Re: Stock Control
Just too much JIT low stock, replenish supply as needed cult
Flawed logic that they can cut overheads by carrying very little stock & topping up as needed falls apart if a slight surge in sales as, due to lag in getting physical product into the store, the tiny amount of "spare" stock in store is rapidly exhausted.
It''s not just tsunamis that screw up JIT systems (http://businesstheory.com/reducing-risk-automotive-supply-chain-2/) JIT methods that revolve around keeping low stock levels are poorly suited for products where demand varies unpredictably and variation can be considerably more than stock level
Some of it is deliberate though, e.g. product on special cheap offer, store makes no effort to get in lots of stock, instead empty shelves with the big offer sign & irritated punters not able to get the advertised bargain but store hopes they will buy other stuff.