In many cases, particularly in industry, manufacturing or the trades, certain storage units are managed in relatively large numbers. These are often auxiliary and operating materials that can be used in many ways and are therefore available in significant quantities at practically every storage location. In the course of a so-called bin inventory, the number of articles available at the respective storage bins on the respective key date is documented - in contrast to the article inventory, the individual counts are combined and entered as a value into a corresponding IT system.
The advantage of the space inventory is that the organizational level is manageable and can be accomplished with on-site personnel and expertise. A disadvantage, however, is that due to transmission errors or other occurrences (e.g. many individual inventory employees), it is not possible to record the data cleanly.