Inventory

Business Lesson 1 - Estimating Inventory Value Using Gross Profit

Business Lesson 1 - Estimating Inventory Value Using Gross Profit

I love incorporating business principles almost as much as I love using technology. They both have played a big role in my business success. As a small business consultant, I’m often asked the best way to estimate the value of inventory. One method is based on gross profit. Warning – this post does come with a quiz at the end.

The gross profit method of valuing inventory is a technique using a company’s historical or projected gross profit margin to estimate cost of goods sold during a period. The gross profit method assumes the gross profit ratio remains stable during the period.

How Much Is Too Much Inventory?

How Much Is Too Much Inventory?

One thing I know is that business owners love their inventory.  Every consulting engagement I enter into always begins with a tour of the operation.  I see how the work flows through the office administration, into the production areas, and out to the customer.  The ins and outs of the business are exposed with the hope that inefficiencies can be identified.

Each owner self identifies areas of their operation they envision as the “killers of cash flow.”  They point to their invoicing and collection process, or the low billable hour employee utilization rate.  Rarely do they identify their warehouse as a problem.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.  They stand in the door with pride beaming from their eyes and point to the vast amount of options they have for their customers.  Then they say things like: “We have the best selection. Or you can’t sell it if you don’t have it.”