Enjoy this free access to selections from The ROI's proprietary content. Ready for more? The Members-Only Collection includes even more for owners about inventory management and Open-to-Buy planning.


Inventory Control | Buying Plans | Open-to-Buy

How-To Info, Online Calculators for Retail Inventory Control and Open-to-Buy Planning


There is a cause-effect connection between sales, gross margins, and inventory turns. 

Effectively managing that balancing act is part of the art of retailing.

Inventory Management Quiz

Take a quick quiz on the basics

Take this online quick quiz for retailersJust ten questions. All online, all at your own pace. 

Results for your eyes only.

 

Ready to be a true merchant? Take the quiz!





"Have Enough Inventory?"

Most retailers know their average inventory over the year. 

But the question is this: 

"Is that enough inventory for the sales you expect?"

"Or...is it too much?"

Here's how to find out. Use our Index of Sales Potential. Find out now

 


Clips from popular TOPICAL TUESDAYS Webinars from the Co-Founders

Merchandise Planning: Back to the Basics

Sound merchandise management is crucial for the survival and prosperity of your retail business. 

It’s not just another “paper exercise”—it can mean the difference between strong, positive cash flow or a constant battle to pay your bills. 

It can keep your operation profitable even in times of less-than-robust sales.

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How to Shape Up Your Inventory? Manage Inventory Turns

If your store is like many other independent retailers, it’s probably overstocked much of the time. 

This excess inventory is like excess fat: 

  1. It looks bad
  2. Consumes energy the inventory “muscle” needs
  3. Threatens the financial health of your business.

If you’d like to time your inventory flow so you always have fresh merchandise and a healthy turnover rate, consider this shape-up plan. 

It will help trim away excess inventory without cutting into the muscle of your stock.

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The Diamond of Doom

The High Costs of Excess Inventory

As a retail owner, one of your primary goals is to boost profit margins—right? 

You know that good inventory management is essential to producing top-notch profits. 

You also know that bad inventory management can cause big problems with profit. 

However, you may not know the actual cause-and-effect of bad inventory management. 

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How to Cut Inventory – Fast!

Is excess inventory threatening your store's survival? 

Here are 10 tips to turn your inventory into cash – quickly!

Sometimes retailing doesn’t quite turn out as you had planned. 

Did last year fail to live up to what you predicted—and budgeted for? 

Did you overestimate the popularity of your generous order of a particular product?  

Are there areas of your inventory brimming with overstock? 

Relax! There is a way out of this mess!

If you find yourself long on inventory and short on profits—whether from overbuying, expanding lines too quickly, or overestimating sales, don’t panic. 

You still can whip your inventory back into shape before it devours your profits.

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Getting Through the Retail Maze with GMROI

(Gross Margin Return on Inventory Investment)

One of the best tools for measuring and managing the productivity of your inventory investment is GMROI - Gross Margin Return on Inventory Investment. 

It's fast and easy to calculate. 

It is dynamic (some call it the "earn 'n turn" measure.)

Best of all, it provides powerful insights specifically for retailers.

That's why The ROI calls GMROI "the #1 measure of inventory productivity."

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Tools & Resources for Members


50 How-To Guides - Inventory, Profits, Cash

Make your stores financially stronger

Most extensive self-help resource on retail financial management • Available on-demand, 24/7

How-To Articles by Retail Experts

  • Controlling Inventory, Profits, Cash
  • Using Retail Finance Basics
  • Addressing Strategic Owner Issues
  • Managing Store Issues


7 Online Projecting Calculators for Retailers

See "What would happen if I...?"

Easy & fast for retailers. Online, "in the cloud". Nothing to download or install.
Get answers - fast!  "How much profit?" "How much inventory?" "Where's the cash?!"

The ROI's Online Projecting Calculators for Retailers 

  • The ROI's SPEEDY HEADLIGHTS
  • Retail PROFITS Forecaster
  • BUYING PLAN Forecaster (Open-to-Buy)
  • Retailer's 3-in-1 Cash Flow Calculator (P&L + OTB + Cash Flow - INTEGRATED)
  • Key RATIOS Calculator
  • GMROI Calculator
  • Multi-Department OPEN-TO-BUY Planner


23 Recorded Live at TOPICAL TUESDAYS Webinars

Hours of explanatory and retailer-friendly how-to insights 

See the entire collection here

  • Unlimited FREE Access for Members
  • Most Demanding Growth and Survival Issues for Retailers:
    How to Manage & Control Profits • Debt • Inventory • Cash Flow • Vendor, Landlord & Bank Relationships • GMROI 
  • Available to watch anytime, 24/7
  • Lively, entertaining (!), time saving
  • Hours of Consulting Tips, Strategic How-To Guidance

 

Retail Self-Assessment Tools

Time-Saving Comparison Tools

Get perspective & insights on your stores' performance

  • All on your own 
  • Confidential. "For your eyes only"
  • Online 24/7 


5 Online Retail Training Courses

Learn - then use - retailing's financial levers

Use The ROI's unique "eLearning Kits." 

Each Kit includes a structured how-to training course plus a specialized projecting calculator. Practical and fast for retailers to use. 

These courses-plus-calculators teach and show the What, Why, and How of retail financial management and inventory control.  

The ROI's Online Courses

  • Projecting Retail PROFITS
  • Projecting INVENTORY Buying (Open-to-Buy) Plans
  • Projecting Retail CASH FLOW
  • 3-in-1 Kit Bundle: P&L + OTB + Cash Flow - Integrated!
  • GMROI Inventory Productivity Kit

 

9 Retail Financial How-To Videos

Learn It • Do It • Profit From It!





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