Many businesses have to deal with the issue of out-of-stock products, which can lead to lost profits and decreasing customer loyalty. But there is an even bigger problem that many distributors sometimes forget to consider – product voids. Product voids occur when the product is out of stock and the placement on the shelf disappears completely. How does this happen, and how can distributors avoid it in the future?
Causes of Voids
Voids can happen for a variety of reasons. For one, an influx of customers can create a mess in the store. Products and shelf tags can easily get scattered and end up in random places. This can lead to a lot of confusion in the store and mishaps when it comes to reordering and properly restocking products. Some retailers also remove shelf tags if they can’t find a product there to avoid having a gap on the shelf. This leads to further issues with reordering.
Voids can create a real headache for distributors, but with the right solutions in place, they can be avoided.