25 Aug 2021

Procurement Outsourcing Vs. Insourcing

2021-08-27T09:42:27-04:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Inventory Management, Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Outsourcing the procurement of some materials (direct or indirect) is appealing since most manufacturers lack the capabilities or capacity to successfully capture the full value of total spend optimization. Procurement outsourcing providers employ many resources that client companies often lack in sufficient quantities such as procurement expertise, category knowledge, technology, and processes. Yet, while outsourcing procurement has its advantages it also poses some risks…

24 May 2021

3 Keys to Making Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Work

2021-05-31T20:43:30-04:00May 24th, 2021|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain Management|Tags: , , , |

The ultimate goal of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is cost reduction. VMI achieves this by better controlling material and information flow. In VMI, the supplier performs the function of planning inventory for the client. The information must be shared between the two parties to allow the supplier to manage a high level of inventory visibility at the client’s location. Rather than the client having to place an order when stock runs low, it is the supplier’s responsibility to…