comments »

With the year coming to an end, I've been taking a look at our turn rates and our inventory.  Some parts of our inventory (clothing, media products) have been somewhat lackluster in terms of their turns. Others are running too ...

Inventory : the Guessing Game

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 Posted in business | No Comments »

Stocking inventory for Starlit is always an interesting guessing game.  Sure, we have past data and industry knowledge of what might sell - certain designers and certain publishers do very well.  In addition of course there's BGG and 'buzz' on ...

Board Game Release Cycle

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 Posted in business | No Comments »

Or perhaps I should say sales / inventory cycle for board games.  This is roughly an idea about the board game release cycle (and other game products not including CCGs cycle for the most part) in terms of our inventory ...

Inventory Management – Top to Bottom

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 Posted in business | No Comments »

Speaking with Claus over e-mail, he had a question in inventory management.  Basically, how do you manage inventory? There are quite a few tools that you can use, and I've covered them in bits, bobs, drabs and other pieces before ...

The lie of the infinite shelf space

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 Posted in business | No Comments »

It's that time of year again, when stock from GenCon & Spiel starts arriving in droves and we end up wondering where we are going to keep all these games till Christmas. Right now, we've got a ton of games ...

Inventory Management

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 Posted in business | No Comments »

Let's talk about one huge area of the business that, if managed poorly could put any game store out of business - Inventory Management. The goal of inventory management is to ensure you have the inventory you need to sell to ...

Running a lean inventory business

Friday, January 6th, 2012 Posted in business | No Comments »

One of the biggest drains on capital and cash in a retail business is inventory.  Now, inventory comes in two parts for us - general gaming stock & accessories and packing materials.  With our gaming stock, we manage it as ...