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

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

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The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?

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Source: Gartner, Cover Considerations—How to Optimize Retail and Consumer Product Inventory Targets, 2017. But I have to differ with the conclusions of a recent report, “ Cover Considerations — How to Optimize Retail and Consumer Product Inventory Targets.”.

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.

The Future of Inventory Management

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Andrew Dunbar This post concludes my inventory management blog series. Inventory management is not a stand-alone business process that occurs after other processes are complete. How does your inventory manager’s role compare to the one I’ve described here?

Why inventory management should be a company-wide conversation

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Don’t get caught having your company’s inventory management conversation alone! Re-evaluating your inventory management practices can help you overcome rising supply chain costs, increasing customer demand and the growing complexity of global operations.

Inventory Metrics: From Insight to Action

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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. So, what do you need to measure to manage your inventory ?

Inventory, inventory, inventory. They’ve all got it – inventory.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Amongst the many variables in running a Supply Chain, the one certainty in FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Agri businesses is that inventory is solely in the eye of the beholder. FMCG Forecasting & Demand Planning Inventory Management & Stock Control Supply Chain Analytics

Inventory Management Levers – Success Through Collaboration

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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. Figure 1: The theoretical on hand inventory level of a single item.

10 Commandments of Inventory Management

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations.

Is Poor Inventory Performance Holding You Back?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘ Is your company being held hostage by poor inventory performance? ’ Poor inventory performance can create a significant obstacle to growth and profitability.

Inventory Management: Technology Enablers

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Andrew Dunbar The modern day inventory manager described in this series is the backbone of your company’s inventory planning process. It should be up-to-date (daily at a minimum), and include all the input data required to make your inventory planning decisions.

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

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Two powerful levers a company can use to optimize inventory are “Working Capital” and “Customer Service Levels.” At its most basic, start with a piece of graph paper and plot your current service level on the x-axis and current inventory level on the y-axis.

1 Inventory Optimisation Success Story

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

In my last two blogs I offered three reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory optimisation. This is da story of how one organisation managed to turn around decades of frustration trying to optimise their inventory.

What Your Inventory Reveals about Your Reverse Logistics

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With the popularity of online shopping, the supply chain has become more multifaceted, increasing the importance of an organization’s reverse logistics strategy and inventory management practices. Logistics Transportation Supply Chain Inventory

Using Inventory Modeling to Develop a Holistic Inventory Strategy

Logistics Viewpoints

Top supply chain officers across the industry were recently surveyed¹ on their biggest barriers to effective inventory management. It’s no wonder: often inventory placement decisions are made in a vacuum without considering the end-to-end supply chain impact. How do you predict how much inventory to build when you can’t […]. Their top two responses were “Can’t Optimize Network Holistically” and “Demand Volatility”.

What’s New in Inventory Optimization?

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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.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Unfortunately, all the same kinds of things can happen to your supply chain inventory. Except that your inventory costs millions of dollars. So what strategies are out there to maintain inventories at the “right” level?

What's wrong with ABC inventory classification?

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ABC inventory classification has been around so long that most planners just assume it’s the only way to segment your inventory. Inventory Segmentation from the 1960s. To understand the shortcomings of ABC inventory classification, we need to understand how it is done.

Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

Logility

Supply chain leaders often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the conflicting goals of improving customer service and minimizing inventory. Companies that embrace Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) achieve, on average, a 28% increase in inventory turns.

When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance

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But we have also seen companies misinterpret the lean message when it comes to inventory. It's good to trim bloated inventory and free up working capital. But inventory optimization can actually contribute to a lean environment.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

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Inventory configuration is usually the predominant issue in most manufacturing environments. Inventory policy is usually the predominant issue in most distribution environments. This risk pooling approach frequently requires less inventory.

Why Inventory is Misunderstood

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Inventory is considered the necessary evil of the supply chain. Of course, inventory plays many important functions and while it does have a cost we need to keep inventory to protect against risks. In What Drives Inventory in Your Supply Chain?

Seven Steps to Rethinking Supply Chain Inventory Optimization

Ryder Exchange

Inbound manufacturing inventory management can be a costly challenge, even for the best supply chain and logistics teams. The solution for some, as was written previously on this topic , is to carry excess inventory to compensate for deficiencies in the supply chain management.

Fashion Retailers: Is inventory eating into your profits? (It is…)

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

CEO Inventory Management & Stock Control Supply Chain Analytics Integrated Business Planning retailI touched on the problem of expanding UK waistlines a few blogs ago and the topic popped up again recently when I was out and about shopping for clothes – no, not me.

3 reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Inventory Management Michael Thompson Integrated Planning supply chain analyticsLast week I had another chat with a client about inventory.The essence of the client's problem was - "Why can't we get our stock right? We either have too much ….

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory

Logility

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? Long-tail inventory strategies concentrate on managing the B, C, D, etc.

Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?

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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.

How Inventory Management is a problem the size of Australia

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Inventory distortion costs retailers nearly $158 for every man, woman, and child on the planet. Billion a year is the cost of Inventory distortion in North America, an amount equivalent to the annual revenues of Kroger, Home Depot, and Target combined. chem7/Flickr.

4 Ways Sonus Improved Demand Planning and Reduced Inventory by 20%

The 21st Century Supply Chain

To combat its planning issues, Sonus took four steps to improve demand, reduce inventory, and share information better across the entire network. Combining these four steps has enabled Sonus to improve daily operations in demand and supply management, inventory optimization, and S&OP.

A Good Tutorial in Inventory Management vs. Optimization

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Service Parts Planning Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Technology implications of omni-channel retail in supply chain management multi-echelon inventory optimization technology omni-channel customer fulfillment technology support Supply chain Matters blog ToolsGroup

Not So Hidden Inventory

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Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward. We went to the manufacturing plant to survey the scene, to see if we could determine the root cause of their inventory problem. Where was the inventory?

Taking a Holistic View on Inventory May Lead to Change in Strategy

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Inventory optimization has always been a challenge while designing and planning a supply chain. A variety of barriers can impact an effective inventory strategy, such as working in functional silos and demand/supplier volatility¹. Asking the Right Inventory Questions.

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.

The View from Finance: Freeing Up Cash with Inventory Optimization

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Inventory optimization is one proven way to do it. Inventory is an untapped, cash-rich asset. Most companies have some form of supply chain systems to manage inventory from production through delivery. Of course, you need inventory. Inventory Optimization

Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory: Part I

Demand Solutions

Want to reduce your inventory? And the best inventory reductions are done in a targeted, highly strategic fashion—not blindly and across-the-board. Everybody blames a bad sales forecast for the excess inventory. Take Steps Now to Reduce Inventory.

Frock Stocks & FMCG Supply Chain Inventory Decisions

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Customer service FMCG Pharma Inventory Management & Stock Control Supply Chain AnalyticsSenior Management has been on quite a shopping spree over the last few months taking advantage of various big name high street stores that have lost their lustre and even their premises in some cases.

Enhancing Supply Chain Network Design with Sophisticated Inventory Optimization

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By Chris Keller | Principal, Supply Chain Design | Chainalytics | The complexity involved in simultaneously optimizing a supply chain network and the inventory within that network has traditionally proven to be a sufficient barrier to completing such exercises.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology

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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. The basic and most limited type of inventory management system is a manual system.

10 Inventory Management Hacks You Can Do in 10 Days

Supply Chain Opz

Inventory management is one of the most important tasks for supply chain management professionals. However, most inventory control theories are too complicated or too difficult to apply to real world situations.