One of the most persistent challenges to research organizations is effi cient chemical inventory management. Material isn’t where it should be. There’s not enough for research. Inventory reports aren’t correct. When chemical inventory reports are inaccurate, and research materials aren’t available, the entire lab suffers. There’s a solution. This whitepaper examines the reasons why systems fail or succeed, as well as best practices that optimize chemical inventory workfl ows to ensure accurate inventory data.