How Do You Decide How Much Inventory to Buy?

February 16, 2016

Let’s ease into this question by establishing that we order inventory for two reasons: The first is that your item is being featured in one of our catalogs and we want to buy part of your forecast up front to back up the projected sales for the first part of the catalog period. The second reason is that we believe we’re going to run out of your item. Whether or not your item is in catalog, customer demand coupled with upcoming holidays and marketing placements can mean that we might run out of your item. In this case, we think we’re going to go out of stock unless we receive more inventory by the specified ETA on your PO, and we don’t want that to happen!

Now to the heart of the question–The quantity of the orders we place is determined by the time of year that we’re ordering (we place much larger orders for delivery in November and December than we do the rest of the year) and customer demand at the time. It’s our job to make sure we don’t have too much or too little inventory of any one product at any given time. Please forgive us if you get caught up in the crosshairs when a few customers decide to swoop in and buy up all the inventory for your item. In the end, it’s great that your item is popular enough to warrant all the orders being placed for it and all we ask of you is to help us get back in stock as soon as you can!

Gift Guides

Gift Lab: Grow Your Own Organic Cilantro

July 2, 2015


Product: Garden-in-a-Can: Grow Organic Cilantro & Citrus Juicer

I’ve been told cilantro is really hard to grow so I was skeptical. Could it really be that easy? Just pop the top, bury the seeds and water for a few weeks? And would lime juice help me win the guacamole competition? My answers were yes! and yes!

When I heard we would be doing a more gardener-novice-friendly grow kit, I jumped on the chance to test it out. If all goes well, I’d have fresh cilantro in the house for the Purchasing team guacamole competition in a few weeks! I also knew then that lime (and tons of it) would be my secret ingredient, so I employed the help of our new citrus juicer to get the best results!

So, I did just that! I opened up the can, gently buried all the seeds about an inch under the surface and then poured about 2 shot glasses of water in every day or two to keep it looking moist.

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When is the peak purchasing season for UncommonGoods?

May 20, 2015

By a landslide, UG brings in the bulk of its goods in September and October to prepare for the upcoming Winter holiday season. In an effort to help vendors prepare early, we try and place these orders as far in advance as possible. However, if you start making your Winter plans and you haven’t heard from us, reach out for a forecast and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Rachel Goldstein

January 20, 2014
Rachel Goldstein | UncommonGoods
Rachel Goldstein, UncommonGoods Planner

My home town is…
Annapolis, MD

The word that best describes me is…
Is it not one of the most difficult questions to describe yourself in one word? If I have to….optimistic :).

My favorite thing about working in the Purchasing and Transportation department is…
My team. They are the best collaborators…and bakers…and diorama makers. Dioramans? Dioramaists? Anyway, the list goes on for the reasons why I think they’re so wonderful. (Here’s proof of Purch & Transpo’s awesome diorama skills. )

I’m inspired by…
The kindness of strangers. I live by the mantra that you don’t have to know someone to help them in whatever small or large way you can.

If I could become an expert on one thing it would be…

The inner workings of the NYC Subway!

My favorite place to hang out in New York City is…
The East River Promenade. Every time I look back at the skyline I feel so lucky to live here.

An uncommon fact about me…
Due to a year stint of intensive studying and a summer living in China, I speak a little bit of Mandarin.

Since working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
That a long commute can be made less stressful if you get to see the Brooklyn Bridge for a few minutes in the middle of the ride over the East River.

Would you rather…model every hat UncommonGoods sells for the catalog and website OR test every new UncommonGoods office item?
Can I test all of our Tabletop items instead? I love being in the kitchen! I’ll bring in a thank you present….

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