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11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Management Best Practices article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

A Global Shift for Manufacturers: Industries with Increased Demand

USC Consulting Group

It is difficult to put into exact figures the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on global industry. Overall, factory shutdown and manufacturing delays have shrunk foreign direct investment by 5-15% , as global trade and supply is interrupted. Manufacturing.

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Inventory Management Requires More than a WMS

DSI

A supply chain director for a large global manufacturing organization recently told our team, “We have invested heavily in successfully managing inventory and are utilizing our warehouse management system [WMS] to drive our digital transformation efforts and optimize our supply chain.”

How Artificial Intelligence and Global Economic Factors Affect Inventory Optimization

ThroughPut

Through the targeted use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and other technologies, leading global innovators are constantly trying to enhance the effectiveness of their inventory management. What one can’t ignore, however, is all the external factors that also directly, and indirectly, affect inventory processes.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? A company in need of lean manufacturing practices tends to be easy to identify, typically displaying multiple of the following symptoms of operational deficiency: Inventory amasses in buffer stocks. cuts inventory costs.

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31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats

Cerasis

Many off-shore manufacturers have returned to the U.S., Those changes, along with high costs of transporting materials and finished goods to and from overseas locations, make the value of reshoring likely to become a compelling financial reality for many manufacturers. manufacturers hurried to produce off-shore, believing significant cost reductions and huge profits would follow. 70% of manufacturers indicate that volatile energy costs are a major concern.

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

Cerasis

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. Unfortunately, this includes all possible processes, data collection points, and inbound to manufacturing areas.

How international shipping can be improved in today’s global automotive supply chain

The Network Effect

In earlier posts, I talked about order aggregation , new inventory replenishment policies , why a network model makes so much sense , and the all important ASN. Today I want to discuss international shipping management in the context of the new network platforms. . Understanding their supplier responsibilities as exporters is a critical performance component within a global supply chain. Visibility and timing once again take center stage related to international shipping.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

The report also mentions that the global growth rate is almost double that of the US food industry. Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. craft going global in the alcoholic beverages industry).

The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing

DELMIA Quintiq

Fulfilling this multi-faceted demand has become a major challenge for car manufacturers, who have to deal not only with countless models and colors but also with an ever-increasing range of features and options. Volatile customer demand can be bridged by making use of contract manufacturers. Contract manufacturing (CM) is a feasible way to add capacity and flexibility without investing in new facilities. The addition of a contract manufacturer provokes uncertainty.

Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency

IQMS

The Warehouse Inventory Management Software market grew to $1.4B between 2017 and 2025 with the global market reaching $4.6B Warehouse Inventory Management software and systems help reduce infrastructure costs and enable the reallocation of existing IT resources to drive productivity improvements, according to IDC. How Warehouse Inventory Management Software improves efficiency. Streamlining Pick, Pack, and Ship Operations Across All Locations.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” This is why supply chain managers are always stressing over demand forecasts — something that tops the list of most critical inventory management practices. Shipping Overseas.

ERP Sustains Manufacturing during COVID-19

IQMS

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed manufacturers to rapidly shift gears, from addressing work-from-home policies to managing extreme swings in demand and uncertain supply chains. In the process, it has highlighted an aspect of manufacturing ERP that is not as visible in more normal times— business continuity. Never in the history of ERP have we seen it play a bigger role in the continuance of manufacturing operations around the world. All Posts Manufacturing Trends & News

Analytics in Distribution and Manufacturing Taking Center Stage

Cerasis

Part of this drive toward more interest in analytics in distribution and manufacturing comes from the ability of analytics to reduce inefficiencies dramatically and increase productivity in both physical and virtual sales environments. Furthermore, analytics are becoming more widely available through the cloud, and manufacturers and distributors of any size can reap significant benefits from implementing analytics in their operation, explains Eric Smith of Modern Distribution Management.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

ThroughPut

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations. Published October 25, 2019 in Global Trade Magazine. You can’t just turn around a giant cargo ship. And when shipping to volatile countries, it becomes even harder. companies with global operations, one of the most effective ways to mitigate risk is to ship smarter. Once cargo has shipped, there are no “backsies.” economy, but also the global one.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices & the Role of Technology

Veridian Solutions

Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Instead of relying on traditional, outdated inventory management best practices, supply chain leaders should follow these 11 steps to leverage technology and improve inventory management at last. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

PINC

The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before. live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.). There’s no more the need for gate personnel or shipping and receiving office teams to interact with drivers at check-in and check-out. Major Beverage Manufacturing company.

Real-Time Inventory Management: 5 Ways Advanced Computer Analytics Will Transform Traditional Inventory Management

Cerasis

Manufacturers have always struggled to obtain the most accurate inventory levels possible. A need for real-time inventory management has arisen, but until now, we didn't have a way to make it a reality. In our predictions’ blog post from earlier this year, we noted how customization will begin to replace traditional inventory management, and essentially, customization goes back to using computer analytics to generate a more accurate, successful view of inventory management.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. What is Global Vendor Management? Global vendor management programs are based on a foundation of purchase order (P.O.) management of global vendors.

