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The Global Supply Chain and Risk Management by Stuart Rosenberg

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PART III

Inventory Management

The heart and soul of any and all supply chains is inventory movement and storage. Much of the activity involved in managing relationships is based on the purchase, transfer, or management of inventory. As such, inventory plays a critical role in supply chains because it is a salient focus of supply chains. Perhaps the most fundamental role that inventory plays in supply chains is that of facilitating the balancing of demand and supply. To effectively manage the forward and reverse flows in the supply chain, firms have to deal with upstream supplier exchanges and downstream customer demands. This puts an organization in the position of trying to strike a balance between fulfilling the demands of customers, which ...

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