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In his article “The Limitations of Cycle Counting,” author Richard T. Graff, CFPIM, writes: “Practitioners shouldn’t confuse measurement of accuracy with control of that accuracy.” Although he penned the piece way back in 1987, this quote remains just as accurate today as it was more than 25 years ago. Indeed, measurement is only the first step in the journey, not the end point.......Read More
Perhaps you have noticed that my professional title refers to “sales, inventory, and operations planning” (SIOP) rather than “sales and operations planning” (S&OP). I have been asked about this by some readers, so I now will clarify my understanding of SIOP.......Read More
About 15 years ago, Y2K precipitated the drive to centralize our systems. During the sprint to upgrade or replace our enterprise resources planning (ERP) and material requirements planning tools before the deadline, experts told us that a single process was key—one tool to maximize operations, make data consistent, and help our companies survive on a global basis.......Read More
As a result of the growth of online sales, progressive retailers are moving toward what is called omnichannel retailing. In this model, customers and sellers can move seamlessly among the different channels.......Read More
I recently helped implement a pull system that quickly grew from a tiny, controlled trial to a global initiative. Through this program, our material requirements planning (MRP) tool generated orders routinely, and the supplying sites were told to consider the dates as forecasts. ......Read More
Too much of a good thing—even an asset such as inventory—actually can reduce return on investment. As further proof, almost all continuous improvement strategies (lean, total quality management, six sigma, and more) share the theme of reducing waste. Excess inventory is most certainly potential waste.......Read More
Inventory accuracy requires discipline—and it’s never easy. But sometimes it just comes down to money. If you could spend $10,000 on pocket calculators to attain current records, would you?
To the inexperienced, managing repair parts is as simple as procuring a lot size of components to support production and adding a healthy safety stock to accommodate any repair-related sales. But this technique often results in either too much or not enough inventory to consistently satisfy both requirements.
An advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system alone is not the solution to alleviate capacity constraints. You cannot schedule your way out of a capacity problem; you can only control which orders are completed late.
Tolerating ineffective and wasteful processes will reflect poorly on managers' capabilities and, accordingly, their career prospects.
Chemicals can be costly to procure and store, and they need to follow complex reporting requirements. Managing this commodity group in a manufacturing organization takes serious planning.
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All inventory management systems have the same purpose—the right amount of inventory at the right place at the right time. A strong inventory system enables people to purchase and manufacture items based on consumption, yet buffers from variation.
Ultimately, the key to reducing supply chain expenses is to understand cost drivers. Product unit handling configuration is one such driver. It has great savings potential and has not yet been explored by many companies.......Read More
Despite the opinions of many, cycle counting is not a process to maintain accuracy; it is designed to discover how errors occurred and to eliminate the possibility of them recurring.......Read More
After more than half a century of extensive use around the world, material requirements planning still is the definitive solution for manufacturing companies. New approaches have supplemented the methodology, but they have not replaced it. ......Read More
Inventory's purpose is to decouple supply and demand and provide a buffer that protects against visibility and control shortcomings. The key is to have just enough buffer to generate an acceptable service level.
When a company gets serious about inventory accuracy and spends more time resolving problems than making excuses, maintaining inventory accuracy is much less intimidating. But always start the project by checking your assumptions.......Read More
Paired-cell overlapping loops of cards, or POLCA, was created as an alternative to kanban. Kanban is not intended to operate in environments of low volume or custom products, but POLCA is designed specifically to meet these needs.......Read More
How health care will develop in the future will be critical to how it operates as an industry, and supply chain management will have a new and important role to play in health care’s emerging dynamic.......Read More
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