Companies that make the best use of the basic principles of planning and managing warehouse operations and inventory management have a competitive advantage. Organizations that lack warehouse strategic planning and inventory operational excellence lose profits, market share, cost advantages, and market leadership.
Traditional Supply Chain and Logistics channels are indeed changing. As organizations move from mass production and mass distribution to mass customization, creative approaches are needed in the management of warehousing and inventory. The challenge is always present, because different customers may demand different levels of service. Demand often cannot be forecasted, especially if one must deliver customized products or services exactly where the customer needs them.
Businesses today must understand that they are competing on the basis of time more than on any other factor. The rigors of supply chain management require that you take action to meet your customers’ demand for faster, more frequent, and more reliable deliveries. Your suppliers need to meet increasingly precise inbound schedules. Tomorrow’s customers are more likely to be in another country or continent than they are likely to be from across town, in another state, or in another province.
With a proven inventory management system and an A-B-C Analysis, you can transform your inventory into a proactive force that lowers your inventory investment, reduces carrying costs, boosts confidence in physical supply and distribution service levels, and increases customer and user satisfaction. From a storage and distribution perspective, you, as overseer of the supply management process, should also know how the warehousing layout design criteria and the space and storage schemes affect your material flow, service levels, computerization, and technology options.