Global Supply Chains — A Source of Strength

Enterra Insights

3] Following year-long discussions about supply chain resilience, the Economist reminds us, “Resilience comes not from autarky but from diverse sources of supply.”[4] The post Global Supply Chains — A Source of Strength first appeared on Enterra Solutions.

Inventory Management: We Can Do Better

Supply Chain Shaman

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.

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Inventory Planning Becomes More Interesting

The Smart Software

Just-In-Time (JIT) ensures that a manufacturer produces only the necessary amount, and many companies ignore the risks inherent in reducing inventories. So how can you execute a real-world plan for JIT inventory amidst all this risk and uncertainty?

Top 5 Sourcing and Procurement Techniques

EC Sourcing Group

Top 5 Sourcing and Procurement Techniques. Sourcing and procurement in supply chain management play some of the most important roles. Read on to learn more about the top sourcing and procurement solutions and how you can integrate them into your workflow.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

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.

Inventory Forecasting Explained: The 2022 Guide

Unleashed

A crystal ball sometimes wouldn’t go amiss in inventory forecasting. Here we explain the methods and formulas you can use to improve your inventory forecasting, and best practices for your business when designing and carrying out this process. Read more: What is Inventory Management?

Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. These are the must-haves for any effective freight sourcing team. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

COVID-19: Implications on inventory planning, sourcing and procurement

EFT

It has been a huge challenge to understand what is changing moment-to-moment, let alone predicting what will happen, so eft by Reuters sat down in a webinar with experts working at the coalface of inventory planning and distribution to understand what can be done to survive and thrive.

5 Inventory Management Tips for Manufacturing SMBs!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory management is a holistic and logical methodology for handling both raw materials and finished products. Why is Inventory Management Important for Manufacturing SMBs? Our Top 5 Inventory Management Tips.

Static Inventory an Untapped Source of Working Capital

MIT Supply Chain

Inventory management policies that fail to keep pace with shifting product demand can lock up valuable working capital, especially in volatile markets. By dynamically managing inventory without compromising service levels, companies can free up these unexploited reserves of working capital. Featured Strategy Clariant inventory management research MIT Global SCALE Network responsive supply chains unlocking working capital Zaraoga Logistics Center

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Retailers’ inventories suggest restocking long way from finished

The Supply Chain Journal

Inventory levels increased for the nation’s largest retailers during the fiscal second quarter that ended July 31. Often a tell of future container traffic, inventories were severely depleted within months of the pandemic’s onset. Source: U.S.

What is Inventory Management?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory makes the world go round. Trillions and trillions of dollars of inventories exist all over the world in every conceivable form and in every conceivable channel. What is Inventory Management ? Subscribe Here!

Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

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.

Is Supply Chain “The” Source of Greater Economic Stability?

Logistics Viewpoints

I thought about the transition from “push” processes to greater use of demand pull in replenishment; how retailers are sharing downstream POS data with their suppliers to develop a more efficient supply network; how multi-echelon inventory optimization […]. Inventory Management Production Statistics Supply Chain PlanningOn Saturday I engaged in a rare weekend activity for myself – I actually thought about supply chain.

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree

The Logistics of Logistics

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree. Joe Lynch and Ron Crabtree discuss sourcing strategy: effective vs efficient. Key Takeaways – Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient. Single sourcing to drive price and increase influence (to a point).

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.

COVID threatens Chinese exports as US struggles to restock inventories

The Supply Chain Journal

import demand is stronger than ever as inventory-to-sales ratios remain painfully low. Lockdowns in Southeast Asia are curbing production, while factories are facing the same supply-chain woes as everyone else when sourcing materials and components. US inventory restocking still lags.

Process Based Inventory Turnover Improvement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory management is a critical area for most companies. Too much inventory, especially the wrong inventory, can negatively impact cash flow, return on investment, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

Why Get a Product Sourcing Agent?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Product Sourcing Agent article and permission to publish here provided by Joyce Chen at Epic Sourcing. Your manufacturer is the backbone of your company; it regulates your inventory, which determines how consumers perceive and communicate with you. Functions of a Sourcing Agent.

What is Inventory Shrinkage?

Supply Chain Game Changer

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.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Microsoft’s Colin Masson, Global Industry Director of Manufacturing Solutions (that's him on the left), sat down with me to discuss how manufacturers optimize their inventories. Colin: How do inventory optimization (IO) and multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) enable manufacturers to operate more efficiently? IO uses powerful analytics to generate the right inventories to meet demand, address demand volatility, and achieve targeted service levels.

Is Poor Inventory Performance Holding You Back?

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘ Is your company being held hostage by poor inventory performance? ’ The authors, Anandhi Narayanan, Senior Manager, Advanced Customer Solutions, Charles Thomas, Director, IT Customer Solutions, Stacey Greene, Director of Inventory Optimization and Robert Rejano, Processes and Applications Advisor, all with Celestica, describe the critical steps needed to drive inventory performance improvements.

Peak Season Inventory Management and Fulfillment Strategies

Intelligent Audit

Supply and demand are two sides of the same coin, the vital coin of inventory management supply chain analytics. Without adequate inventory and supply to go along with capacity and demand, supply chain management will struggle to keep pace during peak seasons.

The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?

ToolsGroup

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.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. Many companies struggle with decisions such as “How many days of sales or inventory turns per year should we target? or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”. Structural inventory is a direct result of design choices.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

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”.

Segmenting Your Inventory by Gross Margin and Demand Variability

ToolsGroup

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

What’s New in Inventory Optimization?

ToolsGroup

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. Interestingly, he notes that while most companies justify inventory optimization based on inventory savings, improving service to customers is actually the biggest motivation and payback in most projects.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

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.

2021 Strategies for Inventory Management and Supply Chain Recovery

EazyStock

Optimize Inventory. Start with a detailed overview of what inventory is currently in your supply chain. Next comes crafting an inventory management plan to mitigate your greatest risks. Blog Demand Forecasting Industry News Inventory Optimization

2021 Supply Chain and Inventory Management Trends

EazyStock

2021 Supply Chain and Inventory Management Trends for the US. Here we are, one year later, trying to determine the 2021 supply chain and inventory management trends to adopt.

Balancing the inventory equation

EFT

Professionals in the sector are therefore taking a fresh look at the levels, management, and positioning of inventory. A fresh look at inventory management. Cutting the cost of carrying inventory.

Consignment Inventory Management: The Complete Guide

EMERGE App

There are different ways for retailers to get and sell their inventory. The most common being where a retailer purchases their inventory and stocks it in their warehouse for the customers to buy. However, consignment inventory can be a risk-free option for the retailer.

Retailers receiving inventories any which way they can

Cathy Roberson

Despite supply chain costs increasing and available capacity almost a rarity, retailers are undertaking a variety of ways to make sure they receive their inventory in time for the ever-important holiday season. “We feel good about the composition of our inventory.

Will rising warehouse and inventory costs feed trucking demand?

The Supply Chain Journal

Chart of the Week: Logistics Managers Index – Inventory Levels, Warehouse Capacity SONAR : LMI.INVC, LMI.WHCP. Inventory costs are growing at the fastest rate in years while warehouse capacity continues to shrink at a near record pace, according to the Logistics Managers Index (LMI).