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The Nuisance of Slow Moving Products in Electronic Commerce


  • Grzegorz, Chodak


Article presents the important problem of products with low turnover in environment of electronic commerce. The key factors leading to the increasing number of slow moving stock keeping units (SKUs) in the context of online store are described. These issues are divided into two sets: general (not connected with online environment) and these which concern mainly online stores. The difficulty with identification of such SKUs is presented and proposition of inventory control shelf warmers indicator is shown. Afterwards the three-stage procedure for dealing with the occurrence of shelf warmers is described. The last part of the paper present the short conclusions.

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  • Grzegorz, Chodak, 2016. "The Nuisance of Slow Moving Products in Electronic Commerce," MPRA Paper 69817, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:69817

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    Inventory Control; Online Store; Shelf Warmer; Slow Moving Products;

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    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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