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Key Principles for Implementing MEIO to Cope With Supply Chain Variability

Published: 23 September 2016

ID: G00298549

Analyst(s): Tim Payne


More global, complex supply chains are driving the need for multiechelon inventory optimization. CSCOs considering MEIO can use this research to understand how to reduce inventory by creating a better balance between supply and demand and to support supply chain segmentation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Strong Foundation Before Implementing MEIO
  • Start With a Pilot Focused on Finished Goods
  • Focus on Optimize Planning, Followed by Configure and Respond Planning Categories
  • Link MEIO With S&OP to Ensure Business Input and Buy-In

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