Re: Stock Control
It's tricky. There is an office supplies/stationary retailer in Krautistan called McPaper (oh, how brilliant marketing guys can get). They expanded quite successfully in the mid 1990ies. In the late 1990ies they almost went bellyup because of their new stock control system. The idea was to use the data from the computerized checkout to keep a 'live' inventory and automatically re-order items from the depot when the number of any item in the shop dropped below a defined limit. Not a bad idea. But the way they implemented it, or rather the logistics bit of it, wasn't exactly brilliant. They literally ended up with dispatching a lorry to haul one 10 pack of sellotape to one store (but nothing else) and stuff like that.