How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. But that’s not the only shift in manufacturing.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. But that’s not the only shift in manufacturing.

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Optimization and Execution: How Manufacturing can lead the Industry Renaissance

DELMIA Quintiq

Global manufacturing today faces significant operational challenges. Companies that were unable to meet these challenges have been left behind (for example, in High Tech think Blackberry and Compaq). How should manufacturers adapt to meet the challenges and shift from product-centric to customer-centric operations? In addition to adapting strategic operations, manufacturing companies also require a tactical ability to plan and execute flawlessly at the facility level.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

Inventory Replenishment Underway

Logistics Trends and Insights

Census Bureau inventory data, for June, indicates the need for inventory replenishment as the seasonal-adjusted sales to inventory ratio declined to 1.37 Total business inventories declined 2.3% for June/May while inventories declined 5.8% Inventory Replenishment.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. I was moving from the world of manufacturing to a new world of software. The technology world moves at a quicker pace than the world of manufacturing and distribution. The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

Revealing the Value of Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense

DELMIA Quintiq

What aerospace manufacturers need is agility in their design and production processes to help mitigate the variability in supply and demand. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is one innovation in which aerospace companies have significantly invested to try to address some of their unique challenges. Additive Manufacturing is accelerating the development phase and reducing time to market.

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. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Companies need to carefully manage the asset and mitigate the waste.

Overcome Manufacturing Supply Chain Challenges with Digital Planning

ToolsGroup

The manufacturing industry has a strong heritage of adopting game-changing technologies to deliver higher quality products more efficiently. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and digital roadmaps that align with company goals do not take shape overnight. Excess and obsolete inventory.

Why Medical Device Companies Need End-to-End Inventory Visibility

DSI

The constant and rapid movement of inventory in the medical device industry wreaks havoc on manual, paper- and spreadsheet-based systems. Inventory visibility gaps result in missed orders or excessive safety stock. But with a holistic, real-time view of inventory across all points powered by mobile apps, medical device companies are capable of boosting productivity, maintaining compliance, optimizing inventory, and generating additional revenue.

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

ToolsGroup

Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%. Much of inventory is a hedge against uncertainty.

The Absolut Company: Balancing Service and Inventory Creates a Delicious Mix

ToolsGroup

With continuously shifting consumer preferences and brands around the world rushing to deliver delicious new options for alcoholic beverages, The Absolut Company has been able to navigate the increased complexity while staying true to its heritage and commitment to quality and sustainability. A recent feature in The Wall Street Journal highlighted how Absolut’s modern approach to supply chain planning balances nicely with the company’s traditional production practices.

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

DiManEx introduces Business Targets to Help Companies Identify the Value of Digital Inventory More Quickly

DiManEx

DiManEx is making it even easier for customers to select the right parts to build their digital inventory, driven by business objectives like lead time improvement and inventory value reduction. In this uncertain time, companies are hard-pressed to build a more flexible supply chain.

Logistics Companies

LeanCor

Does Your Logistics Company PFEP? Creating standard ordering processes is crucial for a logistics company to provide value to its customer. When a logistics company sets new standards for ordering, it requires major changes in the way the customer’s team members work and how suppliers receive orders. Building a PFEP (Plan for Every Part) file is one of the most effective ways for a logistics company to create standardization in an ordering process.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Cerasis

As e-commerce growth accelerates, shippers are working overtime to manage available inventory. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices.

Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. But the sheer complexity of supply chain networks, and the impact design decisions have on operational performance, makes supply chain inventory management aligning inventory investments with on-time customer delivery and margins a major challenge. Implementing inventory optimization.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Management Best Practices article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

It’s Time to Connect Manufacturers and Suppliers within the Value Network

DELMIA Quintiq

A manufacturer’s operations are constantly exposed to the risk of inconsistent supply. Upheavals in one country can heavily impact manufacturers worldwide, too. Manufacturers realized that they had no backup plans for the production of components critical to their operations. To avoid throttling or temporarily shutting down production plants in the event of a massive disruption, manufacturers need to strengthen relationships within their global sub-tier supplier networks.

Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Excess and obsolete inventory is a drain on resources, as is excessive safety stock. Managing an Inventory Investment. Inventory effectiveness measures the process that delivers the right part to the right place at the right time, while minimizing investment and meeting customer requirements. Best Practices for Inventory Effectiveness.

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

ToolsGroup

Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%. Much of inventory is a hedge against uncertainty.

How Steel Manufacturers Can Thrive in a Changing Environment

DELMIA Quintiq

This creates a need for frequent rescheduling, but many steel companies do not have the scheduling support to cope with those changes while also maximizing the hot charging rate. Very often, legacy systems or spreadsheets are the go-to solutions for locally planning every resource in the steel plant — inventory, machine allocation and workforce. Industrial Equipment Industry Standards Manufacturing Calculations KPI Based planning steel steelmaking

What is Inventory Shrinkage?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Shrinkage article and permission to publish here provided by Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com. There are many terms for inventory shrinkage: warehouse shrinkage, product shrinkage, loss of product. ECommerce businesses experience inventory shrinkage when items are damaged on warehouse shelves or disappear during shipping or receiving. The best way to explain inventory shrinkage is an example.

Why probabilistic forecasting is better for inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

In this post we’ll explore how probabilistic forecasting not only creates better forecasts, but also improves inventory optimization by improving the stock levels at store and warehouse locations in your distribution network.

Digital logistics: how manufacturing companies can profit

DELMIA Quintiq

He used the example of a joint project with a customer, a leading worldwide manufacturer of plastic packaging, to drive his message across. At the same time, executives of the industrial company wanted to raise planning quality. Of course, the customer’s management hoped the improved planning would have a positive influence on success-relevant factors, such as inventories, set-up times, the amount of overtime, delivery performance and delivery service.

Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A motor manufacturer’s warehouse space and on-hand materials were growing exponentially as it received, processed, and stored material for potential future use. As a result, warehoused inventory increased from one to seven warehouses due to lack of a defined inventory and replenishment strategy. The motor company desired the right mix of on-hand SKUs in order to optimize material flow from one warehouse instead of the seven it currently operated.

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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. Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) looks at the end-to-end supply chain to enable users to make more informed decisions about the location, amount and type of inventory. Inventory (both finished goods and materials) can then be allocated to more critical demand. Inventory OptimizationAs the (U.S.)

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Unfortunately, all the same kinds of things can happen to your supply chain inventory. Except that your inventory costs millions of dollars. Those of you that manage inventories know how hard it can be to get the quantities just right.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy. The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”.

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. The Problem: Seamless Omnichannel Experiences Extend Beyond Retailer-Customer Relationships Keeping up with customers’ demands has natural implications for business-to-business sellers, including manufacturers. Manufacturers still using disjointed processes and operating in functional silos are unable to keep up with demand.

Trends In Manufacturing: 5 Tangible Technologies are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Now

Cerasis

Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017. In fact, rapid design and lightning-fast prototyping, reports Mark Dohnalek of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine , will allow manufacturers to design and produce products in a few days, if not hours. Manufacturing

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. It’s about learning to transition from long-held inventory systems and processes, having new conversations across logistics and sales, and the shifting role of supply chain planners. This article will share five things you need to know about optimizing inventory in the digital age.

Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

What is Inventory Management? For Manufacturing it’s about carrying zero or minimum inventory. For Logistics the focus is on high inventory turns. Inventory Management is about having a right balance of expectations from different functions of the supply chain.

How Food Manufacturing Software Drives Profit [w Case Studies]

Unleashed

Effective inventory management is crucial to reducing costs in any manufacturing business. This is particularly true in the food manufacturing industry, which characteristically has a high volume of products stored, and an urgent need to fill existing client orders to match ongoing consumer demand. Cost reductions in food manufacturing can be achieved by using food manufacturing software that improves ordering processes and minimises overstocking of expensive raw ingredients.