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Apply 4 Principles to Orchestrate Situational Decisions Involving Anticipation Inventory

Published: 15 February 2019

ID: G00375241

Analyst(s): Peter Schram , Paul Lord


Situational decisions involving anticipation inventory must be managed differently from operational cost and service trade-offs. Supply chain leaders can use this research to drive better alignment of situational decisions that achieve the desired balance between risk and opportunity.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Manage Situational Decisions Differently
  • Use Governance to Escalate and Extend Decision Time Horizons
    • Key Actions
  • Expand Stakeholder Thinking by Framing Situational Decisions
    • Build Anticipation Inventory That Reflects Demand Confidence and the Opportunity-Risk Relationship
    • Consider Options Beyond Anticipation Inventory
    • Key Actions
  • Document Situational Decisions and Analyze Commercial and Financial Impacts
    • Key Actions
  • Pursue Learning and Improvement Opportunities

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