The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

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. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy.

Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive


shippers need an efficient and effective Distribution Center (DC) to support this consumer spending peak that takes place typically at this time of the year. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume. Make your Inventory Omni-Channel.

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Holiday Logistics: 5 Things Any Shipper Can do Now in the Warehouse or DC to Plan & Stay Competitive


shippers need an efficient and effective Distribution Center (DC) to support this consumer spending peak that takes place typically at this time of the year. Benchmark DC Systems to Handle the Volume. Make your Inventory OmniChannel.

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8 DC and Warehouse Slotting Considerations for More Efficient Warehouse Operations


If you are a manufacturing company or distributor, you most likely are using a warehouse or distribution center to make sure you are able to store inventory, replinish store fronts, and easily send goods to customers or receive goods for manufacture or distribution. First Things First, Do You have all The Tools To Set You Up for DC Or Warehouse Slotting? Your Warehouse Management System (WMS) must reflect these storage locations for proper location control in your warehouse or DC.

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To DC Or Not To DC? That is the Warehousing Design Question!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The cost of adding a Distribution Centre in terms of capital expenditure, operating costs, inventory breakage, systems, and organizational support can be extensive. The post To DC Or Not To DC? Subscribe Here! Email Address. Check out 5 E-Commerce Order Fulfillment Choices! The fast growing E-Commerce channel makes it an attractive avenue for most companies to participate in.

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Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?


Industry analysts have pointed out an obvious fit with inventory optimization. If retailers optimize their inventory—dynamically aligning their supply chains to changing customer preferences and behavior—they can position inventory to satisfy demand at the lowest possible cost.

Strategic Logistics: 8 Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency


Today we will talk about the flow of strategy as pertains to inventory flow and driving warehouse efficiency. Staying Strategic in the Warehouse with Better Inventory Flow. Throughout the entire order fulfillment process, companies have a duty to ensure optimum warehouse efficiency by appropriately controlling inventory flow. Warehouses should also consider implementing these best practices to ensure effective warehouse management and maintain control and flow of inventory.

Spotlight on PROMAT 2019: USA trends in DC Equipment and Digital Consciousness

Logistics Bureau

In this article, I will give you a glimpse of some of the distribution centre (DC) trends and technologies that Australian firms should be aware of. Inventory and network optimisation is forecast to reach 75% adoption over the next two years, and 90% over the next five years.

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Editor’s Pick: The Ideal Inventory Optimization Approach for Omni-channel Retailers

Talking Logistics

In this post, Scott Fenwick, Manhattan Associates ’ senior director of product management, describes how to take inventory optimization in an omni-channel environment to the next level. There are many reasons why: When the distribution center (DC) is out of something displayed on the website, it can be fulfilled from store inventory. What do superconsumers have to do with inventory optimization?

3 Key Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization Challenges and How to Overcome Them


When it comes to inventory optimization , companies often have to play a delicate balancing game to ensure that they have optimal levels of inventory. If your forecast numbers are too high, you run the risk of holding costly excess inventory and reducing available cash on hand.

How AI Solves the Riddles of Inventory Management

Aera Technology

by Kaushal Dave, Vice President of Cognitive (AI) Solutions, Aera Technology The problems that pervade inventory management are well known: Excess inventory languished in warehouses, tying up millions of dollars in working capital. How can we best manage expiring inventory?

The Inventory Balancing Act: What’s Tipping the Scales?

Supply Chain Nation

Inventory optimization has always focused on two intersecting balancing acts—balancing supply and demand, and balancing inventory costs with customer service levels. First, they want to Improve Inventory Control and Accuracy.

Three Key Trends From The WERC DC Measures Survey


WERC’s Annual DC Measures Survey is a great tool for benchmarking your distribution center and warehouse operations, but it’s also a valuable resource for identifying trends across the industry. The metrics cover inventory, warehouse operations, financial, and labor-related measures.


The Lean Supply Chain

Your Warehouse Management System (WMS) must reflect these storage locations for proper location control in your warehouse or DC. You should concentrate on this 20% and have them available for picking upfront in your warehouse or DC.

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Five good habits that make for better supermarket inventory management

RELEX Solutions

There are few challenges in retail tougher than managing groceries ; optimizing a broad inventory that includes fresh and short-shelf-life products is not easy. In DC environments we usually do this by introducing batch level inventory balances with ‘sell-by’ date information.

The Most Profitable Hub and Spoke Replenishment Model

Herlitz Inventory Management

Retailers with multiple locations inevitably have to deal with higher inventory costs because they need to hold the same items in multiple locations. Hub and spoke means that instead of having each distribution center order from various vendors individually, one DC acts as a hub.

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The Future of Distribution and Fulfillment – What We Know, and What We Will Find Out

Logistics Viewpoints

ARC Advisory Group, in partnership with DC Velocity magazine, has just launched an online survey of logistics practitioners to evaluate the future direction of today’s distribution facilities, technologies, and practices. The survey is designed to obtain a multi-faceted overview of the changing demands placed on fulfillment operations and how practitioners are responding by adjusting processes, investing in technology, reconfiguring DC layouts, and expanding networks.

