Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there.

The sentence I have in mind is:

compare the actual with the [nominal inventory]

The words in brackets indicate the word that I'm looking for.

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    Expected or nominal I would be inclined to stick with, but I would like to see other peoples proposed terms, I'm sure one will be better – nickson104 Jul 6 '15 at 9:28
  • You can call the actual stock: "on-hand{s}" - (what you actually have 'on hand'} and cross-check it with your "list of inventory" or, "inventory list". – Oldbag Jul 6 '15 at 10:42
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    Actual versus nominal makes it very clear. Those two terms are often set beside each other. The nominal inventory is what the records show; the actual, what a physical check reveals. If you don't like "nominal", then recorded might do. (books.google.com/ngrams/…) – TRomano Jul 6 '15 at 10:58
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    In the context of a shipment of stock, a "waybill" is the master sheet for inventory, origin, destination, weight, etc. (businessdictionary.com/definition/waybill.html) – jsoteeln Jul 6 '15 at 12:20
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    I would use Expected – oakfish56 Jul 8 '15 at 21:27

Planned Inventory

This term was given to me by a Supply Chain analyst. It is typically seen in materials management (i.e. inventory) reports comparing the "on hand"or actual stock against the expected quantities.

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  • thank you very much, although this is an older thread, it is still relevant for me. – BootstrapBill Sep 29 '15 at 14:49






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Perfect or Ideal seem like plausible answers

Perfect : having no mistakes or flaws : completely correct or accurate : having all the qualities you want in that kind of person, situation, etc.


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