Inventory management is a complex process, particularly for larger organizations, but the basics are essentially the same regardless of the organization's size or type. In inventory management, goods are delivered into the receiving area of a warehouse in the form of raw materials or components and are put into stock areas or shelves. Compared to larger organizations with more physical space, in smaller companies, the goods may go directly to the stock area instead of a receiving location, and if the business is a wholesale distributor, the goods may be finished products rather than raw materials or components. The goods are then pulled from the stock areas and moved to production facilities where they are made into finished goods. The finished goods may be returned to stock areas where they are held prior to shipment, or they may be shipped directly to customers.