my magical cross town teleporter and do a check.
Yes indeed. As if I can miraculously log onto a different company's inventory system. I can check inventory on any of MY company's store in the nation but unfortunately, that is the extent of my stock-checking ability.
Or, if my store (in Bellevue) doesn't carry an item, does the one in Redmond/ Issaquah/(insert other Seattle-area location) have it?
It RARELY happens, like once every 5 years that a one store will get in something and another won't. All our stores carry the same items but on-hand quantities vary greatly, depending on store size and volume.