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.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? In addition, Jim says many retailers are facing inventory management challenges in the realm of “ship from store” and “pickup at store” fulfillment models.

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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.

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).

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Online Inventory Management: What it is and Why it’s Important

Unleashed

In this comprehensive guide to online inventory management, we’ll take a look at what it is and why your product-based business can’t do without it. Online inventory management for manufacturers. Online inventory management for retailers.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

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In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Leading manufacturers have proven that best-in-class strategic sourcing can create measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Inventory. The post Strategic sourcing enters a new age.

5 Tips to Improve Omnichannel Inventory Management

Unleashed

That includes the importance of robust inventory management to retail. Ensuring you don’t fail at order fulfilment begins with understanding your inventory and supply chain. In an increasingly complex eCommerce world, keeping track of inventory is tricky. Image Source: Statista.

Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Excess and obsolete inventory is a drain on resources, as is excessive safety stock. Managing an Inventory Investment. Inventory effectiveness measures the process that delivers the right part to the right place at the right time, while minimizing investment and meeting customer requirements. Best Practices for Inventory Effectiveness.

Logility and New Generation Computing Launch Supply Chain Traceability Solution Documenting Chain of Custody from Cotton Source to Importer of Record

Logility

Blockchain Allows Brand Owners and Retailers to Trace Source Materials Ahead of Pending U.S. In addition, we see broad applicability across many industries as consumers demand greater visibility and understanding of where products are sourced and manufactured.”.

Solving Traditional Inventory Challenges with Online Inventory Control

Unleashed

Factors affecting inventory managament are becoming equally complex with multifaceted supply chains and vast networks of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers from which to source, distribute and sell products. Factors affecting inventory control. Inventory stock challenges range from longer, less reliable lead times to difficulty tracking inventory along the supply chain and across multiple warehouses.

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.

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.

Mobile Inventory Management Solutions for Microsoft Dynamics 365

RFgen

Mobile inventory solutions for D365 boost data accuracy, increase workflow efficiency and support digital transformation with barcode software. Mobile inventory solutions for Microsoft Dynamics 365 help you get the most out of your ERP. Microsoft Mobile Inventory Case Study.

3 Inventory Control Techniques to Improve and Maintain Inventory Accuracy

Unleashed

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.

ERP vs. Best-in-Class — What is Best for Managing the Healthcare Supply Chain

ivalua

For example, a single-stack approach can lead to low user adoption, because the incumbent sourcing solution, for example, fails to meet the needs of various business units. . What is the benefit of using a single source to pay solution?

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

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 in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

What is Inventory Management? For Manufacturing it’s about carrying zero or minimum inventory. For Logistics the focus is on high inventory turns. Inventory Management is about having a right balance of expectations from different functions of the supply chain. Inventory Management is a function that should always be in sync with your supply chain strategy and in turn depends on your overall business strategy. What does it mean for inventory?

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? 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.”.

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. Then, this article will show you 10 simple principles that you can use to streamline your inventory management practices right away. 3) Forecast at the right level Standard inventory management textbooks suggested that forecast be done at a product family level.

2021 Supply Chain and Inventory Management Trends

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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.