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.

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.”

Supply Chain News on Inventory Performance 2015 and Some Interesting Comparisons

Supply Chain Digest

Last in a Series, we Look at Different Inventory Turns in 2014 by Dfferent Companies within a Sector

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. So, what do you need to measure to manage your inventory ?

Creating an Actionable Plan for Unlocking Working Capital with Inventory Optimization

Arkieva

For many companies, the term “inventory optimization” has become more of a catch phrase than an actual reality. The idea of cutting inventory costs while maintaining the same level of customer service is rather elusive. Hence, reducing the need for an excess in inventory.

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

Kinaxis

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. So what strategies are out there to maintain inventories at the “right” level?

High Inventory Levels: Overcoming the Challenge

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High Inventory Levels: A Problem for Everyone. Small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) often ignore high inventory levels. But surprisingly, high inventory levels aren’t only a challenge for SMBs; large enterprise corporations are fighting similar battles.

Financial Benchmarking for Inventory Turns and Working Capital

Arkieva

Using so called orbit charts, we have benchmarked companies on EBIT% versus Inventory Turns. That benchmark helped to reveal the ‘best practice frontier’, which in turn helped in setting aggressive but aligned targets for EBIT% versus Inventory Turns.

4 Ways Big Data is Changing Inventory Management

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It is tempting to draw a comparison between big data and master data management (MDM) as the two terms are interconnected, but they are different. This information may include inventory levels, customer information, sales and other basic data that can be moved onto one file.

Shaw Industries implements Collaborative Forecasting and Inventory Optimization

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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

Understanding Inventory Reconciliation

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It can be a pretty big task, but inventory management is necessary to keep a company afloat. One piece of the inventory management puzzle is inventory reconciliation. Let’s delve into the ins and outs of inventory reconciliation so you have a better understanding of its role in the warehouse. So, what is inventory reconciliation? This comparison allows you to see if there is a difference between your inventory stock records and what you actually have on hand.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

However, for elements like forecast error, customer service and slow-moving inventory self-reported data is not sufficient. While every company will agree that this data is VERY important, the lack of standard definition precludes comparison. This is one element of inventory.

8 Inventory Costing Methods That You Might Not Know About

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Inventory costing or valuation is an accounting concept that has a direct impact on your gross profit and thus taxable income. Methods of valuing inventory are simply different cost-flow assumptions about how to allocate your cost of goods available for sale. Retail Inventory Method.

Rossmann Optimizes Its Inventory with RELEX

RELEX Solutions

On August 31st, the journal ran an article about Rossmann’s and RELEX’s joint supply chain project where Michael Rybak (Managing director Sales, Logistics and IT) and Jürgen Mattulke (Head of Inventory Management) of Rossmann spoke about their impressive results. Overstocking of promotional products was cut by 25 % in comparison to the previous year, whereas out-of-stocks were reduced by 10 %. The post Rossmann Optimizes Its Inventory with RELEX appeared first on RELEX Solutions.

How Stocktaking Can Shed Light on Inventory Turnover

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An accurate stock take ensures that the inventory turnover ratio is going to be a reliable tool. It is a powerful part of inventory management and allows the business to make smarter decisions on what parts of the inventory stock they should invest in. An accurate stock take can ensure consistency for your business when assessing inventory. Inventory turnover. Rather, it’s your average inventory during this time period. Average inventory.

Healthcare: A Call For Action

Supply Chain Shaman

In comparison, in consumer products, P&G, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and Wegmans have championed many industry value-chain initiatives. However, we can start with inventory management and the tracking of materials in the hospital more efficiently.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The concept of the Effective Frontier is that best in class companies align functional metrics to balance growth, cost, inventory and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) performance while balancing customer service metrics.

How To Improve Your Business’ Financial Health with Inventory Management

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Since inventory is one of the biggest assets for a company, it’s no wonder that it can impact on a company’s financial health. If inventory is poorly managed, there can be a domino effect on the company’s financial statements. There is always the opportunity for improvement when it comes to inventory management. Analyse your different types of inventory. In many companies, raw materials inventory plays the biggest role in impacting financial health.

Managing the Long Tail–Part 3: How Dart Achieved a 99.6% Service Level

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service level with about 20% less inventory. Dart implemented ToolsGroup’s multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) to address the long tail and deal with the integration challenges of combining the two firms. service level with 20-30% less inventory than before,” Goetting says.

Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

It is now our fifth year of analyzing balance sheets to understand which companies are outperforming their peer groups on the metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while driving improvement.

