Having recently read a few quotes online from the fabulous Marie Kondo, I've been having a little clear out in the shop. Time to get the shop freshened up and the first place is by removing the bits that are sitting here and in the way... why not offer them to others so that they can make use out of them.
Marie asks you to ask ourselves if something sparks joy in us, unfortunately in a bike shop, most things will spark joy in a cycling enthusaist like us, so we ask, is it likely to be needed in the next 6 months? If not, let someone else get the use out of it.
It's also given me the chance to look at the stock ordering system most shops have, many use the "just order it to have it" system rather than order something when you NEED it. Both options have obstacles, one requires a magic crystal ball so you know what the trends are going to be, & a big bank account, the other needs patience, you will have to wait for the delivery to arrive.
You need to actually look at your clientele and know your audience, rather than ordering 15 X 130mm stems for a road bike with an overdrive system, maybe see how many of these you actually need and then order accordingly.
This mini clear out has allowed the space to be designated for the necessary items, and I don't need to stress about the stocktake in a few weeks :)
If you're in town & would like to grab a bargain, pop in. We love making others happy with bargains.
Thank you for reading <3