This profile considers a variety of SKU types in one analysis – domestic vs. internationally source SKUs, warehouse-controlled vs. cross-docked SKUs, and fast vs medium vs. slow moving SKUs. The figure is an ABC Inventory Turns Profile which also categorizes items by domestic and international sourcing and cross-dock vs. traditional warehouse flow patterns. This profile helped to identify the surprising result that domestically sourced merchandise and internationally sourced merchandise were turning at nearly the same rate, even though international vendors were located literally half-way around the world. As our practice analysis revealed, the international vendors were consolidated into an EDI-based consolidation program managed by a large trading company. Domestic vendors were managed with pencil and paper and with little to no automated purchase order management. A simple spreadsheet-based tool was developed to help double the turns of domestic A items and increase service levels.
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SKU Type Inventory Profile
We frequently find it helpful to identify and rank order root and systemic causes of excess inventory. An example completed for a large HVAC client is depicted below. In this case the root causes in
The RightStock™ model also distinguishes between value added inventory (VAI) and excess, non-value added inventory (NVAI). Value added inventory is the sum of safety stock, lot size, and pipeline inventory. Those three types of inventory
Hedge inventory (HI) mitigates risks of potential sharp price increases, shortages in critical commodities, and extreme price and availability volatility for those same items. Fuel is a classic example of a commodity whose inventory may
Contingency and disaster inventory (CDI) insures against unexpected situations outside the realm of those covered by traditional safety stock inventory. Those situations include natural disasters, labor strikes, and other abnormal supply chain disruptions. For example,
The shortage factor is the % of an item's unit selling price (USP) that is lost in the event of a stockout and subsequent lost sale. It is used to compute the lost sales cost. For example, if the
Setup cost (SUC) is the cost to setup (prepare or changeover) a machine or production line to make a production run for a particular item or change between items. It is sometimes referred to as changeover cost (COC).
The purchase order cost (POC) is the cost of placing a purchase order from a vendor. The majority of those costs are related to sourcing, purchasing, and procurement salaries and benefits (italics) and include: Purchase
As a part of the National Science Foundation’s Japan Technology Evaluation Center I had the unique privilege to lead a major study for the U.S. government comparing U.S. and Japanese logistics systems. During the study
There are two conceptual models for inventory management – push and pull. The push inventory model is so called because the emphasis is on "pushing" speculative inventory, made-to-forecast (MTF) in response to forecasted demand, out
Order status communication should be proactive when there is an exception to the order contents, timing, or terms agreed upon at order entry. Order status information should be updated in real-time and should be available