Inventory Management: We Can Do Better

Supply Chain Shaman

Downsizing inventories over the past decade crippled the response.” In Table 1, I share research collected for the Supply Chains to Admire analysis on the average days of inventory by industry across the period of 2004 to 2019 by increments to match economic shifts. The source of this data is a syndicated data provider of public reporting termed “Y-Charts.”). Days of Inventory Peer Group Across Time Periods. So, why have we not reduced inventory?

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? In addition, Jim says many retailers are facing inventory management challenges in the realm of “ship from store” and “pickup at store” fulfillment models.

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Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

SUMMARY: Because 4PL providers handle a company’s entire chain, including challenges that are thrown up by advances in technology, they are increasingly being favoured over third-party logistics (3PL) providers, especially by big companies with complex supply chains.

Process Based Inventory Turnover Improvement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory management is a critical area for most companies. Too much inventory, especially the wrong inventory, can negatively impact cash flow, return on investment, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

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.

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement

EFT

It has been a huge challenge to understand what is changing moment-to-moment, let alone predicting what will happen, so eft by Reuters sat down in a webinar with experts working at the coalface of inventory planning and distribution to understand what can be done to survive and thrive. Visibility is the centrepiece … not only in terms of where my inventory is, in which channel, and where to move it, but also in consumer demand, and how can I be ahead of that game and forecast the demand?”

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. It then uses this model to understand the impact of demand forecasting on inventory.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective.

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.

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.

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”.

Static Inventory an Untapped Source of Working Capital

Supply Chain @ MIT

Inventory management policies that fail to keep pace with shifting product demand can lock up valuable working capital, especially in volatile markets. By dynamically managing inventory without compromising service levels, companies can free up these unexploited reserves of working capital. Featured Strategy Clariant inventory management research MIT Global SCALE Network responsive supply chains unlocking working capital Zaraoga Logistics Center

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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.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. Many companies struggle with decisions such as “How many days of sales or inventory turns per year should we target? or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”. Structural inventory is a direct result of design choices.

The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?

ToolsGroup

Source: Gartner, Cover Considerations—How to Optimize Retail and Consumer Product Inventory Targets, 2017. But I have to differ with the conclusions of a recent report, “ Cover Considerations — How to Optimize Retail and Consumer Product Inventory Targets.”. In their report, Gartner has correctly identified the complexities of setting optimized inventory targets, but I would argue that they haven’t proposed the best way to solve it.

Is Poor Inventory Performance Holding You Back?

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘ Is your company being held hostage by poor inventory performance? ’ The authors, Anandhi Narayanan, Senior Manager, Advanced Customer Solutions, Charles Thomas, Director, IT Customer Solutions, Stacey Greene, Director of Inventory Optimization and Robert Rejano, Processes and Applications Advisor, all with Celestica, describe the critical steps needed to drive inventory performance improvements.

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

ToolsGroup

Source: Gartner Research. Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments. Traditional ABC inventory models segment inventory into A, B and C categories based on annual consumption value. As we showed in a previous blog, it’s not the only way to segment your inventory, nor nearly the best. Inventory Optimization

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.

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.

Five Tips on Sourcing Products From China

EMERGE App

Google a phrase like “sourcing products from China” and you’ll instantly be faced by almost 39 million results! You need to source for products to sell at wholesale prices to your retail customers. Also, check out the company website. Sourcing Consultant.

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. More than almost any other supply chain application, IO solutions can have a huge impact on a company’s finances.” Companies often use point-of-sale data to trigger inventory replenishment.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Dictionary.com. When I hear companies discussing the implementation of a customer segmentation strategy, I ask a series of questions: Who is your customer? I find that most of the time, companies cannot answer the first question of “ Who is your customer? In my research, I find that the companies with the most progressive procurement processes also have the most advanced customer supply chain process evolution.)Without

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.

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions.

5 Tips to Improve Omnichannel Inventory Management

Unleashed

That includes the importance of robust inventory management to retail. Ensuring you don’t fail at order fulfilment begins with understanding your inventory and supply chain. In an increasingly complex eCommerce world, keeping track of inventory is tricky. Many brands are turning to omnichannel inventory management to meet the challenge. We’re going to share five tips to help you make omnichannel inventory work for you. What is Omnichannel Inventory Management?

Solving Traditional Inventory Challenges with Online Inventory Control

Unleashed

Factors affecting inventory managament are becoming equally complex with multifaceted supply chains and vast networks of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers from which to source, distribute and sell products. Factors affecting inventory control. Inventory stock challenges range from longer, less reliable lead times to difficulty tracking inventory along the supply chain and across multiple warehouses.

Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

Talking Logistics

The research focused on the inventory visibility and optimization challenges that companies face today related to omni-channel fulfillment and the actions they should take to elevate their omni-channel performance.

Third Party Logistics Company

LeanCor

When dealing with the inherent complexities of supply chain logistics, many companies come to a point when they may wish to use a third party logistics company to manage their supply chain. Using a third party logistics company to manage the supply chain frees up your company’s resources and allows your business to focus on its own core competencies. However, cost-cutting should not be the sole reason for choosing a third party logistics company.

Solving Traditional Inventory Challenges with Online Inventory Control

Unleashed

Factors affecting inventory control are becoming equally complex with multifaceted supply chains and vast networks of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers from which to source, distribute and sell products. Factors affecting inventory management. Inventory stock challenges range from longer, less reliable lead times to difficulty tracking inventory along the supply chain and across multiple warehouses.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

The business landscape is ever changing, numerous innovations have allowed companies to transcend borders and become global entities. While the opportunities are numerous so are the challenges; in this fiercely competitive global marketplace success requires companies to pay closer attention to supplier relations. Global leaders should retain suppliers with vested interest in the long-term success of the company.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations. Then, this article will show you 10 simple principles that you can use to streamline your inventory management practices right away. 3) Forecast at the right level Standard inventory management textbooks suggested that forecast be done at a product family level.

What Does It Take To Make Sourcing Truly Strategic?

USC Consulting Group

Marketplace pressures have forced procurement professionals to abandon traditional sourcing practices and implement more responsive strategies designed to promote organizational efficiency, agility and flexibility for growth, not to mention cost reductions. For businesses on the outside looking in, it might be difficult to understand how strategic sourcing differs from other long-established procurement practices. The post What Does It Take To Make Sourcing Truly Strategic?

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

Cerasis

So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

The View from Finance: Freeing Up Cash with Inventory Optimization

ToolsGroup

If you (or your boss) are measured by your company's Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) or a similar metric, then you want to turn assets into cash. Inventory optimization is one proven way to do it. Inventory is an untapped, cash-rich asset. Most companies have some form of supply chain systems to manage inventory from production through delivery. Of course, you need inventory. Inventory is what you make, what you sell. Inventory Optimization

Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

TPSynergy

Inventory Visibility. Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation. ERP and Inventory Visibility. Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility.