Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. Inventory is both.

5 pieces to the global capacity management puzzle

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois Recently I was watching a video interview with David Thomas, the Director of Global Capacity Planning for Ford Motor Company. Among other things, he’s been leading the charge at Ford to deliver a global capacity management solution.

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

ToolsGroup

With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitized essential tasks like inventory planning. This article will share five things you need to know about optimizing inventory in the digital age.

LTL Rates, Capacity, and Fuel: The General Outlook for 2017

Cerasis

Capacity Will Grow Tighter. Capacity was stretched beyond limitations in 2014, and fleets around the country tried to optimize operations through freight reclassification, dimensional pricing models and freight consolidation, explains Jeff Berman of Logistics Management.

Four ways Inventory Optimization can address tighter supply constraints

ToolsGroup

When supplies get tight, inventory optimization can help focus production around the most critical products while reducing requirements for other items. Inventory (both finished goods and materials) can then be allocated to more critical demand. Inventory OptimizationAs the (U.S.)

What is Manufacturing ERP?

OptiProERP

What distinguishes Manufacturing ERP from other ERP systems? ERP started in the manufacturing industry, but it headed off in new directions. Trading organizations, those that just buy and sell, need Sales Orders, Purchase Orders, Inventory, and Supply Chain Management.

Omnichannel In Manufacturing: Why Manufacturers Are Following Retailers to an Omnichannel World

Cerasis

The application of omnichannel in manufacturing primarily focuses on the collaboration between suppliers, or vendors, and distributors. To understand this relationship, we have to consider its driving forces, how it affects omnichannel experiences , and what it means for warehousing capabilities and capacity. Manufacturers still using disjointed processes and operating in functional silos are unable to keep up with demand.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Custom fabricators have to cope with highly varying demand cycles from many different steel sales customers, and to do that effectively they need capacity. They’re building that capacity with more equipment. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency.

What challenges must today’s automotive manufacturers overcome?

Quintiq

Some of the most innovative developments currently being delivered by automotive manufacturers include new drive technologies, autonomous driving and connected cars. The assembly line sets the pace in automotive manufacturing. Automotive Manufacturing

The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing

Quintiq

Fulfilling this multi-faceted demand has become a major challenge for car manufacturers, who have to deal not only with countless models and colors but also with an ever-increasing range of features and options. Volatile customer demand can be bridged by making use of contract manufacturers.

What’s New in Inventory Optimization?

ToolsGroup

Principal Analyst James Cooke of Nucleus Research just published his 2016 Inventory Optimization Value Matrix which highlights this year’s key trends, including functionality and usability. He reiterates why his firm sees inventory optimization (IO) solutions as so important.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

ToolsGroup

Inventory configuration is usually the predominant issue in most manufacturing environments. Inventory policy is usually the predominant issue in most distribution environments. This risk pooling approach frequently requires less inventory.

How Lean Warehousing Can Ease Your Carrier Capacity Pain

LeanCor

As a result, it is increasingly difficult to secure capacity in today’s carrier market. Just-in-time delivery – Cross-docking allows for just-in-time delivery of inventory to a customer’s manufacturing facilities without driving up transportation cost by way of postponement.

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Uncork Manufacturing Bottlenecks for Optimized Production

USC Consulting Group

In the manufacturing sector, however, bottlenecks can be a serious drain on productivity, revenue, efficiency, and asset utilization. What does a bottleneck mean in manufacturing terms? However, in manufacturing, bottlenecks have their own clear-cut definition as well.

31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats

Cerasis

Many off-shore manufacturers have returned to the U.S., Those changes, along with high costs of transporting materials and finished goods to and from overseas locations, make the value of reshoring likely to become a compelling financial reality for many manufacturers.

The key ingredient to optimizing your beer production capacity (it’s not what you think)

Quintiq

While customers are becoming increasingly demanding, the beer industry has seen a trend of consolidation between brewers, thus reducing their capacity over the years. S&OP requires data from all fronts: Sales, inventory, product master data, cost and price information, and the like.

3 Inventory Control Techniques to Improve and Maintain Inventory Accuracy

Unleashed

Inventory accuracy is vital to an organisation’s long-term success. Profits depend on the sale of inventory stock and if you don’t know what or how much you are selling then you could be missing an opportunity to maximise sales. Having poor and inaccurate inventory control can be costly because it causes issues such as unplanned stock-outs, the shipping of wrong products to customers, wasted resources trying to locate misplaced items and inventory shrinkage.

Seeing Further: Using Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to Improve Visibility

IQMS

With a focus on business process improvement, our consultants are regularly out in the field guiding manufacturers and distributors that are challenged with managing the complexity of their operations. All Posts Manufacturing Trends & News Technology & Automation

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. Manufacturing manufacturing trends

Taking a Holistic View on Inventory May Lead to Change in Strategy

Talking Logistics

Inventory optimization has always been a challenge while designing and planning a supply chain. A variety of barriers can impact an effective inventory strategy, such as working in functional silos and demand/supplier volatility¹. Asking the Right Inventory Questions.

Manufacturing 4.0 and the Factory of the Future: Part One

Elementum

Sixty-seven percent of industrial manufacturers say they have ongoing smart factory initiatives. For manufacturers, AR means planning production and assembly processes out on a virtual landscape, optimizing locations of production lines and people. In Industry 4.0,

Never Ending Journey of a Private Label Manufacturer

Logility

Often, private label manufacturers can experience every stage of a customer relationship at any given time, placing tremendous stress on their supply chain operations. Some private label manufacturers leverage point-of-sale (POS) data provided by a customer.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

By using data to stock items with higher forecasted demand, they can reallocate cash that would normally be tied up in poorly performing inventory, avoid margin erosion from markdowns and dead stock, and increase overall on-shelf availability metrics.

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Why inventory management should be a company-wide conversation

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Don’t get caught having your company’s inventory management conversation alone! Re-evaluating your inventory management practices can help you overcome rising supply chain costs, increasing customer demand and the growing complexity of global operations.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

Cerasis

Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. Staying Strategic in the Warehouse with Better Inventory Flow. Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Companies must also consider the potential impact of returns and warehouse capacity. Transaction-Based Movements Inventory Flow.

Analytics in Distribution and Manufacturing Taking Center Stage

Cerasis

Part of this drive toward more interest in analytics in distribution and manufacturing comes from the ability of analytics to reduce inefficiencies dramatically and increase productivity in both physical and virtual sales environments. Furthermore, analytics are becoming more widely available through the cloud, and manufacturers and distributors of any size can reap significant benefits from implementing analytics in their operation, explains Eric Smith of Modern Distribution Management.

Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out World Class Inventory Turnover Breakthrough Elements! “If we are truly a Supply Chain Services Company, then why is our Inventory Turnover only at 7?”, In that meeting I set the target … we needed to reach double digit Inventory turns within the next year.

5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

Cerasis

Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. Previous Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing. IIoT’s Greatest Impacts on Manufacturing.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

NC State SCRC

Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Sandwiched between warehouse and distribution center, manufacturing is where the value gets added.

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment

synchrono

Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. An eKanban Pull-based inventory replenishment system monitors that each aspect of the service level agreement is being met by the supplier in real-time.

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Shaw Industries implements Collaborative Forecasting and Inventory Optimization

Supply Chain Movement

Shaw Industries, a carpet manufacturer and floorcovering provider, has recently decided to implement the Central & Collaborative Forecasting and Inventory Optimization solution from OM Partners within its Hard Surfaces division. ” Cases capacity distribution integrated planning interface Inventory Optimization itsubwaymap Manufacturing Melissa Crawley planning production scenario scheduling Shaw Industries

Manufacturing 4.0 and the Factory of the Future: Part One

Elementum

Sixty-seven percent of industrial manufacturers say they have ongoing smart factory initiatives. For manufacturers, AR means planning production and assembly processes out on a virtual landscape, optimizing locations of production lines and people. In Industry 4.0,

Manufacturers Must Seek Better Supply Chain Visibility

ivalua

For manufacturers, key functions such as sourcing and supplier management have become more challenging as the result of increasing supply chain complexity. One area that manufacturers need to focus on is improving supply chain visibility. Visibility into supplier capacity.

Using Analytics to Manage Inventory

Silvon Software

It’s true that inventory management is a challenge for both manufacturers and distributors. For example, excess inventory can cause a decrease in product turnover and a loss of profits, while stock-outs can cause backorders, unhappy customers and lost sales. Inventory Surplus.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty

QAD

But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? How does a manufacturer organize operations to meet unexpected demand shifts without creating inefficiency for the rest of the year?