Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

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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. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business.

Inventory Metrics: From Insight to Action

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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. This post will discuss some of the metrics and analysis tools that an inventory manager needs to identify risk and opportunities and to make intelligent decisions to optimize the performance of their inventory. Each metric requires context.

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The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

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Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

Modern Metrics

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While digital content and automated technologies gave birth to the modern marketer, a more real-time, digitally connected enterprise is driving modern manufacturing strategies like the Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 – all of which are grounded in Demand-Driven Manufacturing methods. As mentioned earlier, modern manufacturing concepts like The Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 The post Modern Metrics appeared first on Synchrono.

Driving Supply Chain Analytics User Adoption with Cross-Departmental Metrics

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The obvious danger of this is that business rules and data governance often don’t exist from department to department or user to user, leaving an overall picture into the health of the business that is foggy because KPIs and metrics do not correlate across the organization. Executives look at high-level company metrics, while other departments such as Finance, Sales, and Operations work at a more analytical level.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

Logility

Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?” ” To manage a supply chain containing complex dependencies between teams, departments and partner companies across international boundaries requires a rich set of metrics. However, companies often have too many independent metrics that can cause conflicts amongst competing supply chain functions. Functionally isolated metrics lead to sub-optimized supply chain performance.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

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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. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

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Putting a stick in the eye of the industry is hard work. When we study 600 public companies by peer group, at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin, only 5% drive improvement. The industry has too many events. To make the argument, let’s look at industry orbit charts in aggregate for the period of 2006-2017 for the apparel and chemical companies. An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics.

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

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Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Metrics that Matter became a three year research project. I hired a research assistant to look at balance sheets and looked at performance and really tried to figure out which metrics mattered. We interviewed supply chain leaders and in the middle of that I decided that I would write this book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

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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. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

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.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

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Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management. To monitor progress against its reverse logistics management plan, a company needs metrics that measure the financial impact of returns on the firm and on other members of the supply chain. Measures such as amount of product to be reclaimed and resold as is, or percentage of material recycled, are examples of such metrics. Energy used in handling returns : This metric is used in sustainability programs.

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

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by Jeswin Philip The Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI forecasts that the US Food and Beverage industry will experience a 2.9 % CAGR through 2022. The report also mentions that the global growth rate is almost double that of the US food industry. As with any industry, food and beverage faces its own unique set of supply chain challenges, including: Expiring ingredients, manufactured product and packaged goods. What is vendor-managed inventory?

2016: Building a Balanced Scorecard for Discrete Industries

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To help, in this blog post I share industry trends. For the discrete industries we contrast the industry averages for growth, operating margins, inventory turns, cash-to-cash cycle, revenue per employee, and SG&A ratio for the periods of 2006-2014 and 2011-2014. For each metric we show the averages and the percent change from the beginning and end of the period. All industries are in decline. Inventory Turns. 2016 is around the corner.

The Future of Inventory Management

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by Andrew Dunbar This post concludes my inventory management blog series. Throughout this series I’ve proposed an elevated role for the inventory manager that challenges the assumption that an inventory manager is a victim of his colleagues’ business decisions and plays only a limited role in formulating inventory results. Inventory management is not a stand-alone business process that occurs after other processes are complete. General News Inventory managemen

Changing the Production Performance Metric

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The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. These folks have traditionally provided master rolls of newsprint and book paper to the industry. Now, they care about how much inventory they are holding. Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn.

How Machine Learning is Transforming Industrial Production

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The question that seems to get asked more often than not is to talk about how many industrial applications we can name for machine learning. In that way, machine learning transforms an industrial operation into a system of systems that can get products to market faster at a lower cost so the company that owns it can remain competitive in its market and keep their customers happy by delivering the products they want. Industry Week confirms these issues.

2016: Building a Balanced Scorecard for Discrete Industries

Supply Chain Shaman

To help, in this blog post, I share industry trends. For the discrete industries, we contrast the industry averages for growth, operating margins, inventory turns, cash-to-cash cycle, revenue per employee and SG&A ratio for the periods of 2006-2014 and 2011-2014. For each metric was show the averages and the percent change from the beginning and end of the period. All industries are in decline. Inventory Turns. 2016 is around the corner.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

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The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ). The definition of this metric is similar to the way it sounds. This is a critical metric in regulated industries such as medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food and beverages.

Changing the Production Performance Metric

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The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. These folks have traditionally provided master rolls of newsprint and book paper to the industry. Now, they care about how much inventory they are holding. Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn.

