The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

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.

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.”

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.

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

ToolsGroup

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.

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.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization – Beyond the Analytics

Cerasis

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. Better Inventory Management Needs Complete Control.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

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 Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

Supply Chain Shaman

Against my friends’ advice, I decided to drive to speak to 120 business leaders at the Gains Systems event. At the session, we discussed why companies have not made more progress on inventory management. Days of Inventory Pre and Post-Recession. Gaps in Inventory Strategies.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Cerasis

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

ToolsGroup

Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%. Much of inventory is a hedge against uncertainty.

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. or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”.

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. It then uses this model to understand the impact of demand forecasting on inventory.

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. It then uses this model to understand the impact of demand forecasting on inventory.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part one)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing It happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory. Many times, I have been told, “Our people just don’t trust the numbers they see in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Four ways Inventory Optimization can address tighter supply constraints

ToolsGroup

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.)

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

Casey and Paul Vigna – that opened my eyes to bitcoin’s true potential: as a new operating system for supply chain networks. A supply chain blockchain application, therefore, could be used to record the balances and transfers of inventory across a distributed supply chain network.

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Why probabilistic forecasting is better for inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

In this post we’ll explore how probabilistic forecasting not only creates better forecasts, but also improves inventory optimization by improving the stock levels at store and warehouse locations in your distribution network.

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

ToolsGroup

Most companies are still trying to use Excel to optimize their inventories. Supply Chain Insights’ 2018 Inventory Optimization Technologies Study suggests the number may be as high as 75%. Much of inventory is a hedge against uncertainty.

How An ERP System Can Increase Your Supply Chain Productivity

Cerasis

A system where problems are caught and solved quickly? This is where cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems can help. An ERP is a standardized system that gives everyone access to the same platform and information in real time.

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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. All that’s left is to add a planning system that enables her to work effectively. Interested in learning more about inventory management?

[PODCAST] The Current State of Warehouse Management Systems & Their Role in Creating a More Effective Supply Chain

Cerasis

Veridian helps clients deploy Manhattan Associates, HighJump Software, and JDA Software’s latest supply chain suite to talk about the current state of warehouse management systems. What it the Current State of Warehouse Management Systems & Their Role in an Effective Supply Chain? What the drivers behind a company’s decision are to move from a home-grown WMS to a system that is developed by a third party.

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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.”.

Three Key Themes in the New Inventory Optimization Vendor Ranking

ToolsGroup

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 Optimization

Can Your Inventory Control System Support Seasonal Demand?

LeanCor

How can companies calculate the right inventory quantity and send it to the right place at the right time with such seasonality involved? Here are 3 tips to help you develop an inventory control system based on flow to the customer: 1. Where will you keep the inventory?

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How do you model inventory in planning systems?

Arkieva

Wondering how inventory is modeled in supply chain planning systems? How do you model inventory in planning systems? Inventory Management Supply Planning inventory modeling inventory modeling with planning systems inventory optimization supply chain planning systemsHere's what you need to know. was first posted on April 11, 2017 at 8:37 am. ©2017

For Cummins, PINC Yard Management System is a Game Changer

PINC YMS

Bridget McCrea, editor at Logistics Management Magazine, brings to life an very interesting story about how trailer yards have become a vey important part of inventory visibility across the supply chain.

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Insights into ERP systems in supply chain planning and implementation

Kinaxis

In my interview we discuss how to define enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in supply chain planning, the reasons why we need ERP systems, problems faced with implementation and how to successfully implement a new ERP system in a corporation. by Dustin Mattison.

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Inventory Management

LeanCor

Inventory management, network infrastructure, and labor deployment are all critical components necessary to meet this intense customer demand. Inventory Management Strategy. This leaves us with one option: pushing the boundaries of current inventory management practices.

6 Signs Your Business is Achieving Efficient Inventory Management

Unleashed

Did you know that better inventory management and control is one of the biggest parts of running a successful business and yet it is one that is often put on the back burner for misconceptions of that it is not a major profitable pursuit? Business owners know that holding inventory stock ties up a lot of cash, that’s why good inventory management is crucial for all businesses. When your inventory stock dips below the pre-set levels, you know it is time to order more.

Inventory Optimisation for Greater Inventory Control

Unleashed

The biggest challenge of inventory control is getting the balance right, to meet the challenge of matching supply volumes to customer demand and with any good enterprise or activity, it usually pays to start with the basics. Inventory optimisation basics. Unique, short and unmistakable numbers for inventory items. An accurate beginning counts of all inventory stock. Software to track inventory activity in real time. Robust inventory control policies.

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

Talking Logistics

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.”

The Future of Inventory Management

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar This post concludes my inventory management blog series. Inventory management is not a stand-alone business process that occurs after other processes are complete. How does your inventory manager’s role compare to the one I’ve described here?

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

Cerasis

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.