Articles on Inventory Management

Inventory management and supply chain management are the backbone of any business operations. Important concepts of Inventory Management are discussed in detail.

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Inventory is a necessary evil that every organization would have to maintain for various purposes. Reasons why organizations maintain Inventory are discussed in detail.

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All Manufacturing and Marketing Companies hold Finished Goods inventories in various locations and all through Finished Goods Supply Chain.

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Inventory Management requires smart planning and continuous monitoring of the inventory levels coupled with quick decision-making. Many organizations generally tend to avoid holding inventories except at certain times.

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Inventory is categorized into two types based on the demand pattern, which creates the need for inventory. The two types of demand are Independent Demand and Dependant Demand for inventories.

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Inventory costs are basically categorized into three headings - Ordering Costs, Carrying Costs and Shortage or stock out Cost and Cost of Replenishment.

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In most of the organizations inventory is categorized according to ABC Classification method, which is based on pareto principle. The article discusses about the advantages and disadvantages of ABC Classification.

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Inventory control is exercised through inventory audits and cycle counts. An inventory audit essentially comprises of auditing the books stocks and transactions and matching physical stocks with the book stock.

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The inter-dependence of transactions which are sequential and parallel, renders inventory susceptible to inefficiencies occurring in operations, transactions, and documentation over a period of time.

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The efficiencies of inventory management are largely dependent upon the skills and knowledge of the inventory planners, the focus and involvement of management and the management policies coupled with the inventory management system.

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Every unit of Inventory has an economic value in the books of the company. Therefore as an asset one needs to have a control over the inventory and ensure that the books stock matches with the physical stock.

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In any business, it is essential to have optimum inventory at all times. The company should have clearly defined metrics to measure and define inventory health as well as inventory operations health.

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Inventory turnover is an indicative of health of inventory operations. The inventory turnover as a measure of health of sales and business is used extensively in Retail, textile as well as FMCG segments.

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An inventory strategy can be designed on paper but then to be able make it operational, one needs to have a realistic exposure and experience to the field operations and have a hang of how things work on the ground.

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Inventory Planner's main job consists of analyzing demand and deciding when to order and how much to order new inventories.

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