SS store: there's a store near me that sells an item that I love. Except they seem to have some issues keeping it in stock. I don't know if it's simply that they don't order enough and people buy it out (it's a popular item) - or if they have it in the back and stockers don't keep up with refilling it on the shelf, or if the warehouse doesn't send them enough in a regular, timely manner... but every now and then they go for weeks without having any on the shelf when I go to do my weekly grocery shopping.
I'm not sure what the item is. But here's the problems our store has with keeping things in stock:
- We have warehouse shelves in the store room (plus a dairy room and a frozen food room). They're packed to the gills, but only with a couple boxes of each product. There isn't enough space to keep a full supply of every produt.
- Some products (like Nabisco cookies) are vendor products. Our store doesn't keep vendor products in the store room. If we run out of Nabisco cookies, well, we're out until the Nabisco rep comes back next week to stock his shelf.
- Our products go through some sort of weird inventory system. A truck will dump off, say, a couple cases of candles with us. But until the candles are scanned into inventory, it gets listed as "not in stock" on the store computers.
- Stockers don't have a say in what needs to be put out. Trust me, they're not going "Yeah, I don't feel like putting out more laundry detergent today."