Lowering cost is always at the top of every production department’s list, but many manufacturers just shop for the lowest price and completely miss the bigger cost-saving opportunity. By examining the total cost of ownership, or TCO, you can identify the places your money is going, from the obvious costs to those less apparent.

The TCO will, of course, include the price on the invoice, but this visible cost is only about fifteen percent of the total, much like the tip of an iceberg. The other eighty-five percent, hidden below the surface, is wrapped up in labor, transportation, holdings, safety stock and errors.

Over the course of this series, we will dissect each segment of both visible and hidden costs to expose all the variables you can consider to reduce expenditures.

Come back to Falcon Fastening soon to find out more about inefficiency number one – labor costs, which are draining your productivity and your bottom line.

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5 Supply Inefficiencies Costing You a Fortune…Continued

Supply Inefficiency Intro
Supply Inefficiency IntroTotal Cost of Ownership
Lowering cost is a top priority, but many manufacturers just shop for the lowest price and completely miss the bigger cost-saving opportunity.
Supply Inefficiency No. 1
Supply Inefficiency No. 1Labor Related Costs
If you are purchasing and warehousing your inventory on-site, you should be aware of labor costs that are significantly contributing to your total cost of ownership, or TCO.
Supply Inefficiency No. 2
Supply Inefficiency No. 2Carry Costs
Inventory carrying cost can be up to about twenty-five percent of the overall value of the inventory, but this can be much higher without proper management.
Supply Inefficiency No. 3
Supply Inefficiency No. 3Buying Direct
It might seem better to purchase inventory directly from the manufacturer or supplier, but the cost of doing so includes more than just the purchase price.
Supply Inefficiency No. 4
Supply Inefficiency No. 4Freight Costs
If you are buying inventory direct, freight charges can quickly eat away at any cost savings benefit you initially believed you would realize, especially if you are using multiple suppliers.
Supply Inefficiency No. 5
Supply Inefficiency No. 5Error-Related Costs
When things don’t go as planned, course-correcting can be an expensive and painful process. Error-related costs, such as downtime, can make or break a production budget.
Supply Inefficiency & The VMI Solution
Supply Inefficiency & The VMI SolutionReduce Costs with VMI
Now, let’s look at how a vendor managed inventory, or VMI, solution addresses these five supply inefficiencies.