Fifth Avenue Store Inventory
Apple has a very sophisticated product distribution and inventory system, ensuring that its retail stores have products available to sell, but not creating a huge oversupply, either in the stores or back in warehouses. Periodically, Apple stores—like most other retailers—count the products being held in inventory for financial accounting, loss prevention and ordering reasons. Taking an inventory at smaller stores is fairly routine, since there are fewer products and the task can be performed during closing hours. However, at the Fifth Avenue (NYC) store, taking inventory is complicated by the size of the store’s product supply and its 24-hour operation.
These photos from a public Web site show the store in a state of inventory by a private company several years ago. The photos also show the upstair, public retail space, and the downstairs, rarely-seen back-of-house area during an inventory. Three photos also show the Genius Room area.