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The Definitive Guide to Modern Supply Chain Management (Collection) by Sara Lewis, Michael Watson, John Bell, Thomas J. Goldsby, Peter Cacioppi, Jay Jayaraman, Chuck Munson, Chad W. Autry, Mark A. Moon

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Case 9. Multi-Echelon Inventory Decisions at Jefferson Plumbing Supplies: To Store or Not to Store?

Amit Eynan

Robins School of Business, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA; aeynan@richmond.edu

It was 4:55 on Friday afternoon before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), a ¾-mile D-shaped asphalt track that is known for its four 38-foot by 24-foot high-definition LED screens used to broadcast live race action. Alex Halek, Jefferson Plumbing Supplies’ Inventory Manager, was looking forward to spending the weekend at the race with two of his friends whom he had not seen since last year’s Sprint Cup. He returned to his office to read a few letters that were waiting on his desk before heading home to ...

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