Elephant in the Room: Thoughts on Metrics That Matter in Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drives

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Supply Chain Insights recently published a Metrics That Matter report covering both the Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) industries. Despite being hit hard by the recent recession, overall the research shows that these two industries have fared well over the last decade and are positioned to continue that success. That industry has already gone through consolidations. Semiconductor is poised to consolidate, which will have huge impact on the metrics.

Inventory Management Levers – Success Through Collaboration

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by Andrew Dunbar So you’re an inventory manager, and your CFO just asked you to reduce inventory by 10% before year end to free up some capital for next year’s big investment in R&D. But then you look at historical trends and see that lately, your inventory has been growing by 3% each quarter. Below are five levers that I believe should be available to an inventory manager to help them effectively plan and manage inventory.

Household Products Industry Stuck in Neutral and Going Backwards

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However, in the writing of the recent report on the Household Products and Beauty industries, my observation is that companies are stuck in neutral and going backwards. Both Kimberly-Clark and P&G are going backwards on operating margin while making progress on inventory turns. Who is performing the best in this industry? The industry as a whole struggled. P&G’s rate of improvement on the Metrics That Matter was lower than the peer group.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. As I sat with the team, and discussed the future of supply chain, they impressed me with their by their use of planning tools and their process diligence on building inventory strategies to enable a customer-segmented supply chain. Platitude: a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.

Measuring Up?

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The first step in the journey is to analyze balance sheet results and understand industry trends. The supply chain is a complex system with finite, and non-linear relationships between supply chain metrics that drive balance sheet results. In our analysis, only one out of ten companies successfully improves operating margins and inventory turns at the same time. We find that companies can improve one, but not two of the metrics. Analysis by Industry.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

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It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. As a result, supply chain leaders focus on unrealistic goals of inventory or costs, they will throw the system out of balance. While process industries focus on the efficient supply chain of mass production, marketing strategies focus on late-stage postponement strategies and customization. This is the case in most industries.

Are you getting the most out of your inventory management process?

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by Andrew Dunbar Inventory is often the single largest asset on a company’s balance sheet and your inventory management process can have a huge impact on your organization’s bottom line. Understandably, the inventory management process is getting a lot of attention by organizations looking to squeeze out some extra profit in a challenging marketplace. When you think about the priorities of your inventory management process, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Supply Chain Leadership Driving Industry 4.0 & Resilience During Crisis – LogiSYM July 2020

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Lockdown of cities and manufacturing plants have significantly impacted many industries’ supply chains. Relying on our experience in the industry and academic field, it is worth to say that if everything is urgent, nothing is urgent! Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0

10 Inventory Metrics You Need to Know Right Now

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You can with inventory metrics. Why should you care about inventory metrics ? With these indicators, you can benchmark your operations performance over time and against the industry average. We think these are the top 10 inventory metrics that you need to know right now. Top Ten Inventory Management Metrics. Inventory Turnover. Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Inventory. Average Inventory Level.

Speed up your eCommerce Business with Inventory Management Software

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Inventory management plays a vital role in building a sustainable, scalable and profitable eCommerce business. No matter how expert you are, how bigger or smaller your business may be, what products you sell, or who do you serve, lack in your inventory management can bring bigger challenges in your business success. Thus, inventory Management Software is really an essential tool for your business to gear itself up. What is Inventory Management System?

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. When I sat down to write the book, Bricks Matter, I believed that companies had used supply chain technologies to reduce operating margin and improve inventory turns. We are currently mapping the progress of all public manufacturing, distribution and retail companies on three factors: Strength: Year-over-year improvement on operating margin and inventory turns for the past six years.

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

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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. To help you understand the importance of tracking this metric we’ll illustrate several ways the value of your stock can change. What is inventory revaluation?

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. This is number 15 in a series that looks critically, industry by industry, to understand relative improvement of peer groups on the Effective Frontier. 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.

Supply Chain Metrics: Make Sure They Are Aligned with Your Strategy!

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Many people are talking about Key Performance Indicators, Metrics, Analytics, and other indicators of performance. The importance of selecting the right metrics or “measures” as I prefer to call them, is critical as we all know that metrics drive behaviors. Rather then selecting a plethora of meaningless metrics, it is always better to focus on a critical few, and select them wisely. Step 2 – Develop Metrics and Data Sources. Inventory Goal.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

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I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. 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 my inventory optimization report, the lowest level of satisfaction with multi-tier inventory optimization is with clients of the SAP inventory solution (previously purchased from SmartOps).