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. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business.

Inventory Metrics: From Insight to Action

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar Over the last several weeks, this blog series on Inventory Management has explored the objectives and roles of inventory managers and outlined several of the improvement levers available to them. This post will discuss some of the metrics and analysis tools that an inventory manager needs to identify risk and opportunities and to make intelligent decisions to optimize the performance of their inventory. Each metric requires context.

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My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

Tomorrow, I have a call with a manufacturing company to answer the question, “ What is the most important concept in the book?” While Joe is trying to balance the feedback from Filipe and Frank, he is often asked to change his metric targets by his CFO named Lou. After two years of research, I think that we throw the supply chain out of balance and limit its potential through the use of traditional and functional metrics. Achieving Balance in Metrics.

The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

Driving Supply Chain Analytics User Adoption with Cross-Departmental Metrics

Logility

The obvious danger of this is that business rules and data governance often don’t exist from department to department or user to user, leaving an overall picture into the health of the business that is foggy because KPIs and metrics do not correlate across the organization. Executives look at high-level company metrics, while other departments such as Finance, Sales, and Operations work at a more analytical level.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

Logility

Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?” ” To manage a supply chain containing complex dependencies between teams, departments and partner companies across international boundaries requires a rich set of metrics. However, companies often have too many independent metrics that can cause conflicts amongst competing supply chain functions. Functionally isolated metrics lead to sub-optimized supply chain performance.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. The handful of companies in the top quartile of working capital performance had working capital expenditures as a percentage of overall revenues of between 6% and 10%.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

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. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Metrics that Matter became a three year research project. I hired a research assistant to look at balance sheets and looked at performance and really tried to figure out which metrics mattered. We interviewed supply chain leaders and in the middle of that I decided that I would write this book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

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. Reason #9 Relentless pursuit of one supply chain metric at the expense of other metrics. Yet, these are similar instructions as what is passed down to the supply chain from executives focused on a specific supply chain metric. Inventory needed because of long lead time?

Sales Dashboards: 16 Metrics For Manufacturers

Silvon Software

The more challenging part of dashboarding, however, gets down to the actual metrics that should be included as part of a performance management strategy. As a place to start, I thought I’d provide a shortlist of both simple and more complex metrics that our manufacturing and distribution clients are using in their dashboards today. Today’s post focuses on Sales metrics only. By sales organization or company structure – Region, Territory, Division, Business Unit.

Supply Chain Dashboards – Key Metrics For Manufacturers

Silvon Software

As I mentioned in my previous post, Sales Dashboards – 16 Metrics for Manufacturers , a strategy for measuring business performance should also incorporate metrics that focus on the supply chain and other operational areas of the enterprise. Supply chain metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) are sometimes a bit tougher to compile than sales metrics. Inventory Turns and Sales-to-Inventory Ratio.

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.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). For the past 30 years I have been involved with multiple efforts to build a set of supply chain metrics and have learned a few things along the way.

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.

Logistics Company

LeanCor

2 Key Inventory Metrics Your Logistics Company Should Be Measuring. ADOH represents how much inventory a process has stored expressed in terms of how many days that process could sustain activity by consuming the stored inventory. ADOH is an appropriate measure of lead time your logistics company should use because replenishment is based on consumption, and eliminating the time between consumption and replenishment reduces waiting and increases velocity.

Inventory Management: Technology Enablers

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar The modern day inventory manager described in this series is the backbone of your company’s inventory planning process. She has a strong understanding of supply chain fundamentals and is an expert at controlling the key levers impacting the inventory company’s investment in inventory. Your planning system should combine all your company’s data in one system. Interested in learning more about inventory management?

DIFOT: A Metric of Supplier Performance

Unleashed

Delivery In Full On Time, or DIFOT, is a metric used to analyse how accurate and efficient your supply chain is. When it comes time to reassess the approved supplier list, then you can use these metrics to disqualify problematic suppliers and improve your own performance and supply chain. If you are measuring your own DIFOT scores as a distributor, you can use the metrics to promote your own success and ability to fulfil demand.

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

Cerasis

With the growth of sustainability initiatives , more companies have adopted the use of recycled materials in production and have developed procedures for the responsible disposal of products that cannot be recycled or reused. Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management. To monitor progress against its reverse logistics management plan, a company needs metrics that measure the financial impact of returns on the firm and on other members of the supply chain.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service

QAD

Very little has more impact on a company’s success than customer satisfaction. Most people realize that on-time delivery plays a key role in how business’ satisfy customer needs, but customer satisfaction can be an expensive undertaking if the company doesn’t manage all aspects of customer service and the business processes that affect them. Companies often absorb the cost of expedited shipments when the delays are attributable to internal factors. Choosing Metrics.

