Chapter 5

Technologies for dealing with error in supply chain planning

William E. Stillman,    Executive Vice President and Co-owner of GAINSystems (retired)


To achieve the “Perfect Order” consistently, with the maximum contribution to margin, one needs to plan across the enterprise at the most granular level. This means planning at the item or stock-keeping unit (SKU) level for every location (SKUL) where inventory is held or used. The Science of IO envelops every aspect of the enterprise where any piece of inventory rests or passes through. When management plans to deliver the “Perfect Order,” it needs to incorporate—comprehensively—every element of the enterprise simultaneously, because, every component of the enterprise, down to the ...

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