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One of the surest ways to reduce your company’s inventory costs is to use a vendor managed inventory agreement. Success or failure with these agreements is dependent upon strong cohesion between your purchasing department and its vendor base. Delays are commonplace and manageable, but inaccurate information is much more costly and far more damaging. As such, many of today’s enterprises are upgrading their enterprise mobility network with rugged handheld computers, and they’re giving these computers to a purchasing department that must manage an ever-expanding vendor base.

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Can your sales team use its enterprise mobility hardware to reduce the damaging effects of inventory obsolescence? In order to answer this question, it’s important to reflect upon how companies typically view a drastic decline in sales. Most companies would concern themselves with lost gross profit, others with lost revenue, and still others might be more concerned about the company’s declining market share. Still, others would reflect upon the ups and downs of business cycles and rationalize that declining sales are always followed by a sudden increase in customer demand. Unfortunately, few would stop and think about the costs of holding inventory without sales, and even fewer would understand the high costs of holding inventory customers can no longer purchase. However, there are other companies who use the lull in customer demand to liquidate their outdated inventory. More to the point, they use their enterprise mobility solutions as the catalyst to get that initiative going. Therefore, can a salesperson’s rugged handheld computer help liquidate that inventory before it’s too late? Absolutely!
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How does your purchasing department currently manage its vendor base? For instance, does your enterprise rely upon enterprise mobility solutions that empower your purchasing department to better manage incoming shipments of raw materials and finished goods? Or, do you handcuff your purchasing department by asking them to rely upon manual vendor management practices, ones that aren’t live and can’t possibly give your company the kind of up-to-the-minute data it needs to manage its inventory, its vendor’s deliveries, and most importantly, its supply chain? Granted, these three questions are set up to lead you, the reader, into the eventual conclusion that manual processes are problematic and costly, while enterprise mobility solutions are accurate and timely. Well, the simple fact is, manual processes are costly. They are problematic and time-consuming and most importantly, they do make it extremely difficult to manage a vendor base in today’s fast paced business environment. Put differently, if your company is using manual processes, but your competitors are using handheld rugged computers, then whom do you think is better able to manage its supply chain? Bottom line, your company needs to do away with manual processes.

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How much does inventory damage cost your enterprise? Have you taken the time to define these costs and their impact on your bottom line? More importantly, do you know why damage occurs so frequently within your warehouse? When answering these questions, think of the high costs of managing a supply chain with manual processes. Think of the number of data entry errors that occur as a result of managing inventory via excel spreadsheets and tables. Think not of how fragile your inventory is, but how purchasing more than needed forces your warehouse personnel to overstock shelves with huge volumes of finished goods your company has no orders for. Ultimately, think of how much more damage is likely to occur the longer you hold that excess inventory.

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There are two cost drivers that often mean the difference between making a profit on a sale and incurring a loss. One pertains to the high costs to finance inventory, while the other pertains to the high costs to finance receivables. Every business would love to be able to lower both. One includes having high inventory turnover rates, and the other relies upon finding customers who pay on time, every time. Most companies understand that doing both is extremely difficult, if not next to impossible. Unfortunately, both of these costs are exacerbated when companies run manual processes, processes that are based on running inventory and accounting on excel spreadsheets. Imagine the damage that is incurred when companies run both of these business functions on separate spreadsheets. Imagine how difficult it is to reconcile inventory and accounting when neither of these methods is live and neither of are capable of “speaking” with one another. It is the perfect storm and easy to see how manual processes do nothing more than make these costs more severe. What is the solution for those enterprises that want to do away with these high costs?

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Interested in knowing how upgrading your manual processes to enterprise mobility hardware can help reduce inventory carrying costs for your company? Perhaps you are unaware of what these expenditures entail and how detrimental they are to your bottom line. Do you know that your inventory costs are likely driven by two main factors? One is your costs to purchase and hold inventory, while the other is your cost of losing revenue when inventory is not in your warehouse. Most enterprises assume that their carrying costs only pertain to the time it takes to purchase, hold and sell their inventory. The time it takes to complete these steps means companies must invest large amounts of capital in inventory without immediate returns. Equally impactful are the high costs associated with losing market share and sales, simply because your company does not have the right amount of inventory to fulfill customer orders. That comes from inaccurate inventory counts and tracking, which is often the result of companies that are slow to adopt best business practices with respect to how they manage their inventory. However, upgrading your warehouse management practices with enterprise mobility solutions can reduce the impact of these costs across the board. What can you expect from upgrading your inventory processes?

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Does your company track the impact of lost sales on your inventory costs? Surprised to hear that lost sales is viewed by many companies as a cost of inventory? Do not be shocked! It is important to note that any cost resulting from how inventory is managed, can be seen as a cost of managing inventory. If a company loses a sale because of low inventory counts, or because of a lack of adequate inventory, then that lost sale is a direct cost of inventory. It is ultimately why some companies establish gross profit objectives for their procurement department. If the company loses a sale, then it could lose a customer and that can eventually lead to a loss of market share. So if losing a sale is a cost of inventory, what can companies do to reduce its impact? More importantly, what does it mean when a company encounters too many lost sales due to low inventory counts?

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Managing slow moving inventory is never easy. There’s the constant concern of the inventory becoming damaged or worse, ruined beyond repair. Companies must therefore be proactive in selling this inventory when the opportunity presents itself. In this regard, a number of companies become concerned with the impacts and costs of slow moving inventory on their bottom line. So, how does inventory become obsolete and what strategies can companies adopt to stop it from happening?

When thinking of slow moving inventory, think of the company’s financing costs to retain and hold inventory for extended periods. The longer it’s held, the higher the costs and the more likely the inventory will become obsolete. To quantify these costs, Continue reading “Inventory, How Does it go From Slow Moving to Obsolete?” »

Supply ContractThe right supply contract can effectively reduce your carrying costs, improve your vendor relationships and improve your company’s market position. Most Companies don’t take the time to define what their inventory carrying really are. Are you aware of what’s included in these carrying costs and how they impact your bottom line? More importantly, do you use supply agreements with vendors to reduce the impact of theses costs, shorten turn times on material and improve your own product to market lead times? Perhaps you’re unaware of how these contracts work and their ability to streamline your supply chain. If that’s the case, don’t despair! Continue reading “Carrying Costs Reductions with Supply Contracts” »

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