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 1, 2018

Supply Chain Digest

DC Workers Increasingly Expensive, Salaries for Procurement Professionals Make Big Jump in 2017, Best Buy Makes Bet in More Inventory, Chinese 3PL Giant Making Huge Logistics Investments

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Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


In turn, these containers sit for about 5 days before being transported to the Nike distribution center next door and stocked inside the DC. The choice of Leuven, Belgium as the site for Nike’s DC may seem like an odd one.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  


With inventories shrunk to a minimum, any hiccup in deliveries from the warehouse can idle machines and even entire production lines. In the warehouse, this breaks into two areas: automating the physical movement of goods and automating the capture and use of inventory records.

RFID, AIDC and IoT News on More Insight into RFly Technology from MIT for Taking DC or Store Inventories with RFID, Drones

Supply Chain Digest

Key is Use of a Relay on Drone to Repeat Signal to Reader, Expanding Reach Range 10 Fold versus Current Technology

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How Adding Ship-from-Store to an Omni-channel Strategy Changes the Retail Network

Talking Logistics

Additionally, ship-from-store improves margins by providing demand to slow moving inventory trapped at a store. Utilizing store inventory to ship e-commerce orders enables the last remaining units for the entire country. In a time when even small retailers are competing with companies such as Amazon, the ability to ship from store can be a differentiator, enabling new points of distribution without the cost of adding a new distribution center (DC).

Why a Demand Signal Repository is key to a shelf-connected supply chain

The Network Effect

Mirroring store-level ordering policies by writing algorithms that estimate store order policy logic at the DC so that CPG companies can optimize both replenishment and transportation. Yuko Honda/Flickr.

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My Vision for Supply Chain 2020? Deep Integration!


If I look at retailers it is still common to have private label suppliers stuffed with inventory, central or regional DC’s stuffed with inventory and shops stuffed with inventories. I was lucky to pursue a Phd in multi-echelon inventory optimization.

What Are Dark Warehouses and What Do I Need to Know?


According to Ben Ames of DC Velocity , dark warehouses refer to the full automation of material handling equipment, warehouse execution systems , and automatic identification of inventory and shipments. Demand to increase efficiency in warehouse management is at an all-time high.

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Replenishment in a Shelf-Connected Supply Network

The Network Effect

With full execution control, any remaining forecast error can be managed in such a way that minimizes its impact on customer service levels as well as replenishment costs, without over-investing in inventory. Accurate store inventory data is required to forecast shipments with low error rates.

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The Amazon Revolution, Part II: Tuning Your Multichannel Supply Chain to Compete


Supply chains inventory pools must be positioned to fulfill a wide item assortment that is customer behavior agnostic, a ccommodating both e-commerce or brick-and-mortar purchases. An Amazon recruiting poster. In the retail revolution, Wal-Mart first brought low-cost goods to the shelf.

The New JDA Flowcasting Solution

Supply Chain Nation

These collaborative forecast initiatives had positive impacts on inventories and service levels. The model understands store and retail DC reordering policies, as well as CPG manufacturing and delivery lead times.

Omni-channel vs Multi-channel: How many E-Commerce Fulfillment Solutions do you have?

Supply Chain Game Changer

There are many different ways that you can fulfill an online customer order: In the “Standard” case the company has a Distribution Centre (DC) solution. You may own and operate the DC or you may have outsourced this responsibility. Check out To DC Or Not To DC?

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Exploring the Eight Layers of Matrix Retail

Supply Chain Network

Below in Products and Presentation we’ll talk more about how ongoing product deployment and replenishment at store and DC level might most effectively be changed to support the omni-channel world of Matrix Retail.

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Probabilistic Forecasting Can Extend the Life of SAP APO


For instance, two products with the same aggregated historical sales get the same forecast, even though a look at the details reveals widely different order patterns and therefore the need for different amounts of inventory to handle those different demands.

Neat Little Bows—There’s a better way to manage your promotions

The Network Effect

Some retailers went so far as to have separate logical inventory buckets in their distribution centres – one would hold promotional inventory and the other would hold regular inventory. If a store needed to replenish regular stock, a pull order would be triggered to the DC.

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Editor’s Pick: Profiles in Yard Management Excellence – Batory Foods

Talking Logistics

A national food ingredient distributor, Chicago-based Batory Foods had recently opened a 700,000sf flagship DC in Wilmington, Ill., As part of that growth, the company began offering 3PL services for one of its current suppliers, which also wanted to outsource its DC operations (from the same facility). “A That meant we had to manage the container locations, maintain accurate inventory, and then share that information with our partners.”.

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Technology’s Ever-increasing Role in Supply Chain Functions


In a Logistics Viewpoint survey , 50 percent of businesses reported sharing inventory across all channels or engaging in omni-channel practices. Additionally, the overwhelming majority, 98 percent, of businesses reported sharing inventory between online and retail locations. When a driver arrives at a distribution center (DC), the app can provide direction for which loading to find, how long the loading will take, and provide digital paperwork to handoff at the destination.

So You think You Can Replenish?


One of the most profitable moves a supply chain team can make is optimizing replenishment in a multi-tiered distribution network (manufacturer to DC, DC to Retailer, etc.). Factoring individual DCs’ inventory positions into replenishment decisions.

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