Inventory Management: We Can Do Better

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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. The source of this data is a syndicated data provider of public reporting termed “Y-Charts.”). Days of Inventory Peer Group Across Time Periods. So, why have we not reduced inventory?

Inventory Replenishment Underway

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Census Bureau inventory data, for June, indicates the need for inventory replenishment as the seasonal-adjusted sales to inventory ratio declined to 1.37 Total business inventories declined 2.3% for June/May while inventories declined 5.8% Wholesalers reported a 1.2%

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What is Inventory Forecasting?

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What is Inventory Forecasting? Wait, what has this got to do with inventory forecasting? So, for the majority of small and medium businesses, inventory forecasting is simply an inventory reordering strategy to ensure that your stock levels are in the Goldilocks zone.

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.

Complimentary Gartner Report: Improve S&OP Decision Making with Scenario Planning

Traditionally, planning teams have aimed for one number, one plan. But with uncertainty on the rise, they need to build more flexibility into their process to account for changing business conditions. It’s time to shift gears and embrace variability with different scenarios.

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. Jill , Nike and H&M who missed sales projections, upset customers with out-of-stocks, and had to clear excess inventory through deep discounting. A recent IHL research report entitled $1.75 Inventory distortion” (the combined cost of out-of -stocks and overstocks) accounts for $1.1

Inventory Management Requires More than a WMS

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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.”

Inventory Management: Technology Enablers

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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. If you leave her to build reports and metrics that she needs in excel then she’ll spend all her time crunching numbers instead of planning your company’s largest asset.

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

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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.

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. But from an operational supply chain planning perspective, turns is a crude metric because it doesn’t recognize the difference between “good” and “bad” inventory. Gartner delved into this issue in a recent report, Build the Capability for Inventory Health Assessment.

Business Intelligence vs. Inventory Optimization: Are You Solving Symptoms Instead of the Real Problem?

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In my decades of working in replenishment and inventory optimization, I’ve noticed that many companies seek solutions to symptoms rather than the underlying problem. They want to have an aging report for inventory or a report on vendor performance.

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

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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. Use ABC Analysis to Categorize Your Inventory. Recognize the Relationship Between Sales and Inventory.

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

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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.

What is Inventory Carrying Cost?

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But while the newly arrived goods sit in your warehouse, did you know that there are also costs associated with keeping inventory? They are collectively called inventory carrying costs because they need to be paid to hold inventory. Here, we’ll explore what is meant by inventory carrying costs and their examples. Next, we discuss why businesses carry inventory at all and look at some ways to reduce their holding costs. What is Inventory Carrying Cost?

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. Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) looks at the end-to-end supply chain to enable users to make more informed decisions about the location, amount and type of inventory. Inventory (both finished goods and materials) can then be allocated to more critical demand. Inventory OptimizationAs the (U.S.)

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

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Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy. The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”.

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. This post will discuss some of the metrics and analysis tools that an inventory manager needs to identify risk and opportunities and to make intelligent decisions to optimize the performance of their inventory.

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. It’s about learning to transition from long-held inventory systems and processes, having new conversations across logistics and sales, and the shifting role of supply chain planners. This article will share five things you need to know about optimizing inventory in the digital age.

Calculating Finished Goods Inventory

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As a manufacturer of goods, you’re likely to have finished goods inventory in your business. In addition to worrying about sales forecasts and production schedules, there’s also the issue of properly calculating finished inventory for reporting and decision-making purposes. Firstly, we’ll start with describing finished goods inventory. Then we’ll explain why you should pay attention to finished and other forms of inventory. Introduction.

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.”. In their report, Gartner has correctly identified the complexities of setting optimized inventory targets, but I would argue that they haven’t proposed the best way to solve it.

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.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

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What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? Inventory Optimization is defined as a method of balancing the manufacturers’ capital investment constraints and goals along with the defined service-level goals over a large assortment of stock-keeping units (SKUs) while considering all demand and supply volatility situations. It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory.

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. The first theme is cutting planner workload by moving toward more automated and even autonomous inventory optimization. Click below for your copy of the full Inventory Optimization Value Matrix.

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.

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. According to Nucleus Research, in its July 2015 Research Note , companies can optimize inventory using the right algorithms. But correctly modeling inventory obsolescence is important. Supply Chain Planning Inventory OptimizationIt’s hard to get around obsolescence.

Inventory Reporting: Creating a Great Business Report

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Great business reports need to be clear and well-structured. Before writing your report, you need to be clear on your brief, who the report is being written for and why. Business report structure. Any great business report should start with an executive summary, which effectively provides busy decision-makers with a quick summary of the contents of the report. Inventory reporting. Online inventory management.

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 with today’s volatile demand (especially in omni-channel environments), a delivery model that doesn’t have an inventory buffer can turn out to be “just not in time.”. And we especially don’t want an environment where a shift in demand or a contraction in the business cycle leads to eating huge inventory losses.

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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. The report is available below and the following also includes some comments from a recent discussion with Cooke. He reiterates why his firm sees inventory optimization (IO) solutions as so important. Companies often use point-of-sale data to trigger inventory replenishment.

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.

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

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live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.). We would like to add to West’s point that It’s also imperative that trailers, containers, and inventory are tracked not just over the road but also while these assets are parked at facilities across the U.S.A. .

Inventory Management Techniques That You Need to Know About

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Not Another List of Inventory Management Techniques. I want to start by saying that this is not an exhaustive list of all the possible inventory management techniques available for all industries. Rather, it’s a carefully curated list of inventory management techniques that work for our wholesale and distribution customers around the world. What we will cover are practical inventory management techniques that: Our customers use; and.

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

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All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions.

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.”

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. Here are five types of inventory optimization that you should be aware of if you are considering an optimization solution. Inventory Configuration addresses the issue of in what form should I hold my inventory; as raw material, finished goods, or something in between?