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inventory1 of 2
: an itemized list of current assets: such as
: a list of goods on hand
: a catalog of the property of an individual or estate
: a list of traits, preferences, attitudes, interests, or abilities used to evaluate personal characteristics or skills
: a survey of natural resources
: the act or process of taking an inventory
Noun We made an inventory of the library's collection. The dealer keeps a large inventory of used cars and trucks. Inventories at both stores were low. How can a small business afford to keep so much inventory? We'll be doing inventory on the collection soon. Verb We'll be inventorying the collection soon. would you inventory the supplies in the back room? See More
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NounTarget is one of several retailers using stores to fill orders to help manage inventory and the high costs of last-mile delivery. —Liz Young, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2023 According to documents filed in bankruptcy court last week, drug store giant Walgreens will acquire Medly’s prescription files, pharmacy inventory and intellectual property, including its trademarks and logos. —oregonlive, 16 Feb. 2023 But while high theft in stores depletes inventory and limits sales, locking up items also reduces sales – by 15% to 25%, according to Joe Budano, CEO of Indyme, a technology company that sells retailers security devices. —Anne D'innocenzio, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Feb. 2023 The scarcity of inventory and volatile mortgage rates are forcing would-be-buyers into savings hibernation to build up adequate savings. —Rod Berger, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 Hollis sat down with The Dallas Morning News at this weekend’s National Automobile Dealers Association conference in Dallas to talk about ongoing supply chain issues, low inventory and car pricing. —Dallas News, 28 Jan. 2023 Before joining Good Housekeeping in 2022, Nikolas worked in the labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, working on projects ranging from chemical inventory and reporting to the development of bioassays. —Nikolas Greenwald, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 In the final three months of 2022, nearly 16% of consumers who financed a new vehicle and 5.4% who financed a used one committed to monthly payments of at least $1,000, according to Edmunds, which tracks automotive inventory and information. —Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2023 That's right, the online Nike outlet was just restocked with tons of inventory and discounts up to 40 percent off. —Ellen Mcalpine, Men's Health, 11 Jan. 2023
VerbNow Murphy will be given access to the firm’s offices to inventory its files and take control of its bank accounts. —Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2023 This isn’t the time to inventory and assess their misdeeds. —Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 This period of higher rates can also prompt you to inventory all of your outstanding debt, verify the interest rates on the debt, and prioritize what should get paid off first. —San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2022 Researchers add molecular tags that will later work like barcodes, selectively binding to DNA to inventory and find particular sequences. —Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2017 Or, potentially, inventory to use to address the other remaining need: A left fielder, perhaps via trade. —Dallas News, 27 Dec. 2022 The vote resulted from a new state law requiring police and sheriff's departments to inventory military-grade equipment and seek approval for their use. —Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2022 But explicit authorization was required after a new California law went into effect this year requiring police and sheriffs departments to inventory military-grade equipment and seek approval for their use. —CBS News, 29 Nov. 2022 He is required to move the property into a storage facility and inventory the items within five days of the relocation. —Dana Feldman, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 See More
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