Inventory Management: We Can Do Better

Supply Chain Shaman

In my day-to-day work in supply chain management, I find more encounter more opinions than facts. …most discussions are fueled by over-zealous and self-serving marketing programs. Downsizing inventories over the past decade crippled the response.” In Table 1, I share research collected for the Supply Chains to Admire analysis on the average days of inventory by industry across the period of 2004 to 2019 by increments to match economic shifts.

Using Technology to Improve Inventory Management

Cerasis

Using technology in the warehouse is one of the most effective ways to improve inventory management and reduce returns. Since returns represent a significant cost to companies, it is imperative for retailers to take steps to improve inventory management and manage returns. The post Using Technology to Improve Inventory Management appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

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The Go-To List of Ways to Improve Inventory Management

Cerasis

Today’s warehouse managers need better inventory management strategies. This is nothing new, but as the world has evolved, the ability to improve inventory management has evolved in stride. Supply chain leaders should follow these key strategies for.read More. The post The Go-To List of Ways to Improve Inventory Management appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

Inventory Management – Navigating the Trenches Without Losing Sight of the Big Picture

Arkieva

Inventory comes in many forms and flavors; it is the critical element of supply chains that enable a firm to respond quickly and take advantage of scale. However, managing inventory is one of the most. Inventory Management – Navigating the Trenches Without Losing Sight of the Big Picture was first posted on July 22, 2020 at 7:59 am. ©2017

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). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Inventory Management Mistakes: What Supply Chain Leaders and Managers Need to Know

Cerasis

Inventory management mistakes constitute a significant cost contributor in today’s supply chains. According to Rod Daugherty of Manufacturing.net, the costliest problem is due in large part to poor inventory visibility and planning. More than 60 percent of wholesalers routinely keep more than one month of inventory on-hand, and since 77 percent of businesses lose sales.read More. Inventory Management Supply Chain Inventory Management Mistakes

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. She has a strong understanding of supply chain fundamentals and is an expert at controlling the key levers impacting the inventory company’s investment in inventory. It should be up-to-date (daily at a minimum), and include all the input data required to make your inventory planning decisions.

Inventory Management’s Crucial Role in the Supply Chain

Kuebix

What is Inventory Management and Why is it Important? Inventory management refers to the process of ordering, storing and using a company’s goods or materials. Successfully managing inventory allows businesses to meet the demand level of their consumers with an appropriate amount of supply. Ineffective management can result in excess inventory which runs the risk […].

What Is an Inventory Management System & Its Role in Omnichannel Fulfillment?

Cerasis

Supply chain leaders often interchangeably refer to both a warehouse management system and an inventory management system as one and the same. However, systems used to manage inventory refer to the combination of technology, including hardware and software, for the following: Product identification Product matching to orders Data analysis Product labeling and management Documentation Reporting The use.read More.

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. Train your warehouse staff – I am frequently amazed (or, dismayed ) at the level of training supplied to workers in warehouses, or in shipping and receiving departments.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices & the Role of Technology

Cerasis

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.

Inventory Management

LeanCor

I propose three strategies that should get us closer to the goal, but require operational commitment of our supply chain and our company culture as a whole. Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. This requires us to push the boundaries of current inventory management practices, or hold lots of inventory network-wide.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part one)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing It happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory. Managing versus controlling inventory. The numbers (read: quantities) in the ERP system aren’t reliable because, while the company is busy “managing” its inventory, it has pretty much neglected the matter of “controlling” their inventory. Inventory management best practices.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part three)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one and part two of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices”, we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory. Here in part three, we’ll explore what other important supply chain inventory management best practices. Make sure you get the UOM conversions right , or your on-hand inventories will never be correct.

Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

The cheese on the puffs stains my hands like I feel that mis-guided past practices have indelibly colored supply chain practices. At the session, we discussed why companies have not made more progress on inventory management. Days of Inventory Pre and Post-Recession.

[PODCAST] Why Digital Tools to Optimize Inventory Management Allows Supply Chain Execs to Stay More Strategic at Every Link in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

On today’s episode, we welcome Margaret Bendis, US Marketing Specialist for a company called EazyStock a cloud-based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that optimizes inventory management. What is the future of digitization as it relates to inventory management.

