Lots of Inventory Management Challenges in Toy Story

What if your inventory had a mind of its own? That would add a major challenge to managers’ already-complicated task of maintaining a well-organized inventory management system. And that’s exactly the reality that Toy Story movies portray.

Product Damage and Loss in the Toy Story Films

Toy Story's Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Inventory Management Software

*Spoiler Alert* If you haven’t seen the Toy Story movies and you don’t want their plots spoiled, stop reading! Otherwise, please continue.

In Toy Story 2, think about all of the inventory at Al’s Toy Barn and the airport that was either damaged or lost because of a few toys’ actions:

  • A Buzz Lightyear doll leaves his display and an Emperor Zurg doll breaks out of his box.
  • Mr. Potato Head crashes a toy car into several objects while traveling through the store.
  • A huge container of bouncy balls tips over, causing a big mess and making it difficult to recover all of them.
  • Buzz knocks over a display of board games and action figures, possibly damaging them.
  • The whole Round-up Gang goes missing before the plane takes off for Japan. Someone’s cameras get misplaced, as well.

What a mess! People are constantly losing toys in these movies, not because they misplaced them, but because the toys moved.

In the first Toy Story film, Andy loses Woody and Buzz and conveniently finds them in his car while moving to a new home. The same thing happens in Toy Story 3. Andy’s toys get misplaced and they manage to return just in the nick of time to see Andy one last time before he leaves for college.

Thank Goodness for Inventory Management Software

Basically, my point in all this is thank goodness inventory doesn’t move on its own. That would put an incredible strain on any company’s inventory control system.

Luckily, inventory management software, such as Fishbowl, is designed to make life easier for small and medium-sized businesses with non-animated products.

Fishbowl’s inventory management software helps companies track a huge number of parts and products, reaching almost to infinity and beyond!

The photo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear is the copyright of Disney and Pixar.


About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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2 Responses to Lots of Inventory Management Challenges in Toy Story

  1. Pretty clever delivery on Toy Story Movies. Your fun, Inventory System Software seems very interesting…


  2. Thank you very much, Kelly. I appreciate your positive feedback. It’s fun to find interesting twists on things we’re all familiar with. When watching any of the Toy Story movies, I can’t help thinking about how frustrating it would be to lose toys because they just decide to walk away. 😛

    Thanks again for taking the time to share your comment. Have a great day!

    Robert Lockard

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