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Overstocking

overstocking

Overstocking is a term used in inventory management that refers to the situation where a business holds more stock than is needed to meet demand. This often leads to excess inventory that can tie up capital, increase storage costs, and risk the stock becoming obsolete or perishable items expiring. While it might seem like a good idea to have plenty of goods on hand to meet customer demand, overstocking can have negative financial implications for a business.

Overstocking occurs when the amount of stock exceeds the actual sales demand. This can happen due to various reasons, such as overestimating customer demand, buying in bulk to get a discount, or failing to adjust orders to reflect current sales trends. It’s important for businesses to find a balance between having enough stock to meet demand without holding too much.

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