What’s new in the automotive supply chain? (Hint: Inventory Replenishment Policies)

The Network Effect

Today I want to explore how automobile suppliers are improving their operations via inventory replenishment policies. Effective inventory replenishment policies in use today include the 830/862 converted to a delivery release, KanBan, Min/Max, and Sequencing.

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.”

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

ToolsGroup

Gartner Research analyst Paul Lord has developed a thought-provoking approach (shown in the above diagram) for tailoring supply and inventory tactics to different inventory segments. As we showed in a previous blog, it’s not the only way to segment your inventory, nor nearly the best.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimizing fab operations is achievable with machine learning. New products are proliferating in manufacturing today, and delivery windows are tightening.

Why probabilistic forecasting is better for inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

In this post we’ll explore how probabilistic forecasting not only creates better forecasts, but also improves inventory optimization by improving the stock levels at store and warehouse locations in your distribution network.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

ToolsGroup

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.

America First: How a New Slew of Trade Policies Will Impact Supply Chain

Elementum

US manufacturing activity dropped slightly in March. The import duties on aluminum and steel could affect many US stakeholders including automakers, aircraft manufacturers, food and beverage companies, and the construction sector. As manufacturers start building new supplier relationships, they should keep in mind a few steps to ensure that these relationships are both profitable and healthy. policy china trade international trade US

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? Inventory Optimization will make you more competitive.

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.

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

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Rise of Enterprise Mobility in Manufacturing

Cerasis

What is Mobility as it Applies to Manufacturing and Other Businesses? However, we are not referencing this kind of mobility when we are talking about mobility in manufacturing and logistics. The Rise of Enterprise Mobility in Manufacturing for Process Enablement.

Manufacturers Should Focus on This Most Critical Component for Manufacturing Operations Excellence

Cerasis

We conclude this two part series about manufacturing operations excellence by consultant Chuck Intrieri, by outlaying why manufacturers should focus on a critical component that will help sustain manufacturing operations excellence for years to come. What is Driving Sustainable Manufacturing Operations Excellence? What is the most important part of manufacturing? The most important resource in manufacturing is people.

America First: How a New Slew of Trade Policies Will Impact Supply Chain

Elementum

US manufacturing activity dropped slightly in March. The import duties on aluminum and steel could affect many US stakeholders including automakers, aircraft manufacturers, food and beverage companies, and the construction sector. As manufacturers start building new supplier relationships, they should keep in mind a few steps to ensure that these relationships are both profitable and healthy. policy china trade international trade US

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

Talking Logistics

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

How will the policy be executed? Today, there is not a well-defined template on how to build and operate a supply chain defined by customer policy and segmentation strategy. SanDisk Corporation designs, develops and manufactures flash memory storage devices and software.

Why inventory management should be a company-wide conversation

Kinaxis

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.

Creating an Actionable Plan for Unlocking Working Capital with Inventory Optimization

Arkieva

For many companies, the term “inventory optimization” has become more of a catch phrase than an actual reality. The idea of cutting inventory costs while maintaining the same level of customer service is rather elusive. Hence, reducing the need for an excess in inventory.

Why Individual Retail Stores Shouldn’t Order Their Own Inventory

ToolsGroup

In the old days, each store knew best what inventory it needed to keep shelves stocked and customers satisfied. Years ago in some organizations, central planning got a bad name when companies blindly enforced the same policy on disparate stores in diverse markets with different needs.

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

Kinaxis

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. Finance and business management will prioritize inventory reduction to increase profitability.

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.

Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

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.

Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

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.

Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

Supply Chain Shaman

” CFO of a major manufacturer. This year supply chain leaders will celebrate thirty years of progress in supply chain management; but we have not made progress on one of the funamentals: inventory management. It is not an improvement in Days Receivable or Days of Inventory.

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.

If Inventory Optimization was Easy, People would Stop Writing about It

Enterra Insights

Every supply chain professional understands inventory is a necessary evil. Carry too little inventory and you can miss out on sales and anger customers. Carry too much inventory and you increase handling costs and cut into profits. Alexa Cheater ( @Alexa_Cheater ), Product Marketing Manager at Kinaxis, explains, “From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Optimize Manufacturing Operations with these 5 Golden Manufacturing Metrics

Cerasis

Editor's Note: As a third party logistics company with a focus on better Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight management, we have several shippers who are in the manufacturing industry. We relay on guest bloggers and the expertise of others for manufacturing best practices.

The Beginner's Guide to Inventory Control and Management

Supply Chain Opz

What is Inventory Control? Here we will try to answer most common questions about Inventory Control and also provide additional resources you can use. What is Inventory Control? Inventory control often starts with how to know the demand of particular product.

Every Part Has a Purpose: Building Materials Manufacturing

USC Consulting Group

Building materials manufacturers are, of course, responsible for producing these essential supplies. home builders, especially those who intend to accelerate operations in 2019 to bridge the inventory gap , according to research from the National Association of Realtors.

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

Arkieva

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.

What is Inventory Management?

EMERGE App

What is Inventory Management? Inventory management, in a nutshell, describes your efforts to manage, assess and report on the flow of your stock of goods. You might be using pencil-and-paper, spreadsheets or sophisticated inventory management software to do this.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

Too many companies get locked into traditional processes and a familiar vicious cycle: unable to reliably forecast an increasing number of SKU combinations, they load up on inventory to accommodate long-tail, erratic demand. Blog Inventory Optimization Supply Chain Planning Featured

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Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization and Network Design - Differences?

Logility

Any time you want to optimize across an enterprise, whether it is inventory or product flows, you need to represent a logical representation of the supply chain. Some were designed to optimize manufacturing operations. Models designed for transportation problems typically struggle with manufacturing problems and vice versa. This brings us full circle to what the difference is between multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) and network design.

Do You Understand Your Chief MRO Inventory Challenges?

Logistics Bureau

Given this knowledge then, does your organisation place enough importance on the management of MRO inventory? If yours is one of them, and you’re wondering where and how to start getting a grip on MRO inventory, this post might help. MRO Inventory Forecasting: A Matter of Opinion?

Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization and Network Design - Differences?

Logility

Any time you want to optimize across an enterprise, whether it is inventory or product flows, you need to represent a logical representation of the supply chain. Some were designed to optimize manufacturing operations. Models designed for transportation problems typically struggle with manufacturing problems and vice versa. This brings us full circle to what the difference is between multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) and network design.

An Executive Q&A – Challenges of a Private Label Manufacturer

Logility

With this in mind, I spoke with Craig Ablin, vice president of supply chain with Clement Pappas , to get his perspective on a few of the unique challenges private label manufacturers face. 1) What are the top supply chain challenges you face as a private label manufacturer?

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Implementing a manufacturing process change, Resolving a significant quality issue? by John Westerveld. Here, there and everywhere | The economist.

7 Hurdles to Well-Managed Inventory and How to Top Them

Supply Chain @ MIT

Inventory mismanagement. Ingrained attitudes can block better inventory practices. Depending on which corporate silo you belong to, inventory can be a liability, an asset, or something in between. These attitudes often stand between you and your inventory management goals.