Identifying the causes of stock loss and implementing countermeasures is crucial for manufacturers to minimize stock losses or inventory shrinkage. Several factors contribute to stock losses, including theft, employee error, stock deterioration, and supply chain fraud.
Theft: Theft can be committed by employees or outsiders and is a common cause of inventory shrinkage. Implementing security measures such as accurate tracking, frequent cycle counting, restricting inventory access, installing CCTVs, using a good inventory management system, and conducting effective interviews can help minimize theft.
Employee error: Errors in inventory management or procedural mistakes by employees can result in stock losses. Reducing manual processes, using real-time alerts, providing stringent training programs, and conducting regular audits can help prevent employee errors.
Stock deterioration and loss: Damage to inventory can occur due to various reasons such as extreme conditions, transit accidents, or natural events. While some causes may be outside of a manufacturer’s control, implementing measures to rectify or prevent equipment failure or operational errors is important.
Supply chain fraud: Fraud within the supply chain is a growing concern for manufacturers. Conducting robust fraud risk assessments, continuously updating them, and practising due diligence by verifying the legitimacy of companies involved in the supply chain can help prevent supply chain fraud.
H & H Associates offers services to help manufacturers minimize stock losses:
Due diligence: Conducting thorough due diligence before signing contracts, forming partnerships, or making acquisitions can help verify the business practices, assets, and financial performance of the other party. This includes financial, legal, intellectual, and environmental due diligence.
Background checks: Conducting rigorous background checks on employees can help reduce the risks of fraud and internal threats. H & H Associates specializes in background checks and can assist manufacturers in this process.
Risk management: H & H Associates provides a systematic approach to identifying and managing operational risks specific to a manufacturer’s organization. This helps reduce the risks associated with inadequate internal processes, supply chain breakdowns, or external events.
By implementing these measures and seeking professional assistance, manufacturers can mitigate stock losses and protect their bottom line