Gartner Research

Improve Supply Chain Performance by Managing Three Inventory Categories

Published: 19 February 2016

ID: G00296021

Analyst(s): Paul Lord , Jan Kohler


Managing supply chain inventory requires unique decision support and governance for each of three separate categories: structural, operating and situational. This research introduces these categories and shares insights for supply chain leaders to apply for improved performance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Network Design Choices Impact Structural Inventory
  • Planning and Scheduling Decisions Impact Operating Inventory
  • Situational Inventory Requires Decision Support, Judgment and Governance


  • Demand Driven MRP

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