The “Great Recession,” as it’s now called, has certainly hit every company pretty hard. Demand is down, fuel costs are up and uncertainty abounds. Supply chain professionals understand that today’s fuel surcharges are just part of the day-to-day hassles of managing incoming shipments. Higher freight impacts gross profit margins, and companies are often forced to absorb the losses. However, procurement professionals aren’t just burdened by higher freight; inventory financing is also steadily increasing, this despite today’s historically low interest rates. Unfortunately, if customers take too long to pay their invoices, then a company’s financing costs will increase, no matter how low interest rates are. So, with freight on the rise, and financing steadily increasing, what must your company do to reduce its inventory and supply chain costs?
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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.
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?
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?
The 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” »
Do low inventory counts always equate to low costs? After all, inventory is more expensive the longer it’s held and maintaining low inventory levels does help to reduce the high costs of inventory damage and obsolescence. In addition, low inventory also means the company’s is reducing its daily cost of money. However, while a company’s costs to finance inventory can be a concern, a number of companies are surprised to see just how much their inventory costs them when their inventory counts are too low. In fact, an argument can easily be made that a company’s cost to maintain low inventory is just as high, if not higher, than having too much inventory. So how is this possible? More importantly, what are the main cost drivers of a company who maintains too low an inventory count? Continue reading “Inventory Counts, What are the Costs if They Get Low?” »
High Volume Purchases Versus a Company’s Inventory Carrying Costs:
Companies are always troubled by that nagging concern of whether they have too much or too little inventory. It’s this constant struggle that prohibits them from making sound decisions, decisions that could help reduce their procurement costs while providing them with the right amount of inventory at the right time. It’s a balancing act and one that causes many procurement professionals headaches. However, is there a way a company can measure the savings accrued through Continue reading “Inventory – Measuring Savings” »
Have you taken the time to define your company’s inventory carrying costs? More importantly, are you aware of how these carrying costs reduce gross profit and impact your company’s bottom line? If not, then it’s about time you identify your inventory’s biggest cost drivers. These costs don’t merely include the price paid for parts and raw materials. They also include the per-unit freight costs on incoming and outgoing shipments, the costs of inventory obsolescence, inventory damage, ruined Continue reading “What Should Your Company Include in its Inventory Carrying Costs?” »