3 Supply Chain Tips for Managing a Balanced Inventory


One of the most difficult aspects of a supply chain is inventory management. When too many products remain in stock for too long, it negatively impacts your bottom line. And with an overcrowded warehouse, some products can slide into obsolescence or even become damaged. Alternatively, lacking the right inventory to keep customers happy could lead to increased costs related to more expensive shipping, lost sales and lower margins. The good news is, there are 3 tips to help you optimize your inventory. By acting now, you can manage a balanced inventory to boost profits.

Tracking Reserved or Allocated Inventory

Having a precise picture of current inventory is crucial if you want to avoid problems. Including products in inventory already allocated to customers can cause a situation where you don’t have enough in stock. By keeping track of reserved inventory, you can order products based on accurate information, not conjecture.

Handling Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Storing vendor-managed inventory in your warehouse is another challenge, and keeping track of the VMI products you sell is imperative if you want to maintain a strong relationship with a supplier. Notifying a vendor of used or sold items and paying an invoice for used products at time of usage can go a long way to keeping suppliers happier and optimizing inventory.

Manage Obsolete Inventory

Avoid the problems that accompany obsolete inventory. If you stock outdated products in your warehouse, you could face significant revenue losses and space issues. So tracking this inventory, and circumventing the purchase of it, can help you reduce inventory write-offs and lost profits.

Your Business Needs Advanced Inventory Management™ Software

So how can you effectively manage inventory to realize maximum profits? Advanced Inventory Management is the complete solution to optimize inventory and increase revenue. It gives you total visibility into your entire inventory, across multiple warehouse locations. Aside from tracking reserved inventory, vendor managed inventory, and obsolete inventory, you gain a suite of tools to help you optimize inventory, avoiding unnecessary expenses and boosting the bottom line.

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Dominic Telaro

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CFPIM, CIRM | Vice President Industry Solutions | APICS Fellow and Certified in Integrated Resource Management Over 35 years of Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain Operational, Software and Consulting experience. His professional career has been in Manufacturing and Distribution from shop floor roles through to implementing ERP, DRP and Supply Chain solutions and on to leveraging this rich experience to consulting, product management, product development and software sales. He has held positions as VP of Industry Solutions, VP of Product Development, VP of Sales and Marketing and Global Practice Leader for companies like IBIS Inc., IBM, Janis Group, Metamor, Marcam Corp. and more. Presently he is responsible for the Supply Chain Industry vertical at Sonata Software with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations as a core technology solution expertise. Dominic publishes many blogs and articles for the industry and has been a guest speaker for multiple industry events

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