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.”

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to 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. Subscribe Here!

The Future of Inventory Management

Kinaxis

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.

Inventory Management Avoiding Data Driven Disasters – Targets and Monitoring

Arkieva

Inventory management (IM) is a critical component of any successful organization where the mechanics of measuring and monitoring inventory involve KPIs, dashboards, and data science. Inventory Management Avoiding Data Driven Disasters – Targets and Monitoring was first posted on July 15, 2020 at 9:31 am. ©2017 ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

How Barcode Scanning Can Revolutionize Your Inventory Management

DELMIA Quintiq

Effectively running and maintaining a successful warehouse in the modern supply chain is increasingly challenging. Implementing something as simple as barcode scanning can completely transform your inventory management system. inventory optimization and management. These systems require barcode labels or tags to be affixed to bins or individual inventory parts. E-commerce platforms can be updated in real-time with current inventory levels.

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

After finishing the Supply Chains to Admire report and the Youtube series (to be released this week), this is my feeling. What Is Supply Chain Excellence? In the review of my first book, Bricks Matter , Keith Harrison, former Global Director of Product Supply at P&G asked me, “You mention the need for supply chains to shift from a focus on cost to value. My first observation is that the best supply chains are fit for function.

Five Suggestions for Practical Inventory Management

Logility

The real problem, however, was inventory. The client had a warehouse full of old stock that had been sitting unwanted for years , and there wasn’t enough room to accommodate the inventory that they were selling. . Just get rid of the old s tock and create plenty of room for the inventory that sells , thereby eliminating the need to move to a larger, more expensive facility. What is the right inventory level for your business? .

The Dual Reality of Inventory Management (IM): Stand Alone and Central Planning – Avoiding Data Driven Disasters

Arkieva

Inventory management (IM) typically has a dual reality in any organization. This blog will provide some basic information on CPIM to balance the SAIM focus of these webinars and most importantly position the two so that the oversight of inventory is coordinated.

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.

Inventory Management Levers – Success Through Collaboration

Kinaxis

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.

Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

Supply Chain Shaman

For the first in seven years, I was not heads-down preparing for The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Pre-pandemic only 30% of supply chain leaders were satisfied with their supply chains, and during the pandemic, business leader satisfaction is falling precipitously.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology

Cerasis

There are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory. As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. But, there are additional levels of inventory management in between. Automated Inventory Management Technology.

5 Tips to Improve Omnichannel Inventory Management

Unleashed

That includes the importance of robust inventory management to retail. Ensuring you don’t fail at order fulfilment begins with understanding your inventory and supply chain. In an increasingly complex eCommerce world, keeping track of inventory is tricky. Many brands are turning to omnichannel inventory management to meet the challenge. We’re going to share five tips to help you make omnichannel inventory work for you.

5 Tips When Using Inventory Management Software

ProcurePort

Without inventory management, businesses, economies, and societies would descend into chaos. Inventory management is one of the most crucial elements in developing strong and resilient supply-chains that aren’t affected by the volatile marketplace.

Inventory Management Remains Challenging

Enterra Insights

Every business person who deals with inventory management is involved in a balancing act. Keep too little inventory on hand and you risk losing sales and, on occasion, customers. Keep too much inventory on hand and the costs add up resulting in lower profits. It’s little wonder inventory management systems have gained popularity. Omnichannel operations exacerbate inventory management complexity. Inventory and forecasting.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Efficient supply chains may not be the most effective.

Can AI Improve Your Inventory Management?

Unleashed

In our increasingly digital world, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of our lives –and it is becoming particularly useful to business owners and inventory managers. How is AI used for inventory management? Automated inventory management.

The Bionic Supply Chain: The human, robotics, drones inventory management workforce.

PINC

If you happen to be in the Toronto area or are planning to attend the Distribution Logistics Summit in the first week of November in Toronto, Canada, I would like to invite you to attend the panel titled The Bionic Supply Chain. As markets demand not only efficiency but agility and flexibility from supply chains, next-generation models are successfully combining robotics, automation, and digital technologies to drive superior performance.

[PODCAST] Inventory Forecasting Lessons for Improved Supply Chain Network Optimization

Cerasis

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