Personalization is Paramount – Finding Success in the New Age of Retail

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Shopping today often includes online product research, comparison price shopping between sites, online customer reviews and more – arming consumers with a wealth of knowledge before they even set foot in a store. Guest Commentary Omni-channel logistics Retail Inventory Management omni-channel retail supply chain supply chainRetail is in the midst of a fundamental shift, thanks to the emergence of the digitally-savvy consumer.

How to Increase Profit from Inventory in Multiple Warehouses & Store Locations

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There are ways to more easily manage inventory across multiple warehouses and store locations. An Overstock Transfer approach considers all of the inventory on hand in the organization. This not only includes distribution center and warehouses, but also stores in the region with excess inventory. As a result, not all inventory transfers are profitable. Also, the amount of inventory that needs to be replenished could be more than the overstocked quantity.

Indiana Jones and the supply chain bullwhip effect

Kinaxis

A small shift in customer demand essentially cracks the whip, and the further a supplier is from the demand, the more significant the impact, which inevitably leads to increasing swings in inventory for suppliers. For comparison: A commercial jet at takeoff comes in at 140 dBA.

L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

The award, based on beating the industry peer group on rate of improvement on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while outperforming their peer group, is tough to achieve. Orbit Chart Comparison of L’Oreal and Estee Lauder.

Healthcare Supply Chain Software: Features You Need

Hybrent

Software that features customized search, price comparisons, and automatic updates does just that. Inventory Management. Healthcare supply chain management software takes the guess work out of inventory because it is directly tied to ordering. That means inventory is updated in real time to reflect when items are ordered, in stock, or on back-order. Healthcare supply chain management software has the potential to improve efficiency and delivery cost savings.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

Overall results in business performance on the critical supply chain metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) are declining. Let’s start with a discussion on inventory. In Table 1, we share the comparison of inventory levels by the industry peer groups pre and post-recession. Despite the investment in technology and whiz-bang approaches, inventory levels today are significantly higher than the pre-recession period.

Meeting the Demands of a Multichannel Pricing Strategy

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This strategy is particularly effective for clearing the warehouse of surplus inventory stock and with the real-time functionality of an online inventory management system, the sales platform will update immediately when stock has sold out. In comparison, the costs of brick-and-mortar stores are largely dominated by fixed costs. It’s one of the many great ways to get rid of surplus or slow-moving inventory stock. Online inventory management.

Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning

ToolsGroup

Gathering the necessary data to formulate an accurate comparison between previous results and those provided by machine learning is an excellent way to establish confidence in your results. Increased inventory turns by 25%.

Top considerations for your Future SC Software Selection

The Supply Chainer Report

Let’s imagine that you have a bunch of softwares in scope but it seems impossible to start your comparison. Most often applied to inventory and supply planning problems. Technology provides capabilities to optimize the operational planning processes of a company.

The New JDA Flowcasting Solution

Supply Chain Nation

These collaborative forecast initiatives had positive impacts on inventories and service levels. The JDA solution supports: Scenario creation and comparison , particularly scenarios that support a proactive restructuring of the supply chain.

How the Supply Chain Can Improve Healthcare for All

Logility

These inventory challenges and others require all life science industry manufacturers to optimize the type of inventory (raw, WIP, finished), how much of each and where it is stored to provide a high level of patient care. eBook: The Inventory Optimization Handbook.

Mastering Store Logistics

Supply Chain Nation

One of the many challenges this presents is a dramatic shift from linear inventory flows to more complex multi-point flows between DCs, stores and customers. . One solution is simply to stuff the supply chain with more inventory. Store Inventory Visibility.

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2017?

ToolsGroup

Answering this question requires (1) a data set which can provide the correct basis of comparison (like the MLS in the housing market) and (2) employing an approach that controls for key differences between data points in the data set (like house size, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, in his analogy).

Q&A on the Supply Chains to Admire

Supply Chain Shaman

They had to be publicly traded, we had to have a nearly complete data set for the years studied, and they had to have a peer group of at least six companies to be able to draw the comparisons. We know that this is not perfect; but it is the best that we could do, and we think that it is a fairer comparison than putting all companies in a spreadsheet and shaking them up without any consideration for peer group analysis. There are a lot of misconceptions about inventory.

Have You Given Your Planner Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

Note the comparison to the larger population. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reached out to discuss the rising inventories near the Port of Los Angeles. As I write this blog, Valentine cards scatter my desk.