The Right Stock Types Help you Manage Stock Efficiently.

Posted on 06.06.2023 by Rik

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Having the right groupings of stock can streamline workflows and support differentiated processing, for example in stock takes and in reorder processing, helping you manage your stock more efficiently.

Abel’s stock types are configurable to suit most requirements. They provide groupings of stock that are meaningful to your business e.g. to distinguish finished goods from raw materials. In this blog, we’ll look at a few different stock types and their uses.

Common Stock Types

These are the stock types that are used most often:

  • Stock – Goods held in stock ready to sell including finished goods from manufacturing, also semi-finished goods used in manufacturing. 
  • Store – Additional items required in a manufacturing or production process e.g. packaging.
  • Plant – Raw materials usually consumed in manufacturing.

Special Purpose Stock Types

These are some examples of special purpose stock types: 

  • Back-To-Back Purchase – Items you buy when a customer orders one (rather than being held in stock).
  • Loan Stock – Items currently on loan to customers e.g. to temporarily replace items you are servicing for them.
  • Consignment Stock – Your stock held by a third party e.g. at a retailer waiting to be sold. The retailer pays you when they sell it.
  • Indent Stock – Supplier-owned stock held in your warehouse for sale or consumption.

Less Common Stock Types

These are examples of less common stock types that some businesses require:

  • Clearance Stock – for items on “run out” that are no longer being re-ordered.
  • Tools – for items that wear out in the production process e.g. drill bits, saw blades.
  • Showroom stock – for items currently on display in the showroom.

Abel’s stock types can be configured to suit most businesses.