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Improving Inventory Management in Small Business: A Case Study
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 15 points / 22,5 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction:

The growth of small business is fast and their impact on the economy is becoming bigger. How to manage the inventory effectively and efficiently often is a challenge for these small businesses. The study took place at HEM-SOL FORSALJNINGS AB, a company involved in gym sports equipment wholesale. For HEM-SOL two inventory problems, stock-out and overstock occur frequently. The company wants to improve its efficiency and is con-sidering a change in the inventory management.

Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to investigate the reasons behind the inventory management inefficiency in HEM-SOL, and then the proposed managerial suggestions will be presented to deal with the issues.

Method:

The study is considered as qualitative single-case study. Data collection is mainly through the interviews with the top manager and other staff involved in inventory control opera-tions. Secondary data is retrieved from the information system to provide the annual pur-chasing and sales report about twenty items using a purposive sampling approach. Data analysis follows the theoretical framework.

Conclusion:

Small businesses have limited financial resources and bargaining power. Long-distance suppliers, big fluctuation of demand and lack of formalized inventory control system result in HEM-SOL bad performance on inventory management. The authors analyze the col-lected data and establish a formal inventory control system as the solution to improve the company’s inventory management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 74
Keywords [en]
Supply Chain Management, Inventory Management, Purchasing, IT, Small Business
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1136OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-1136DiVA, id: diva2:3575
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