The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

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The research focused on the inventory visibility and optimization challenges that companies face today related to omni-channel fulfillment and the actions they should take to elevate their omni-channel performance. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy.

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

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With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitized essential tasks like inventory planning. This article will share five things you need to know about optimizing inventory in the digital age.

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

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While analytics offer remarkable insights into supply chain inventory optimization, warehouse managers must still understand how the use of slotting optimization technology impacts other processes. With 7 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP) tied up in inventory, reports the 21 st Century Supply Chain Blog , your organization must go beyond the analytics and understand the broad impact of analytics in your company. Optimized Inventory Builds Credibility.

Inventory Can Be Scary

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“Your inventory problem is scary because you’re selling out before you can make new items to meet demand”. Many retailers agree that inventory can be scary. A recent IHL research report entitled $1.75 For example, say you have $5,000,000 of inventory at cost on hand.

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.”

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. ”[1] He adds, “Even with all this power, there are several disadvantages to inventory control worth considering.”

How to Measure Inventory Health

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Financial executives measure inventory health with metrics like inventory turns because they view the firm from a financial viewpoint - such as how much working capital is being tied up. The concept of inventory health is based on this expectation.

Retail Inventory Shrinkage Remains a Problem

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For the last few years, inventory shrinkage has annually cost U.S. Paul Trujillo ( @TruPaultx ), a Product Marketing Manager at Informatics, reports, “According to the National Retail Federation, there are five main ways for your supply to disappear.”[1] ” Regardless of how inventory is lost, shrinkage costs retailers a lot of money. To reduce shrinkage, retailers need to have a strategy to address each of the ways inventory can be lost.

Four ways Inventory Optimization can address tighter supply constraints

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When supplies get tight, inventory optimization can help focus production around the most critical products while reducing requirements for other items. Inventory (both finished goods and materials) can then be allocated to more critical demand. Inventory OptimizationAs the (U.S.)

Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

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The research focused on the inventory visibility and optimization challenges that companies face today related to omni-channel fulfillment and the actions they should take to elevate their omni-channel performance. You can read and download the full report at [link].

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.”.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Inventory the Right Way

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Here, we’ll start by covering what reducing your inventory means. Then we’ll summarise some inventory holding costs that you might not know about. Finally, we’ll cover 5 ways that you can take to sensibly reduce your inventory now. Set Inventory Reorder Points.

Three Key Themes in the New Inventory Optimization Vendor Ranking

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The 2018 Nucleus Research Inventory Optimization (IO) Value Matrix Report has just been released, and analyst Seth Lippincott identifies the latest technology trends, top inventory optimization solution providers, and the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor.

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. It should be up-to-date (daily at a minimum), and include all the input data required to make your inventory planning decisions.

With Tariffs In Flux, Digital Inventory Technology Might Be The Solution To Holiday Bloated Inventory Levels

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The tariff situation has companies in a quandary as they debate whether to “load up” on inventory now — to ward off the impacts of potentially-higher tariffs on imported goods — or hold off for now and hope that the political environment calms and things get to back to “normal.”

Inventory Obsolescence: It Can Get Complicated

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The knack in today’s innovation economy is to understand how the value of a particular SKU deteriorates or its costs increase so that profit erosion can be factored into inventory optimization calculations. But correctly modeling inventory obsolescence is important.

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.

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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.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

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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.

Survey Results: Strategies for Inventory Optimization

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Inventory management is a key contributor to the bottom line for every company with a supply chain. Clear visibility to all inventory in all locations eludes many companies, leading to inaccurate inventory forecasting and costly expedites, among other problems.

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.

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

Nucleus Research: Inventory Optimization Value Matrix

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Inventory optimization solutions are a key lever which can enable companies to streamline operations while maintaining service levels and freeing up working capital. The post Nucleus Research: Inventory Optimization Value Matrix appeared first on E2open® | Demand.

Dealing with Inventory Shrink

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Inventory shrink remains a problem for every retailer. A year ago Joel Griffin (@SecInfoWatch) reported, … Continued. The post Dealing with Inventory Shrink appeared first on Enterra Solutions. How big of a problem? Business Cognitive Computing Digital Supply Chain Supply Chain Technology digital supply chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

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With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. The rise in e-commerce has caused a dramatic surge in the demand for industrial real estate,” The Real Deal reports. Phillips writes in Swamped With Inventory, U.S.

5 ways ERP improves inventory visibility in your supply chain

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Inventory visibility is one of the critical aspects of any manufacturing business. It helps organizations understand how much inventory is available, at what location , and at any given point of time. What Improved Inventory Visibility does. Inventory ties up money.

Overcoming Retailers Delivery Requirements with Data Reporting

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Overcoming Retailers Delivery Requirements with Data Reporting . This next-gen inventory strategy has put pressure on businesses to meet growing consumer demands by having products where and when they want them. By: Mark McEntire, Senior Vice President of Operations, Transplace.

5 Reasons You Need Modern Inventory Solutions for Optimum Inventory Control

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When deciding where to prioritise budget spend for greatest return on investment, companies have difficult decisions to make and while inventory control continues to be fundamentally impacted by innovation, it is often overlooked when the time comes to allocate funds. When inventory control is approached as a cashflow measure, the financial impact of excess stock, slow-moving SKUs, stock-outs and obsolete or dead stock, provides a new perspective. Real time inventory.

MHI to preview new report on next-generation supply chains during ProMat Keynote

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MHI will preview the 2017 Annual Industry Report- Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On during the April 5 Keynote at ProMat. yard management supply chain logistics innovation drones inventory robotics ProMat

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Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

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In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. It will delay my report. I believe that this is a move to get more serious about inventory optimization and building enterprise-class solutions.

Time to turn around inventory falls by two days says new report

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Customer demands for faster and faster service are having an effect across the supply chain finds eyefortransport’s new D3 2019 report. The median time for retailers to move returns back to inventory ready for resale has fallen from 2017 to 2018, from a median of seven days down to five days.

Don’t Take a Holiday from Inventory Management

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The Importance of Inventory Management. When it comes to inventory management, new trends are demonstrating that less is more. Having less inventory on-hand increases liquidation, allowing for a more agile response to shifting consumer trends. Companies that have too much inventory on-hand right now are struggling to clear out space ahead of the season, slashing prices and concerning stakeholders as profit margins creep downward.

Steps to Controlling Inventory Flow & Driving Warehouse Efficiency

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Controlling inventory flow is a top priority among warehouse managers, and gaining control over inventory drives warehouse efficiency. Controlling Inventory Flow Begins With Liquidate Nonessential Products. The first step to controlling inventory flow effectively is liquidation of all non-essential products, explains Paul Trujillo of Business2Community. This will help to prevent the reordering of slow-moving products and ensure optimum inventory levels.

Top 5 Ways Inventory Tracking Technology Is Evolving

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In fact, a recent survey of economic experts, reports Jeff Wacker of Retail TouchPoints, found up to 59 percent of retailers are making plans to invest in technology, which includes inventory tracking technology. Diverse Inventory Technology Grows Focused on Specific Niches.

Inventory Checks Powered By Drones

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Drones are enabling organizations to use employees more efficiently and improve inventory accuracy in a world where consumers want everything cheap and now. Every company on the planet that has a significant supply chain operation is plagued by inventory reconciliation problems.