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

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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.

Inventory Management Avoiding Data Driven Disasters – Targets and Monitoring

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Inventory management (IM) is a critical component of any successful organization where the mechanics of measuring and monitoring inventory involve KPIs, dashboards, and data science. Inventory Management Avoiding Data Driven Disasters – Targets and Monitoring was first posted on July 15, 2020 at 9:31 am. ©2017

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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.

Top 8 Online Logistics Tools For Logistics Professionals

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Logistics professionals require exemplary international online logistics tools to help them carry out their daily businesses with ease and deliver the best for their customers. Mobile phones can offer incredible services in any business from inventory tracking and shipments to the execution of procurement transactions. Top 8 Online Logistics Tools For Logistics Professionals. This optimization tool for inventories is cloud based.

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Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

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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.

Six Sigma Tools and Inventory Management

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At first glance, there may not be much synergy between Six Sigma and inventory management. Next, we’ll explore whether it is still relevant today and what it means for inventory management. Finally, we’ll finish by exploring Six Sigma methodologies and tools used in modern Lean Six Sigma and Lean Inventory Management. Six Sigma describes a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. A typical solution addresses the excess inventory.

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.

How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve?

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Inventory location and management. As explained in a previous blog post, continuous improvement in an organization can be achieved through the use of performance measurement tools via big data. Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn The post How Can Supply Chain Leaders Use Big Data as a Tool to Continuously Improve? Supply chain leaders are enthralled with the idea of using big data, but they tend to fail to understand how to disseminate big data in their organization properly.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

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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.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

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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. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Flow: Understand how inventory flows in your warehouse and apply Lean principle: 5S to clear any obstacles that do not add up.

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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. It should be up-to-date (daily at a minimum), and include all the input data required to make your inventory planning decisions.

How manufacturers optimize their inventories

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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)

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by Richard Cushing It happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory. Managing versus controlling inventory. The numbers (read: quantities) in the ERP system aren’t reliable because, while the company is busy “managing” its inventory, it has pretty much neglected the matter of “controlling” their inventory. Inventory management best practices.

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. For example, I get many requests for business intelligence (BI) tools; mostly because they want to monitor symptoms.

How Barcode Scanning Can Revolutionize Your Inventory Management

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Implementing something as simple as barcode scanning can completely transform your inventory management system. Barcodes have developed from an early innovation to a nearly mandatory tool for. inventory optimization and management. These systems require barcode labels or tags to be affixed to bins or individual inventory parts. Coupled with inventory management software, the codes become an extremely effective tool.

Still managing your inventory with spreadsheets?

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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.

Drones in the Supply Chain: A Game-Changing New Tool

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digital disruption supply chain logistics digital supply chain inventory cycle counting dronesOur CEO, Matt Yearling, was recently interview by Executive Platforms for their Tought Leaders series, to discuss the current and future state of drones in the supply chain.

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Why probabilistic forecasting is better for inventory optimization

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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.

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.

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.)

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.

Tools for Master Scheduling: Hug Your Master Scheduler Part Two

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Effective management of the master schedule requires a tool that has several key characteristics; Scenarios – This simply refers to the ability to create a copy of your data in-memory in less time than it takes to click a mouse. Imagine if you had a supply chain planning problem you wanted to solve and were given a tool that allowed you to try three different approaches – each in their own copy of the entire supply chain database. This tool must take that long too, right?

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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.

ShipBob’s New Analytics Tool: How Fast-Growing DTC Brands Use Fulfillment Data

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That’s why we recently launched a free analytics tool packed with new charts and deeper insights to help you with everything from year-end reporting, to better supply chain decision-making. By when do I need to reorder inventory for each product? ShipBob’s analytics tool is really cool.

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Platform or a Collection of Tools: Which One Do You Prefer for your Digital Transformation Efforts?

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The blender and the oven comprise a collection of tools that includes exchangeable tips and settings that can be used for different cooking endeavors. The difference between a Platform and a collection of Tools is the great recipe book and the right oven settings in our cookie analogy. The platform includes a set of tools, indeed. Different supply chain functions require different tools.

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Inventory Management Levers – Success Through Collaboration

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by Andrew Dunbar So you’re an inventory manager, and your CFO just asked you to reduce inventory by 10% before year end to free up some capital for next year’s big investment in R&D. But then you look at historical trends and see that lately, your inventory has been growing by 3% each quarter. Below are five levers that I believe should be available to an inventory manager to help them effectively plan and manage inventory.

Using Machine Learning Tools to Improve Supply Chain Performance

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Machine Learning Tools Offer Much, but We Pesky Humans Continue to Play the Most Important Role. Furthermore, LoweBot is able to assist with inventory monitoring in real time, which helps employees detect patterns that might guide future business decisions. Employees are receiving a double benefit: more time to focus on the strategic versus the mundane and real-time inputs to improve inventory management.

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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.

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. 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.

Inventory Optimisation for Greater Inventory Control

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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.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. As I sat with the team, and discussed the future of supply chain, they impressed me with their by their use of planning tools and their process diligence on building inventory strategies to enable a customer-segmented supply chain.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology

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There are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory. As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. But, there are additional levels of inventory management in between. The basic and most limited type of inventory management system is a manual system.

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?

Inventory Management Remains Challenging

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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.”