Staff and Inventory Management in Retail

Being a retail manager can be a difficult job. After all, retail managers have to keep track of the staff, the inventory, and any other major thing that is happening at the business. The success of many businesses largely depends on how well retail managers can do these things.

That is why, whenever a new innovation or solution comes along that can help managers do their jobs, it often becomes a trend. Currently, cloud-based apps are transforming how retailers manage their staff and inventory and are becoming a trend. Here are some of the top reasons why.


Trying to manage an entire inventory or an entire employee work schedule with just a pen and paper can be extremely time consuming. Just imagine going through thousands of items for an inventory count and having to make thousands of notes about inventory numbers. Or, imagine having to keep track of countless paper time cards week in and week out.

Even the thought of this probably gives retail managers anxiety. Cloud-based apps prevent managers from having to go through these tedious and slow processes. With cloud-based apps, managers can keep track of their inventories and their staffs with just a few clicks. This can dramatically speed up the process.

Better Data Storage

Because cloud-based apps use the cloud to store data, this means that the data can be stored more efficiently, and without having to take up considerable amounts of room on your device. For example, if your company uses an iPad to manage its inventory, a cloud-based inventory management app can help you save storage space on your tablet.

This can be especially helpful for companies who have huge inventories and subsequently huge volumes of data.


Cloud-based apps for retail staff and inventory management are much simpler to use than the pen and paper alternative. With a cloud-based retail scheduling software, employees can participate in the scheduling process. This means they can request shifts, shift swaps, time off, and have their hours tracked all on the app. Without a scheduling app, a manager would have to do this all with a pen and a paper, employee by employee.
Could-based apps also simplify the inventory management process. The inventory can be kept track of automatically with these apps. All that the manager has to do is to check the app once in a while to see how it is holding up.

Having the inventory and staff scheduling processes be simpler can help managers put their time to more profitable and productive use. This can help retail companies substantially.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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