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rv-pro.com August 2020 • RV PRO • 87 Hiding extra stock behind an RV is not a viable solution. People see it and know what you're doing. You're not fooling anyone. Inventory Clearing clutter means analyzing what you have in your parts area and especially accessories area. What is selling and what has been sitting, dead on a shelf for ages? "Dead merchandise" should be placed on "dump tables" with a clearance sign. Things you spent a lot of money on and hate to "give away" for less than you paid are taking up valuable floor (or stockroom) space and are a daily reminder that it was a bad buy. Yo u d o n't n e e d daily reminders of bad decisions. Cut your losses, learn from your mis- takes – as I'm sure you do – and slash the prices of all the things that have been sucking the life energy out of your store and your confidence. Get rid of anything that hasn't sold in a year and shows no signs of movement. Once these things are gone, you won't see them anymore – nor will you have to think about them. You are now free to move on and not be reminded hourly about something you thought would be a great seller. You and your store will feel lighter. Paper Clutter often takes the form of paperwork. It's difficult to figure out exactly what should stay and what can be tossed. Plus, everyone has their own "styles" of organization. Mine is piles of papers. Luckily, only three: Current, Past (but may need) and Assorted Interesting stuff I may (or should) read in this lifetime. How do you organize your papers? If they are visible to cus- tomers, consider an office supply store or The Container Store for attractive low boxes to sort the papers and keep them organized by whatever method works best for you and your staff. That way, they can be stacked when not in use, freeing up desk space as well as looking organized. Of course, in an ideal world each piece of paper would be scanned and put online into folders. But for many of us, we do better when we can hold a real piece of paper. Clearing clutter means analyzing what you have in your parts area and especially accessories area. What is selling and what has been sitting, dead on a shelf for ages? C M Y CM MY CY CMY K

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