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Inventory & Stock Control - Part 3: How Volo Customers Got Great at Inventory & Stock Control

When you always have accurate stock levels and stock information, you increase your efficiency. In our previous post, Volo helps companies reduce costs through streamlined inventory processes and reliable supplier feeds. In this post, Volo customers who have benefitted from a focus on inventory & stock control provide some commentary on why it’s important.

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Inventory & Stock Control - Part 2: Getting Great at Inventory and Stock Control

In our last post we explored the challenges of inventory and stock control and the role it plays in your overall efficiency. Our role at Volo is to provide you with the systems and advice you need to increase your effectiveness in this important area. Over the years, together with our customers we’ve accumulated a range of best practices on the subject, covering listing, data, stock levels and pricing. It’s very hard to address any of these areas if you don’t have the right information on which you base your decisions. This post outlines the Volo approach to getting visibility into your stock movements.

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Inventory and Stock Control - Part 1: Working on Inventory & Stock Control in ecommerce

What are the weapons at your disposal to increase your revenues? Assuming you have the best possible ecommerce listings, prices and shipping terms for your items, you could increase the breadth of inventory on offer. You can do this by buying more inventory or using the inventory of a drop-shipper to increase your range. You could also make the inventory you have, virtual or otherwise, available in more places. It’s the same when talking about stock control. The difference is that it’s being offered by more marketplaces and being seen by more potential buyers.

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Inventory Breadth - Part 3: How Volo Customers Got Great at Inventory Breadth

When you get great at inventory breadth, you can grow your revenues more effectively. Volo helps companies grow their sales and average order values. We do this through intelligent supplier sourcing and automating inventory management processes. We've previously spoken about how to get great at inventory breadth. In this post, some of our customers touch on the benefits of getting great inventory breadth.

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How to prepare your retail business for Christmas 2015

by Rosy Barraclough, Netmatter

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Inventory Breadth - Part 2: How to get great at Inventory Breadth

Volo has been providing technology and expertise in multi channel ecommerce for 9 years now. Over time we’ve accumulated a lot of software functionality and industry best practice in all the key areas, including inventory breadth. When it comes to sourcing, we advise you to deliberately set regular time aside to source new suppliers. When you’re running an ecommerce business, it’s easy to get sucked into the daily operations. Devoting time to find good, innovative products at great prices is crucial for sales growth and profitability.

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Inventory Breadth - Part 1: Working on Inventory Breadth for Ecommerce Growth

Being able to increase your inventory breadth successfully means being able to command a breadth of different skills, both quality- and quantity-related.

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Channel Coverage - Part 3: How Volo Customers Became Great at Channel Coverage

When your channel coverage is great, you can build your ecommerce business quickly and spread your risk across the different places where you sell. Volo's multichannel ecommerce software helps companies grow their sales sustainably through leveraging the right ecommerce channels and maximising stock availability.

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Channel Coverage - Part 2: Getting Great at Channel Coverage in ecommerce

In our most recent post we talked about the challenges of getting your ecommerce channel coverage right. For many Volo customers, the addition of a second channel proves too much for the company to rely on the mainly manual processes that have served them well so far. The opportunities of selling stock on a second channel far outweigh the costs of enlisting some outside expertise in the form of technology and know-how. Companies find that trying to save money by taking a DIY approach means they can’t grow their sales and profits as quickly and steadily as they would like.

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Channel Coverage - Part 1: Working on Channel Coverage for Ecommerce Growth

What preoccupies you the most in your ecommerce business? On a day-to-day basis the two things at the top of your list might be getting the orders out and keeping your customers happy. Or maybe it’s a case of getting the orders in and keeping your suppliers happy! But when you get a chance to step back from the business for a few moments, perhaps you start to think about your business as a whole, what you want to do with it next quarter and where you want to be with it this time next year. Is it time to start thinking about channel coverage.

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