Do not Let Safety Stock Hold You Down: Stock What Your Customers WantMaintaining safety stock is a standard practice to ensure that retailers are cushioned against time lag or delay in replenishment of cycle stock. Retailers’ warehouses are filled at least 1/10th over the brim, in apprehension of supply-chain bumpy-rides. This is more so in case of perceived fast moving items. Obviously, retailers walk the double edge of maintaining sufficient stock while running the risk of inventory going stale if the sales do not match the projections.