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Department Stores Must Solve ‘Chronic’ Inventory Problem This Year, Moody’s Warns

As we settle into the new year, our Sourcing Summit Companion Report looks ahead at ways to optimize processes and performance.

Weak holiday sales last month in the department store channel indicate that retailers over-anticipated demand, thrusting inventory control to the fore as they’re pressed to counter margin pressures. “Inventory management–a chronic problem for the industry–will once again be a performance hot spot in 2020. Department stores struggled with aligning inventory in 2019 as they over-anticipated…

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