Trade: what to do with stocks of unsold clothes because of the lockdowns?

Trade: what to do with stocks of unsold clothes because of the lockdowns?

Wednesday, May 19, customers will be back in the clothing stores. But now sellers must sort through collections and manage the inventory that has accumulated.

Trade: what to do with stocks of unsold clothing due to lockdowns?

Clothing stores will finally be able to reopen on Wednesday, May 19. In a store in Orleans (Loiret), saleswomen are busy removing the spring collection, which they thought they were selling. Every day new goods arrive, so you have to make room. Regarding the old models, “some will be put on the shelves, others will be taken down in stock and will be released at the time of sales“, Explain Armelle Lacaud, store manager.

Lots of unsold items

The stocks are already full. In a 300 square meter store, Alain Liger, the owner, buys nearly 400,000 euros worth of merchandise each year. Between the demonstrations in the city center and the three confinements, he has a lot of unsold items left. “We are in surplus“, He slips. Unlike large retailers, which can return their stock to suppliers, independent traders have them on their hands. They will therefore have to settle, for almost zero profit. “It doesn’t give money to pay the staff, to pay the rent“, Deplores Alain Liger.