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Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Let’s Manage Inventory for Our Customers

Amazon is propelling this age-old topic into a new realm. Since the CEO of the Ontario Airport Authority used the phrase “last mile” has become “last minute” on a panel I facilitated last year, I have shamelessly reapplied his brillant quote. If customers don’t even know what they want, [...]

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) – Success Depends on People

As with almost every topic our clients call about, Vendor Managed Inventory or VMI and supply chain partner collaboration programs are no different. Success directly correlates to people. Questions You Should Ask When Coordinating VMI Do your employees and partners understand VMI and the benefits of VMI? Undoubtedly, success is [...]

VMI – Supply Chain Collaboration on Steroids

Collaboration is at the center of successful working relationships with your supply chain partners. Supply chain collaboration is in vogue. Customers have figured out that if suppliers have access to more information on what they need and what is important to them that they'll typically do a better job [...]

VMI – What are the Benefits?

Vendor Managed Inventory is gaining in popularity as people realize the many benefits of supply chain collaboration. Vendor managed inventory can have many benefits - both from a strategic perspective and a tactical one. We are seeing that it is gaining in popularity as manufacturers and distributors and retail [...]

VMI – Do You Need Software?

A Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) initiative will improve services levels and may not require supporting software. Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) - do you need software? Of course, the answer is "It depends". A few items to think about to determine if you need software to support a VMI initiative: [...]

Customer Collaboration on Orders = RESULTS

Working in partnership with your customers delivers winning results on both ends. Customer collaboration has become cornerstone to success in today’s supply chain driven world. We are all part of a supply chain, and so we must look for ways to thrive within our supply chains. Undoubtedly, those who [...]

4 Keys to VMI Success

The keys to vendor managed inventory (VMI) success. Before talking about the keys to achieving VMI (vendor managed inventory) success, the question is: what is VMI? VMI is a process where the supplier places purchase orders for their customers to agreed-upon metrics. Why VMI? I'm a supply chain and [...]

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