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June 2014

Common Demand Driven Issues: Which Do You Fix First?

Revolutionize Your Demand Driven Business

Running an efficient business is vitally important in today’s business climate. With so many variables, though, that can be an extremely daunting task to accomplish, and many ‘solutions’ are ineffective or provide minimal impact, taking years to pay for themselves. Demand Driven is a concept people think they have mastered when in reality it is the link in their chain that needs immediate attention. Let’s take a look at a few of the areas that should get special attention to make sure your business is Demand Driven.
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7 Reasons Your Inventory Optimization Software Is Not Working

Predicting the Unpredictable: Inventory Optimization Software

Inventory Optimization – nine syllables, two words, one concept. It means having what you need when you need it. Too much inventory can cut your profit margin; too little inventory can prevent you from meeting demand and tip your customers toward the competition. Sounds simple: but in reality, the inventory optimization math any supply chain process will use is as important as the metal alloy used in forging a chain of metal links. You can find cheap, plastic chains, and you can find expensive chains formed from strong metal alloys with all kinds of irresistible names and features.
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Are You Making These Mistakes With Lead Time

Lead Time is a critical link in your supply chain that can create big mistakes like overstocks and out of stocks. The industry answer to these mistakes has been Lead Time tracking. In fact, Lead Time Tracking has become a cottage industry where companies offer to track lead time and make a supplier pay a fee when they don’t conform to guidelines like on-time and fill rates.

Numerous studies have shown fines for bad behavior have made little impact toward improving business. The shocking fact from many studies is that overstocks and out of stocks occurred at an alarming rate when on time deliver and 95% + fill rates were achieved! The biggest mistakes found were the replenishment orders were placed on a date to soon or to late in relation to the days supply on hand. Sadly, most companies don’t use lead time as a key metric in their supply chain to determine an item order point. Most inventory replenishment systems today are driven by plans or open to buy spreadsheets which are top down methods to determine the item order date. There are better answers…
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The Key Reason Your Inventory Replenishment System Loses Your Money

How close are your Inventory Replenishment processes to your end customers? Inventory Replenishment controls your largest dollar investment; is it the strongest link in your chain or is it time to tighten this link in your chain? Today’s smart phones have created smarter customers with higher service expectations for their retail stores. The information super highway has shortened a retailer’s corporate decision timeline for demand planning and inventory replenishment responses to market changes. The challenge is how to become more customer centric. How do you provide higher service for your customers with the right products, in the right quantity, at the right location, all in less time?
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