SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

When I hear companies discussing the implementation of a customer segmentation strategy, I ask a series of questions: Who is your customer? What are you trying to accomplish through the execution of a customer segmentation strategy?

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same.

Manufacturing Day 2017: [Infographic] The Evolution of Inventory Management Strategies

Arkieva

When you talk to any manufacturer no matter how large or small about their concerns, improved inventory management is bound to be a part of the conversation. To celebrate manufacturing day today, we thought it would be beneficial to take a closer look at how inventory strategy keeps evolving using an infographic from Arkieva based on research conducted by Aberdeen.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. Inventory is both.

How to Achieve Six-Figure Benefits from Digitizing Paper-Based Supply Chain Operations

The most immediate tangible benefits are resource re- duction, improved inventory accuracy, and less invest- ment in infrastructure. cost to employees; inventory; etc. implementation strategy. even inventory costs by 20% to 50%.ix. © 2017 Sunil Koul. All rights reserved.

Survey Results: Strategies for Inventory Optimization

E2open

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 Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

At the session, we discussed why companies have not made more progress on inventory management. In the case of Apparel and Automotive industries there are slight improvements, but they have shifted inventories to suppliers. Days of Inventory Pre and Post-Recession.

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.”

Taking a Holistic View on Inventory May Lead to Change in Strategy

Talking Logistics

Inventory optimization has always been a challenge while designing and planning a supply chain. A variety of barriers can impact an effective inventory strategy, such as working in functional silos and demand/supplier volatility¹. Asking the Right Inventory Questions.

How to Measure Inventory Effectiveness

Arkieva

I discussed some of the possible pitfalls when using inventory turnover as a measurement for effective inventory management. In this post, I’ll describe a simple technique for measuring inventory effectiveness. How to Measure Inventory Effectiveness. How to Measure Inventory Effectiveness was first posted on March 6, 2018 at 7:24 am. ©2017

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked.

How to Measure Inventory Health

ToolsGroup

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. That is, they should understand and improve stock strategies from a demand perspective.

Using Inventory Modeling to Develop a Holistic Inventory Strategy

Logistics Viewpoints

Top supply chain officers across the industry were recently surveyed¹ on their biggest barriers to effective inventory management. It’s no wonder: often inventory placement decisions are made in a vacuum without considering the end-to-end supply chain impact. How do you predict how much inventory to build when you can’t […]. Their top two responses were “Can’t Optimize Network Holistically” and “Demand Volatility”.

Inventory Management

LeanCor

I propose three strategies that should get us closer to the goal, but require operational commitment of our supply chain and our company culture as a whole. Inventory Management Strategy. Same Day Delivery: Eating the Elephant in the Room – One Bite at a Time.

Executing Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies

Supply Chain Shaman

About twice a month, companies ask me to review their strategy documents. Frequently, I see the goal of “build a customer-centric strategy” or define an “end-to-end vision to deliver on the customer promise.” The Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategy needs both.).

E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Challenges to Consider for Perfect Implementation

Cerasis

The path to perfect implementation of a new e-commerce shipping strategy is not always clear, and it comes with several challenges that can undermine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of e-commerce.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out A “Don’t Touch” Strategy will Dramatically Lean out your Supply Chain! What is Lean Inventory Management? Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits.

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How to Change Your Inventory Management Strategy in the Omnichannel Era

Elementum

As recent losses by H&M and other major brands illustrate, poor inventory management can be a major cause of financial distress. There are a few solutions for the problem of inventory management in the omnichannel era. The U.S.

When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance

ToolsGroup

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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The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. Leverage the Right Technology as Part of Your Strategy.

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.

Look beyond the Turnover Ratio! Here’s a Simple Way to Create an Effective Inventory Management Process

Arkieva

Use this simple tool for identifying areas of potential improvement in the business to create an effective inventory management process. This type of measurement allows for a more widespread understanding of the nature of inventory and fosters action to prevent a build-up of non-value-adding "drag". Here’s a Simple Way to Create an Effective Inventory Management Process was first posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:09 am. ©2017

What Your Inventory Reveals about Your Reverse Logistics

PLS Logistics

With the popularity of online shopping, the supply chain has become more multifaceted, increasing the importance of an organization’s reverse logistics strategy and inventory management practices. Logistics Transportation Supply Chain Inventory

5 Ways an Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy Can Improve Customer Experience

Cerasis

The importance of an omnichannel supply chain strategy cannot be overstated. What’s Wrong With Omnichannel Supply Chain Strategy and Customer Service? This is the core of an effective omnichannel supply chain strategy; variety and options define customer experiences.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

ToolsGroup

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.

Protect Your Bottom Line With a Smart Supply Chain Design Strategy

Talking Logistics

Here is how these companies are using transportation optimization, inventory optimization and demand modeling as part of their supply chain design strategy to tackle the price factor head-on. Use Inventory Optimization to Secure the Right Inventory Mix.

[PODCAST] Why Digital Tools to Optimize Inventory Management Allows Supply Chain Execs to Stay More Strategic at Every Link in the Supply Chain

Cerasis

On today’s episode, we welcome Margaret Bendis, US Marketing Specialist for a company called EazyStock a cloud-based software-as-a-solution (SaaS) that optimizes inventory management. What is the future of digitization as it relates to inventory management.

Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out World Class Inventory Turnover Breakthrough Elements! “If we are truly a Supply Chain Services Company, then why is our Inventory Turnover only at 7?”, In that meeting I set the target … we needed to reach double digit Inventory turns within the next year.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

The ability to serve this demand is foundational to the success or failure of a retailer, but the challenge doesn’t hinge on the strategy leadership sets. Here are three things that retailers can do to align strategy and execution. Editor's Note: There will be no blog post next week.

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What's wrong with ABC inventory classification?

ToolsGroup

ABC inventory classification has been around so long that most planners just assume it’s the only way to segment your inventory. Inventory Segmentation from the 1960s. To understand the shortcomings of ABC inventory classification, we need to understand how it is done.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

A vigorous supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy can assist organizations in maximizing partnership value, minimize risk, and manage costs through the entire supplier relationship lifecycle.

5 Ways SMEs Can Improve Inventory Turnover

Unleashed

To ensure your small business is operating efficiently, effectively managing inventory and meeting customers’ needs, you should aim to improve inventory turnover. Inventory turnover is the number of times a business sells and replaces inventory within a specified timeframe. The inventory turnover ratio is used to determine the effectiveness of inventory control and how long a business takes to sell its on-hand inventory stock. Inventory health.

Is Inventory Optimization a Key to Omnichannel Survival?

ToolsGroup

Industry analysts have pointed out an obvious fit with inventory optimization. If retailers optimize their inventory—dynamically aligning their supply chains to changing customer preferences and behavior—they can position inventory to satisfy demand at the lowest possible cost.

Top 5 Ways Inventory Tracking Technology Is Evolving

Cerasis

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. Inventory Tracking Technology Leverages Internal and External Real-Time Data.

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

Logility

Two powerful levers a company can use to optimize inventory are “Working Capital” and “Customer Service Levels.” At its most basic, start with a piece of graph paper and plot your current service level on the x-axis and current inventory level on the y-axis.