How to Measure Inventory Health

ToolsGroup

Financial executives measure inventory health with metrics like inventory turns because they view the firm from a financial viewpoint - such as how much working capital is being tied up. But from an operational supply chain planning perspective, turns is a crude metric because it doesn’t recognize the difference between “good” and “bad” inventory. Gartner delved into this issue in a recent report, Build the Capability for Inventory Health Assessment.

Manufacturing Metrics that Actually Matter (The Ones We Rely On)

synchrono

LNS Research blogger Mark Davidson said, “When it comes to metrics, it’s often said that what gets measured gets done.”. Mark also writes: “Metrics that have the attention of business and manufacturing leaders tend to be those that get measured and improved upon by their employee teams.”. But are employees being rewarded for metrics that do not in turn reward demand-driven flow and the customer signal (both real and imagined)? Metrics for Action.

Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

synchrono

When we look at the organizations of today, words like efficiency and productivity get thrown around with little understanding of what is required to improve one of these measurements (metrics). Let’s discuss why an efficiency metric is usually not the right metric and what a Lean manufacturing expert does when measuring true value in the supply chain. This is so important, but is not a traditional measurement that companies use.

The Future of Inventory Management

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar This post concludes my inventory management blog series. Throughout this series I’ve proposed an elevated role for the inventory manager that challenges the assumption that an inventory manager is a victim of his colleagues’ business decisions and plays only a limited role in formulating inventory results. Inventory management is not a stand-alone business process that occurs after other processes are complete. General News Inventory managemen

Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

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. The equivalent of 7% of America’s GDP is tied up in inventory, and accounts receivable and payable. Implementing inventory optimization. The challenges of inventory optimization can be immense.

Business Intelligence vs. Inventory Optimization: Are You Solving Symptoms Instead of the Real Problem?

ToolsGroup

In my decades of working in replenishment and inventory optimization, I’ve noticed that many companies seek solutions to symptoms rather than the underlying problem. I want to let you in on a secret: software companies are happy to sell you something you don’t need.

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

I see many companies shifting to a more balanced approach as companies strive to become more demand driven. The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. And finally the fourth phase is to align the production accountability more meaningfully with company strategy. That is as important to the company’s future as making a million widgets per hour indefinitely.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

I see many companies shifting to a more balanced approach as companies strive to become more demand driven. The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. And finally the fourth phase is to align the production accountability more meaningfully with company strategy. That is as important to the company’s future as making a million widgets per hour indefinitely.

Replenishment 201: Monitoring Store-Level Inventory

SupplyPike

This month, we thought we’d dig in a little deeper and look into monitoring store-level inventory. Traited Not Valid: The item is on the modular but is not replenishing because the store manager might decide not to order the item for her store due to reasons like low sales, too many returns, too much inventory, etc. Instocks are an incredibly important metric to keep track of as well. Does the store have sufficient inventory to meet today’s forecasted demand?

Lora Cecere: ‘All the metrics must be in balance’

Supply Chain Movement

“Some companies are under the impression that they can first ‘milk’ one performance indicator before moving on to the next one. But in fact, all the metrics must be in balance,” says Lora Cecere from Supply Chain Insights. The analyst was joined by Bram Desmet, managing director of Solventure, to present her latest book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter, in Brussels on 18 March 2015. Nine out of ten companies get stuck because they’re unable to manage the holistic system.

Elephant in the Room: Thoughts on Metrics That Matter in Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drives

Kinaxis

Supply Chain Insights recently published a Metrics That Matter report covering both the Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) industries. Notice in the Supply Chain Insights report, there are only two HDD companies. Semiconductor is poised to consolidate, which will have huge impact on the metrics. With the OEM’s driving down the price, the semiconductor/HDD companies will have to follow (or innovate new products). by CJ Wehlage.

Inventory Management Levers – Success Through Collaboration

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar So you’re an inventory manager, and your CFO just asked you to reduce inventory by 10% before year end to free up some capital for next year’s big investment in R&D. But then you look at historical trends and see that lately, your inventory has been growing by 3% each quarter. Below are five levers that I believe should be available to an inventory manager to help them effectively plan and manage inventory.

Employing this S.M.A.R.T. Technique with a Logistics Company to Create Total Stakeholder Satisfaction

Cerasis

Today we continue our series on successfully working with a logistics company, often called a third party logistics company by focusing on how to properly understand the success of the engagement by knowing all the key performance indicators that a shipper could put in place. Before we fully get to establishing a framework effective KPIs when engaging with a logistics company, we must take a step back and understand how to apply the creation of stakeholder value.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. Alignment: We assess alignment by asking companies to rate each function.