Apparel Inventory Management Services
The apparel ecommerce market is expected to reach $759+ million by the end of year.
Though there’s plenty of opportunity, the logistics side of selling apparel online has its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to managing inventory.
If you’re struggling to keep up with apparel inventory, ShipBob can help.
ShipBob is a best-in-class 3PL that can help you optimize your inventory management process and grow your business.
Read on to learn more about our inventory management solution for apparel brands..
Since partnering with ShipBob, we’ve been able to scale our business from $300,000 in sales per year to over $1.1 million due to infrastructure, technology, and scalability improvements.
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What is apparel inventory?
Apparel inventory refers to inventory of an assortment of clothing items, including jeans, t-shirts, dresses, and more, which often are available in several different variations — from size to color to patterns — increasing the number of SKUs an apparel business has to manage.
This allows brands to track inventory across their sales channels and quickly make decisions on SKU performance.
Best practices for managing apparel inventory
Managing apparel inventory can be a challenge. It often involves small variations of a similar SKU. Whether it’s offering polo shirts in a variety of colors or jeans in both regular and petite sizes — apparel inventory requires a system that makes it easy to track it all.
Here are some best practices for managing apparel inventory.
1. Track inventory in real time
Be sure to implement software designed specifically to help manage inventory in real time. With the right real-time inventory management solution, you can reduce risks of inventory shrinkage, inaccurate inventory reports, stockouts, and backorders.
With inventory tracking software in place, your orders and inventory are synced in real time. This makes it much easier to track inventory by increasing inventory visibility and providing insights into when it’s time to replenish inventory, run a promotion, and track slow-moving items that are no longer generating sales.
2. Practice proper SKU management
When selling apparel, SKU proliferation is inevitable. But holding on to certain variations of apparel items that don’t sell can cut into your profit margins in the long run.
To stay profitable, it’s important to optimize inventory by determining slow-moving SKUs and possibly discontinuing them.
With the right inventory tracking software, you can easily track slow-moving items vs. fast-moving items and make decisions on what SKUs to discontinue or replenish.
3. Simplify fulfillment
Managing inventory is a major component of the ecommerce fulfillment process.
If you are currently handing fulfillment in-house but offer different products in variations, it might be time to partner with a ShipBob.
ShipBob’s entire distribution network is powered by the same fulfillment software, which includes built-in inventory management software. ShipBob can receive and store each SKU separately, pick and pack orders efficiently, and ship orders through the most cost-effective route. This allows you to spend less time on logistics but maintain visibility into operations.
It’s simple to add products to the ShipBob dashboard automatically or manually. If you have the same SKU imported from different stores, you can easily merge them to prevent duplicate products/inventory.
“As we saw our small startup business beginning to gain traction, we needed to find a 3PL that could help us manage the thousands of orders we would get in minutes. When I was researching companies, I knew they had to be tech-enabled, integrate with Shopify, and a company that could scale with us. We found exactly that with ShipBob.”
Jason Ton, CFO of 100 Thieves
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With a global fulfillment network and best-in-class technology, ShipBob offers a wide range of fulfillment capabilities to help you create a winning apparel logistics strategy, including flexible fulfillment, advanced data and analytics, and other world-class logistics solutions.
“Last time we shipped our own packages, it took us 3 weeks. It took ShipBob less than 2 days. I couldn’t wait to delegate this business over, because the stress level was through the roof. I am just so grateful for ShipBob.”
Andrea Hamilton, founder of The Finer Things 1920
ShipBob has vast experience in fulfilling a wide range of apparel, including:
- Women’s wear
- Men’s wear
- Children, toddler, and infant wear
- Clothing accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves, and jewelry
- Active wear
- And much more