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Outsmart overstock

Don’t get stuck with the excess

US retailers are holding $732 billion in unsold inventory

What’s in your warehouse?

You know what causes it

Changes in demand Fear of stockouts/ no variety Seasonal fluctuations
Shifts in consumer tastes or income are hard to predict. In fact, 42% of businesses fail due to a lack of market demand for products they’re selling. Companies place larger orders than necessary as a “just-in-case” strategy or to offer more variety. This leads to excess stock in the long run.   In July of 2022, retailers were storing $548.8 billion in extra inventory from the previous holiday season—only to sell it at a discount later on.

And how to unload it

Discounts and promotions Destroying inventory Saving stock to sell later
It’s estimated that retailers lose $300 billion globally from inefficient markdown processes. Not surprising since 40% of apparel items are currently being sold at a discount. Retailers and consumers throw out around $500 billion in garments each year, with many industry leaders disposing of or burning unsold stock. Not the best idea since inventory generally depreciates in value over time. Plus the warehousing costs—companies globally are shelling out almost $3.3 billion every year.

The unfortunate truth

Major retailers have accepted overstock losses as par for the course

Company money is always tied up in product that isn’t selling

Anywhere from 20–30% of inventory eventually goes unsold

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On-demand opens doors

Eliminate the need to stockpile product

Improve inventory management

No need to keep inventory on hand—save money on storage costs and minimize the risk that products go unsold.

Perfect forecasting

Offering a wide variety of products without inventory will help you gauge customer preferences more accurately, and better forecast demand.

Increase flexibility

Quickly respond to changes in customer demand and avoid producing too much product that may not sell.

Diversify and customize

More design options for customers increases the chances of selling products without the risk of being left with excess stock.

product sourcing

Imagine: you’re sourcing products from abroad, everything’s working out great, and they’re 3 times cheaper than working with an on-demand supplier. 

So why even bother?

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How are you doing the sourcing? 
Ordering 10K+ units of a specific product and getting it shipped to you. 
How many designs do you order? 
A total of . . . 2.

inventory risk

But here’s the thing: 

  • How do you know those designs will sell? 
  • What if you had multiple product designs to offer?
  • Why would you restrict your sales potential?

We don’t want to risk the inventory.
Launch a new design, it doesn’t sell, and you’re stuck with overstock.

print on demand solution

It doesn’t have to be this way. 

With print-on-demand, an order is only fulfilled when it gets placed.

Don’t limit how many designs you can launch. Don’t erode your margins trying to unload excess stock—sell at full retail price.