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Supply Chain Bar Code Scanning  

Supply Chain Bar Code Scanning  

Supply Chain Bar Code Scanning   We recently surveyed supply chain organizations with the most urgent need for supply chain visibility and tracking. One of the questions we asked was about the extent and timing of bar code scanning in their supply chains. Surprisingly...
Inbound Logistics Stratification

Inbound Logistics Stratification

The performance and activity classification of suppliers should be used in conjunction with the SKU inbound activity classification to segment the inbound logistics activity into nine or more segments.  As a minimum, specific inbound strategies should be developed for...
Inventory Visibility Optimization

Inventory Visibility Optimization

Inventory levels to a large degree are about trust. Since we tend to not trust what we can’t see, any blind spots or poor visibility in the supply chain will be places where excess inventory accumulates. The value of visibility is replacing information about inventory...
Interleaving

Interleaving

A good warehouse management system should maintain an on-going to-do list of required transactions based on event triggers. The system should assign efficient batches of multiple transaction of work to warehouse resources. The execution of multiple tasks in a single...
Inventory Deployment

Inventory Deployment

Sometimes it’s not the amount of inventory but where it is located that makes the difference. The allocation and assignment of inventory to multiple locations is inventory deployment. It is one of the most complex inventory strategy decisions because it opens up...
Inventory Deployment

Inventory Deployment

Sometimes it’s not the amount of inventory but where it is located that makes the difference. The allocation and assignment of inventory to multiple locations is inventory deployment. It is one of the most complex inventory strategy decisions because it opens up...
Two-Bin System

Two-Bin System

The two-bin inventory control method is mainly used for small or low value items at the point of use. Very simply, when the inventory in the first bin is depleted, an order is placed to refill that bin. The order may be placed manually or electronically. In some cases...
Inventory Control Policy

Inventory Control Policy

As is the case in any type of system, there needs to be a reliable control policy for the operation of an inventory system.  The choice of the control system depends on the complexity of the operating scenario, the number of items that need to be controlled, the...
Lot Size Simulation

Lot Size Simulation

Just as the prevailing trade press winds have blown toward lower and lower inventory, they have carried with them the move toward smaller and smaller lot sizes; highly flexible production cells; mixed model rapid changeovers; and lot sizes approaching one. In many...
Lot Sizing Introduction

Lot Sizing Introduction

To teach lot size optimization I like to use an example that is close to home. Suppose you live in Georgia and there is only one ATM machine in the state. The single ATM is located in a small, remote town in south Georgia (Are there other kinds?). The ATM is only open...