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Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

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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. In the final part of my inventory management best practices series, I take a look at some additional practices that are important, or even crucial , to successful supply chain efforts.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

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It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective.

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Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

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by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. 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.

What is Inventory Shrinkage?

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Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Shrinkage article and permission to publish here provided by Jake Rheude at redstagfulfillment.com. There are many terms for inventory shrinkage: warehouse shrinkage, product shrinkage, loss of product. ECommerce businesses experience inventory shrinkage when items are damaged on warehouse shelves or disappear during shipping or receiving. The best way to explain inventory shrinkage is an example.

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

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Source: Gartner Research. 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. Traditional ABC inventory models segment inventory into A, B and C categories based on annual consumption value. As we showed in a previous blog, it’s not the only way to segment your inventory, nor nearly the best. Inventory Optimization

The Complete Guide To Calculating Total Manufacturing Costs

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To calculate total manufacturing cost you add together three different cost categories: the costs of direct materials, direct labour and manufacturing overheads. Expressed as a formula, that’s: Total manufacturing cost = Direct materials + Direct labour + Manufacturing overheads.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

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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.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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Source: Dictionary.com. Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. SanDisk Corporation designs, develops and manufactures flash memory storage devices and software. The company is the third-largest manufacturer of flash memory in the world. The supply chain is vertically integrated and global shipping almost 2 million units daily.

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

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The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. It had a fascinating mention of " Additive Manufacturing " (AM) and how it could be a game changer.

3 Inventory Control Techniques to Improve and Maintain Inventory Accuracy

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Inventory accuracy is vital to an organisation’s long-term success. Profits depend on the sale of inventory stock and if you don’t know what or how much you are selling then you could be missing an opportunity to maximise sales. Having poor and inaccurate inventory control can be costly because it causes issues such as unplanned stock-outs, the shipping of wrong products to customers, wasted resources trying to locate misplaced items and inventory shrinkage.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

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Still in all most fabricators have seen steel sales rise and customer demands and inventory requirements increase over the past several years. Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI

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So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model.

Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

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Inventory Visibility. Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation. ERP and Inventory Visibility. Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility.

Improving inventory management

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What’s more plenty on the retail side have found themselves with held inventory but it suddenly locked away in stores that people could no longer frequent, browse and shop from. This has pushed inventory management far up the agenda for a host of companies seeking to properly get a handle on what is where in their logistics train and where problems the next blockage might occur. In his opinion the way you do that is “By putting inventory close to customers.

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

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Big box stores now keep a low, agile inventory that is built for quick turnaround and replenishment from its suppliers. To keep that inventory properly supplied and functioning as intended, stores now require that vendors have basically error-free supply chains.

A Global Shift for Manufacturers: Industries with Increased Demand

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However, with manufacturers and supply chains across the world reeling with the ongoing problems the pandemic has presented, we are seeing a definite shift in the ways business is conducted. Manufacturing. As a result, manufacturers are shifting to domestic sources.

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

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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. Whether they’ve sent their workforces home to work remotely, scaled back their operations, or scrambled to find alternative supply sources, organizations across all industries are implementing new measures to offset the impacts of COVID-19.

What is Inventory Optimization?

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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.”.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty

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But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? How does a manufacturer organize operations to meet unexpected demand shifts without creating inefficiency for the rest of the year? Bad weather disrupts shipping, earthquakes put plants out of production and the political environment can shift quickly. But inventory is expensive. Additive Manufacturing.

Understanding the Key Factors Affecting Inventory Control for eCommerce Businesses

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The nature of online businesses is significantly different in scale and operations to traditional retail outlets and as a result the scale of inventory stock can range from small home storage to vast, multiple warehouses facilities. Regardless of whether it’s a multichannel business, its size or nature of the business, it is essential to keep accurate records and track all the inventory stock items. Overselling inventory stock. Online inventory control systems.

What is Inventory Management?

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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. Drop Shipping.

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?

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How can companies calculate the right inventory quantity and send it to the right place at the right time with such seasonality involved? Don’t be fooled by the scary mask – it is possible through rigorous supply chain planning, a sufficient inbound and outbound logistics network, and a supporting inventory control system. Here are 3 tips to help you develop an inventory control system based on flow to the customer: 1. Where will you keep the inventory?

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Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

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Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand Data Integrity to Reduce Inventory Costs. Source: [link].

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Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

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However, Amazon is shaking up the mix by seeking to make today’s e-commerce practices obsolete, and shipping and logistics providers need to understand why. Customers have the option to have products shipped to home or the store, and this eliminates any confusion about how much space is needed within each store. Consumers are also expecting more of manufacturers and shipping companies. Shipping and Logistics Providers Seek to Attract Millennials.

Fast Forward Your Business with Inventory Management Best Practices

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How about taking a hard look at what you’re currently doing with inventory for your business? So, regardless of your business size, we know and truly understand your pain points about dealing with inventory in all shapes and sizes. Here are some no-nonsense, hard-hitting inventory management best practices you can implement RIGHT NOW for your business! Inventory Management Best Practices. Deadstock is the bane of every business dealing with inventory.

Supply Chain Optimization Software – A Comprehensive Guide for Manufacturers

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Supply chain optimization is a key component of the manufacturing supply chain process, helping companies control their input costs to be able to provide effective goods or services to their customers. Inventory control. Supplier inventory management. Inventory management.

How Artificial Intelligence and Global Economic Factors Affect Inventory Optimization

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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.

Ship Smarter: How to Avoid Bottlenecks in Your Global Operations

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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.”

Chinese New Year Shutdown 2020: How to Prepare

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The upcoming Chinese New Year is on January 25, 2020, but the holiday shutdown can affect production times at China’s manufacturing companies for as long as two months as many workers travel back to rural villages to celebrate with friends and family. Shipping delays.

Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest!

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The decision by President Trump to tell 3M to stop shipping masks to Canada and Latin America is astonishing given that all of humanity is facing the same crisis. But given this foresight why are we now in a situation in which these strategic inventories are insufficient for our actual needs?

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

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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.

Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection. A few days ago, the world’s seventh largest container shipping company by volume, Hanjin Shipping, filed for bankruptcy protection. A lot of the products being shipped by Hanjin are headed to US and European retailers getting ready for the holiday season (toys, electronics, clothing, furniture, etc).

5 Future Applications of the Industrial Internet of Things in Manufacturing & Logistics

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Manufacturers are set to invest up to $70 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT ) by 2020, reports John Greenough of Business Insider. While leading manufacturers continue to review the scope and potential benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things the majority asserts Megan Crouse of Manufacturing.net , continue to debate the effectiveness and capacity to implement IIoT solutions in today’s manufacturing processes. IIoT’s Greatest Impacts on Manufacturing.

The Beginner's Guide to Inventory Control and Management

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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 can be defined as below: “Inventory control is the function responsible for all decisions about all goods and materials in an organization. Inventory control often starts with how to know the demand of particular product. What is Inventory Cost?

Supply Chain Costs: A Definitive Guide for Manufacturers

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Manufacturers usually define supply chain costs using the total cost of ownership. Most manufacturers aim at creating the most optimum supply chain for their organizations. Since these internal costs can significantly increase the total cost of supply, manufacturers should have the right method to identify and quantify them to avoid making purchase decisions based on inaccurate or incomplete data. Inventory costs. Inventory management-.