2.1 Inventory Integrity

2.2 Inventory Philosophies

2.3 Inventory Types

2.4 Out of Stock Conditions

2.5 Planning Parameters

2.6 Financial Terms

2.7 Demand Terms

2.8 Decision Variables

2.9 Inventory Interdependencies

I rarely encounter obstacles to good inventory performance that cannot be overcome with sound fundamentals. These building blocks and intrinsic trade-offs seem to elude all but the world-class few who have recognized that breakthroughs are in the basics.

A few months ago I facilitated an inventory strategy workshop with a manufacturer of high-tech components. During the workshop they proudly presented their supply chain and inventory performance and practices. They had even set their sales and operations ...

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