Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced.

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.

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

Cerasis

While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes. With 7 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) tied up in inventory, reports the 21 st Century Supply Chain Blog , your organization must go beyond the analytics and understand the broad impact of analytics in your company. Better Inventory Management Needs Complete Control.

Inventory Can Be Scary

ToolsGroup

“Your inventory problem is scary because you’re selling out before you can make new items to meet demand”. Many retailers agree that inventory can be scary. Inventory distortion” (the combined cost of out-of -stocks and overstocks) accounts for $1.1

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar).

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.

NRF 2015: Big Data, Inventory Centralization, and the Cloud

Logistics Viewpoints

Business Intelligence Cloud/Software-as-a-Service Inventory Management Omni-channel logistics Replenishment Retail Supply Chain Planning Another year, another NRF Big Show in the books.

Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

At the session, we discussed why companies have not made more progress on inventory management. In the case of Apparel and Automotive industries there are slight improvements, but they have shifted inventories to suppliers. Days of Inventory Pre and Post-Recession.

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.

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.

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Can we use historical data to plan for demand and design our networks, or is there a better way? If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked.

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. The concept of inventory health is based on this expectation.

Mining Supply Chain Data for Insights

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last quarter, with the help from Cloudera, we built a data lake of with data from 1449 public companies. We loaded 493 financial metrics from balance sheets and income statements for each company into the data lake for the period of 2004-2016 using YCharts data.

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Inventory Management

LeanCor

Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. This leaves us with one option: pushing the boundaries of current inventory management practices.

Additional Data Reflects Inventory Overhang and Global Trade Contraction Concerns

Supply Chain Matters

Once more, there are concerning questions whether there is too much inventory overhang. Earlier in the week, data compiled by The Wall Street Journal and trade research group Zepol Corp. Concerns are growing regarding the current holiday surge period after recent reports regarding inbound and outbound transportation movements. indicates that for the first time in […].

Managing E-Commerce Fulfillment Spikes With Data Analysis

Cerasis

This creates a major problem for managing e-commerce fulfillment when orders spike and shippers need to understand how data analysis may help. Disjointed systems and data silos, creating delays in processing and deficiencies in visibility. Data E-Commerce Logistics

7 Benefits Realized Utilizing Big Data to Optimize Supply Chains

Cerasis

The company focuses on high tech industries such as telecome , data storage, data centers, bio-medicine, and any company who needs supply chain visibility and proactive supply chain services for replacement parts and more. All of these factors make using big data valuable.

Supply Chain Big Data: Why Supply Chain Leaders Are Using Big Data Analytics

Cerasis

Thanks to data gathering programs, supply chain software , and data entry applications, this represents a mountain of data, which has the potential to provide ground-breaking insight into how to improve business-model efficiency. As a result, business leaders can reap a significant return on investment by thoroughly analyzing this data. What Is Supply Chain Big Data? Supply Chain big data is the ultimate compilation of data gathered in the course of business.

Supply chain data: Bad data delivered faster is still bad data, and leads to bad decisions

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage When approaching the concept of knowing sooner and acting faster, and the value of concurrent planning, the most common feedback I get from supply chain executives is: “But my data is bad… I mean, really bad.”. Clearly, proving ‘data fix’ projects aren’t the answer.

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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. All your data’s in one place. Your planning system should combine all your company’s data in one system.

Three Key Themes in the New Inventory Optimization Vendor Ranking

ToolsGroup

The 2018 Nucleus Research Inventory Optimization (IO) Value Matrix Report has just been released, and analyst Seth Lippincott identifies the latest technology trends, top inventory optimization solution providers, and the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor. Inventory Optimization

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.

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. Implementing inventory optimization.

What is Inventory Carrying Cost?

EMERGE App

But while the newly arrived goods sit in your warehouse, did you know that there are also costs associated with keeping inventory? They are collectively called inventory carrying costs because they need to be paid to hold inventory. What is Inventory Carrying Cost?

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.

Freight Data Trends for 2019 and How a TMS Will Grow in Value

Cerasis

The application of data can help shippers gain control of shipping costs and make informed decisions, and the top freight data trends for 2019 exemplify how the use of a transportation management system (TMS) can further this cause.

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How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?

Cerasis

Supply chain leaders are enthralled with the idea of using big data, but they tend to fail to understand how to disseminate big data in their organization properly. Ask Traditional Questions, and Let Big Data Provide Answers. Inventory location and management.

This is Not Your Father’s Inventory Optimization

Logility

The first commercially available single-echelon inventory optimization solution was introduced in the 90s and the first commercially available multi-echelon inventory optimization solution was introduced in the early 2000s. Inventory Optimization

7 Avoidable Data Errors in Your Supply Chain Data

Kinaxis

by Palvashah Durrani The Devil is in the Data Details: Entering a New Global Market. One of these challenges that you might not think of immediately is big data in your supply chain —specifically the quality of your data. Here are 7 data issues you might need to watch out for: 7.

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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

Supply Chain Matters

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. This included monthly reviews between business units and central operations teams and adaptive inventory segmentation policies.

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.

How Supply Chain Inventory Optimization Minimizes Costs

Descartes

Many companies struggle with supply chain inventory optimization. They need to overcome distributed data and inventory, navigate complex networks of locations, and manage configurations of thousands of parts. Inventory management is the.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. In the research for the inventory optimization and the S&OP reports, I find a handful of VERY experienced SAP clients doing codevelopment with the SAP IBP product.

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.