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Order Cycle Optimization: 3rd Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Happy Friday and Welcome Back to the Series! We've been talking about the 7 components it takes to get demand planning right. Today it's Step #3,...

Lead Time Forecasting: The 2nd Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Welcome back to our '7 Essential Steps' Series! We hope you enjoyed last week's post on demand forecasting. Today it's onto the 2nd essential step...

Demand Forecasting: The 1st Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Let's face it. When you are out of stock, it's the buyer's fault. When you are overstocked, it's the buyer's fault. And should anything go...
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Kicking the Expensive Habit of Fixed Cycle Buying

Fixed Cycle Buying is the silent producer of excess inventory. Your suppliers that have been set to replenish on a fixed cycle like ‘every Monday’...

How to Manage Long Lead Times, Slow Movers and Other Profit Stealers – Part...

We're all hyper-aware of how erratic demand and long lead times impact profitability. No one wants to be a cost center, but these and...

7 Habits of Today’s Top Inventory Management Teams

What can you learn from the habits of today's top inventory management teams? We've been collecting insights from blue-chip inventory analysts over the years and...

11-Point Checklist for Perishable Inventory Management

Today’s consumers are busier and more health conscious. They want fresh grocery delivery, meal kits and even temperature-sensitive products like pharmaceuticals. Several retail trends are...

Pricing Strategies for Distributors

Leveraging Your Switzerland Position Distributors sit in a zone we call Switzerland… the middle of the supply chain between the manufacturer and the final customer,...

Managing Inventory Chaos During Distribution and Wholesale M&A

What the ‘M&A boom’ is doing to distributors’ purchasing teams is more than just an annoyance. It’s a big cash problem. One that’s easily solved with technology.

How to Manage Erratic Demand (Profitably): Profit Stealers Part 1 of 2

While there are many guilty parties in inventory analysis, high demand deviation is the one that's adding more to your expenses than to your...