Inventory Control Market Intelligence

*This report was last updated in Q4 2018. Please click on request customization if you are looking for an updated version of this report

Report Coverage

  • Inventory count and control technique adopted by the top apparel retailers
  • Inventory Count Technology: Trends
  • Supplier Landscape

Table of contents

  1. Inventory Control - Executive Summary
  1. Inventory Control - Inventory Management
  1. Inventory Control - Inventory Counting
  1. Inventory Control - Engagement Practices
  1. Inventory Control - Supplier Analysis

Want a more detailed personalised report?

Global Market Outlook on Inventory Control

Inventory management is predominantly executed through a technology platform with data inputs from various sources including store counting. In addition to stock replenishment, objectives such as loss prevention, increased visibility and monitoring real-time sales trend have become vital for apparel retailers.

Inventory Management System: Item Level

Store Returns/ Transfers

  • Data pertaining to products returned. Returned goods could also be defective, hence they are sorted accordingly

Loss Prevention Analytics

  • In addition to stock replenishment at stores, inventory management proves to be a vital visibility tool aiding in prevention of losses

POS Data (Perpetual Count)

  • Perpetual inventory data is generated through data from POS systems
  • The inventory ledger is updated after every transaction at the store

Warehouse Stock Levels

  • Warehouse stock levels are updated based on the goods arriving from suppliers and manufacturing plants
  • It is generally coordinated with data from 3PL or the retailer, who manages the warehouse

Store Inventory Counting

  • At store level, items are either counted by a full-service inventory count service provider or by the retailer themselves
  • Cycle counting and annual counting are different methods involved in inventory counting

Inventory Counting: Techniques

Best-in-class retailers prefer to adopt perpetual counting in addition to cycle counting to gain better visibility on supply chain, which facilitates less shrinkage losses and out-of-stock time. Perpetual inventory technique also helps in building analytics to perform
demand–supply models, which majorly supports assortment decisions.

Periodic Counting

Cycle Counting


  • Physical count of inventory conducted as quarterly, half yearly, and annually across stores in cycles


  • Store & Warehouse: Handheld barcode/ RFID scanners


  • No need of store closure
  • Reduced errors
  • Ongoing inventory shrinkage performance

Snapshot Counting


  • Inventory count taken at all the stores simultaneously during the end of financial year, usually Jan/Apr-Jun


  •  Store & Warehouse: Handheld barcode/ RFID scanners


  • Greater attention across the management
  • Requires operational shutdown

Perpetual Counting

POS Counting


  • Physical count is determined continuously at the store, based on sales data and warehouse data
  • Count data is linked to the ERP system for assortment decisions


  • Store: POS System - Barcode/RFID enabled
  • Warehouse: WMS


  • No shutdown required
  • Prevent shrinkage Losses
  • Increased supply chain visibility
  • Quicker product demand–supply forecast


Complimentary 12-month access to Beroe LiVE

Any more questions?

Get in touch with us quickly and easily.

By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. Please read our Cookie Policy for more information.

Accept and Close