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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Inventory Accounting Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Inventory Accounting Services?

What is the average price of Inventory Accounting Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Inventory Accounting Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Inventory Accounting Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Inventory Accounting Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Inventory Accounting Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Inventory Accounting Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

Among the estimated 5,250 providers of inventory accounting services, the top four operators account for less than 30.0% of market revenue, signaling a low level of concentration. The market is fragmented due to low barriers to entry; the majority of capital investment goes toward the purchase of technology and computer... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Professional Workforce

What training do your employees go through to ensure they provide accurate inventory counts?

How do you determine which employees to send on site to conduct the inventory count?

How do you measure employee performance? Do you consider previous customer experience in evaluating your workers?

How many employees are usually sent on jobs that are similar in size to mine?

How do you communicate with employees while they are on site?


Do you source materials witha high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Amid widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate the risk to your clients and employees?

Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased or reduced demand?

Supplier Capacity

How many jobs do you typically work on at one time?

How many other jobs do employees work on at one time?

What is the largest job you have worked on? How long did it take? What went well? What did not go well?

How flexible are you in scheduling inventories?

What is the average length of a job that is similar in size to mine?

How are resources, such as software and equipment, assigned to jobs during periods of high demand?

Supplier Quality & Experience

How accurate are your past inventory counts? What is your margin of error?

What suggestions have your most recent clients made?

How often do you change your inventory methods? How do you test the accuracy of your inventory methods?

What experience do you have working in our industry?

What jobs have you worked on with similarly sized companies?

How do you ensure you are providing quality service?

How do you differentiate your services for small, medium and large inventory jobs?

How long do you keep inventory records? How easily may I access them?

Competition & Barriers to Entry

How has competition from software suppliers and in-house options changed your service offerings?

Our company currently manages our own inventory in-house. What are the benefits to using an inventory accounting service? How will you be more accurate than our own employees who conduct inventory counts?

How do you differentiate yourself from other inventory accounting service providers?

What services do you provide that your competitors do not that set you apart?


How much have your prices fluctuated in the past three years? How much do you expect your prices to fluctuate in the next three years?

What type of discounts do you offer for customer referrals?

How will pricing change if the size of my inventory gets bigger? If it gets smaller?

What supplemental costs do you charge for your employees traveling on site?

How do you determine your standard base price model?

What can I do on site to lower service costs?

Supplemental Costs

If I bundle several services together, what price discounts are available?

If I want to add supplemental services in the middle of my contract period, how will this affect prices?

What type of trial periods do you offer for some of your supplemental services?

What consulting services do you provide to help me determine which supplemental services I may need?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should state budget expectations and which pricing model they wish to use.

Buyers should explain terms of payment and details for the desired contract, including length and exclusivity.

Buyers can consult the Benchmark Price and Total Cost of Ownership sections of this report to estimate what they should be willing to pay for services.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should take into account the service quality they expect from a vendor, particularly as it relates to accuracy, reliability and equipment capability.

Buyers should consider the experience of a vendor as it relates to the number of years in business as well as specific industry experience.

Buyers should assess the size and location of a vendor to determine if they will be able to easily meet a buyer's requirements.

Buyers should evaluate the strength of client references from a vendor to better gauge the expected level of service.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should provide a breakdown of key dates regarding the RFP process, such as the date to submit questions and the final date to submit bids.

Buyers should state when the expected start date will be.

Buyers should provide a timeline of key dates once the project has begun.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain for inventory accounting services is characterized by moderate risk. Suppliers primarily rely on computer and software wholesalers, electronic part and equipment wholesalers, office supply wholesalers and leasing firms. The high levels of competition among first tier suppliers favor inventory accounting firms. Market suppliers are in a better... Subscribe to learn more.