What is Inventory Optimization?

EazyStock

What is inventory optimization? You’ve heard of inventory management, and you probably already have some inventory management practices implemented in your supply chain. So what is inventory optimization? According to Wikipedia, inventory optimization is: “a method of balancing capital investment constraints or objectives and service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while taking demand and supply volatility into account.”.

Coronavirus Exposes Global Supply Chain Fragility!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Given that the epicentre of the Coronavirus is China, the leading manufacturing output country in the world, and given that the virus is cropping up all over the world, every industry and its associated Supply Chain is impacted. The ramifications for global supply disruption are enormous, and growing. How should Supply Chain leaders be responding to mitigate the impacts and manage through this latest global crisis? All of this is now being consider a global pandemic.

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Beer Marketing Strategies in a Global Pandemic and the Best 5 Tactics Heading into 2021

Unleashed

It ensures consistent repeat purchases over time, regardless of price, convenience or even a global pandemic. Marketing campaigns largely focussed on mate-ship and camaraderie. Other Half Brewing Company created the All Together global beer collaboration during the pandemic.

The World’s Largest Brands Are Using Inventory Accuracy and Yard Automation to Fight COVID-19 Chaos

PINC

In an uncertain world where supply chain disruption is becoming a certainty, here’s how good inventory management enabled by automation can help companies gain the supply chain visibility they need to keep the wheels turning. ” Maintaining the Right Inventory Balance. “But amassing inputs or inventory puts them at risk for markdowns or lost investments if merchandise goes out of style or materials deteriorate before they can be used for production.”

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory

Logility

Well to my surprise, I fired up the Google machine and, using the manufacturer and model number, I quickly found a company that specializes in providing genuine obscure OEM parts. Now, being a supply chain person, I ask myself, just how much inventory does this company have to maintain to have a part for a 17-year old refrigerator sitting on the shelf and ready to ship? On a global basis, spending totals more than $1.5

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. Due to the rapid change in global business environment, managers find it difficult to gain the edge over competitors. In this article, we will show you tips from worldwide experts that you can use to streamline your global supply chain operations. We believe many practices in global supply chain management can be applied in every industry.

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What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a collaborative blog post series about mobility in manufacturing & logistics along with Catavolt, who helps manufacturing organizations drive operational excellence with mobile apps. We encourage our audience to visit The Catavolt Blog for more relevant posts about mobility in manufacturing for best practices, tips, and great industry insights. Logistics Manufacturing Technology Transportation internet of things

E2open to Acquire INTTRA, Adding the World’s Leading Ocean Shipping Network and Software Provider, Creating an Integrated Global Supply Chain and Logistics Operating Network

E2open

E2open to Acquire INTTRA, Adding the World’s Leading Ocean Shipping Network and Software Provider, Creating an Integrated Global Supply Chain and Logistics Operating Network. Combination of E2open and INTTRA forms the Global Logistics and Supply Chain Network with Access to World-Wide Ocean Container Capacity and information. Today, one out of every four ocean containers shipped globally is booked through the INTTRA platform. MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018.

22 warehouse pros share the biggest mistakes made with inventory management (and how to avoid them)

6 River Systems

Managing warehouse inventory, on its face, seems a simple concept: Keep enough stock on hand to fulfill orders, but not so much stock that your warehouse is filled to the brim with inventory that won’t move for months (or years).

7 Core Competencies for Optimizing Global Transportation and Freight Spend

3rdwave

Managing a global supply chain network requires the ability to manage and control both global transportation execution and the associated freight spend. In a constantly shifting and competitive global trading environment, it is increasingly important to control all costs across the entire supply chain. While global freight cost varies significantly by industry and transportation mode, it is a major cost component of internationally sourced products.

How The Coronavirus Epidemic is Throttling Global Supply Chains

Logistics Bureau

Containers are piling up in ports, international shipping has been hammered, Western companies are battling to source products from traditional suppliers, and disruptions are being experienced throughout the global supply chain. Once China was hit by a Coronavirus epidemic and factories ordered closed, it was inevitable that global supply chains would be affected. COVID-19 Impact on Shipping. Deere is using costly expedited shipping to avoid disruptions.

How Microsoft & ThroughPut are helping Global Manufacturers increase Output during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and how every Operations Professional can help

ThroughPut

Automotive manufacturers are remobilizing to produce ventilators. While the Tokyo Olympics are being postponed, but heroes of a different calling are assembling together daily to achieve medal-worthy feats in keeping the base-line global supply chain operating. This is what we already enable every day at ThroughPut for our global industrial customers. Our constraint is not our ability to help global manufacturing at scale, but to help global manufacturing in time.

5 Global Transportation Themes to Look Out for in 2015

Talking Logistics

Two major shifts are changing the face of global transportation management as we know it: Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, relying on partners and data beyond the four walls of the enterprise; The very definition of global transportation management is broadening and expanding well beyond the traditional TMS scope. End-to-end supply chain visibility at the item level leads to a better picture of where inventory is.