?As Supply Chain and Business Leaders, we do not have to be reminded about just
how tough things are in this economy. Sales are most likely down with the dramatic
drop in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the slump has continued thus far in 2009. No
one knows how long this is going to last or what markets will look like when a
With the sudden drop in sales, most companies have inventory concerns. This is
especially true if products are imported, or contain components, from Asia. For many,
orders were already processed and on the water when the sales fell. As a result, our
inventory levels are too high.
Not only may inventory levels be too high, but they are probably also imbalanced.
Customer and consumers alike, if they are buying at all, are looking for the lower
priced, lower margin, value products in our portfolios. As the sales mix has shifted,
our inventory balance has as well. We may have too little inventory in what is selling
and too much of what isn't. While we're swimming in some inventory and
experiencing stock outs in others, our customer service is probably suffering.
When was the last time our re-order points and order quantities, the basic inventory
management parameters, were recalculated? If we cannot answer this question, such
recalculations are way overdue. Recalculating re-order points and order quantities is
not part of a normal business protocol and we may even think this happens
automatically in our MRP systems. This is simply not the case.
These parameters must be updated on a regular basis. The more volatile the economy,
the more frequently this must be done. With cutbacks and layoffs, we may have lost
skilled staff in materials management who should be managing these tasks.
Cadent Resources, Inc. is a company dedicated to providing this service. They offer a
free assessment to any distributor or manufacturer who may be interested in
evaluating their reorder points. Cadent Resources will upload a company's data to
their DemandCaster demand management tool and provide a reorder point assessment
of their top 100 items. The assessment includes a comparison of current reorder points
against a statistically calculated level that takes into account the volatility and change
in demand. If the analysis points to differences, the company can then take action
accordingly to address this very important cost influencing parameter.
To participate, go to to download the file "Reorder Point Data Extraction Worksheet".
To prepare your data for analysis or please call Cadent Resources toll free at
866.865.2714 ext. 1 to learn more. All data will be kept in strict confidence. Cadent
Resources will sign a non-disclosure agreement at a company's request.
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