Gartner Research

Inventory Excellence Boosts Supply Chain Contribution to Value and Growth

Published: 23 October 2015

ID: G00278124

Analyst(s): Paul Lord


Mastering inventory maximizes cash flow for investment in business growth. Supply chain leaders can use this research as a framework for strategic engagement and operating improvements that drive inventory excellence for business value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build Inventory Intelligence With Visibility and Analytics
    • Financial Versus Operational Inventory Intelligence
    • Analyze and Communicate Inventory's Functions in the Supply Chain
    • Analysis to Identify and Eliminate Inventory Waste
  • Align the Supply Network With Demand Patterns
    • Account for the Impact of Network Design Decisions on Supply Lead Time and Inventory
    • Manage Constraints and Eliminate Inexpensive Bottlenecks
  • Control and Optimize Product Supply
    • Optimize Cycle Stock With Economic Supply Quantities
    • Standardize and Automate Replenishment Decisions
    • Use S&OP to Align Supply Planning Decisions With Demand
  • Integrate Operational Supply and Demand Processes for Increased Intelligence and Agility
    • Orchestrate Supply With S&OP/S&OE Integration
    • Enable and Accelerate "Order-to-Ship" Lead Times
    • Selectively Apply Advanced Analytics
  • Enable and Support Demand Management and Product Portfolio Decisions

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