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The use of VMI has gained acceptance in many industries. What was once thought of as an experiment, has now become the preferred way of doing business.

This newsletter keeps you informed on the increasing growth of Vendor Managed Inventory. The recent news articles and press releases found within explore the innovation that is becoming the standard throughout the business world.

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VMI Articles & News

Datalliance Discusses Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory at 2012 EPTDA Annual Convention

Datalliance, the world's largest independent provider of Vendor Managed Inventory services, shared the benefits of VMI at the European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) convention held 26-28 September 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. Datalliance CEO and President, Carl Hall, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bob Jennings, participated by sharing their perspectives during the session titled "Improving Distributor Performance." This session focused on how VMI helps distributors improve service levels, increase inventory turns, reduce costs and strengthen supplier relationships.

Logistics and Shipping – VMI Article

January , 2013
Although retailer-managed replenishment programs are expected to continue, there are also expected to be a substantial growth in vendor-managed inventory (VMI) that is continuous replenishment. With electronic data interchange (EDI) and point of sale data, vendors can be as aware of what is on the retailer's shelf as the retailer itself.

Legrand Wiremold Picks Datalliance VMI Application for Vendor Managed Inventory Initiative

Datalliance announced today that Legrand, North America has selected the Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program for its Wiremold(R) product line. The Wiremold line is the industry's widest range of end-to-end wire and cable management pathway solutions. Wiremold products work together seamlessly to bring power and communications from point A to point B, in both residential and commercial applications.
"We see Vendor Managed Inventory as an avenue to help strengthen and build our distributor relationships. The VMI process will aim to help grow mutual sales and take cost out of the supply chain for both our customers and Legrand," said Brian DiBella, Vice President and General Manager for the Wiremold range at, Legrand.

NTN USA Selects Datalliance for Vendor Managed Inventory Initiative

Yahoo! Finance
Datalliance announced that NTN USA has selected the Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) service as the foundation for their Vendor Managed Inventory initiative. One of the largest bearing manufacturers in the world, NTN supplies the most comprehensive range of bearings, constant velocity joints, and other precision industrial and automotive equipment to meet a variety of applications, across a variety of industries. "We are continuously looking for ways to work more closely and effectively with our core customers," said Dennis Tanrikulu, VP Aftermarket Sales. "We see Vendor Managed Inventory as a critical technology to help strengthen our relationships with our distributor partners. The VMI process will not only help us streamline our supply chain, but will also help increase our mutual sales and ensure more reliable product availability. We selected Datalliance based on their leadership position in VMI in the Power Transmission (PT) segment. And they came strongly recommended from our key partners in the PT distributor community."

Kimberly-Clark Completes Move to Datalliance VMI

Kimberly-Clark, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, has completed the migration of its North American Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program to the Datalliance VMI platform. Kimberly-Clark is now using Datalliance VMI to manage its consumer brands for 15 retail partners.
"We selected Datalliance due to their flexibility to understand the needs of Kimberly-Clark and our customers," said Liz Neuman, Kimberly-Clark Director of Consumer Supply Chain Solutions. "The transition to Datalliance went smoothly due to on-going dialog and their willingness to customize applications. We are seeing increased analyst efficiency due to the tool's ease of use, which has resulted in the ability to leverage data to make better decisions."

Datalliance VMI Forum Focuses on Innovative Thinking in Vendor Managed Inventory

Digital Journal
This year's Datalliance VMI Forum, the world's largest annual cross-industry gathering focused entirely on the topic of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), attracted over 130 attendees from a wide range of consumer, industrial and healthcare industry segments. Attendees included representatives from suppliers, wholesale distributors and retailers. Held May 13-15 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Forum focused on innovative thinking across many aspects of VMI.
The Forum's program featured presentations from VMI Program Managers at AGCO and Goodyear/Veyance, a "retailer's perspective" session with Larry Binkowski, recently retired Director of Grocery Procurement at Kroger Company, and a workshop on Innovation Engineering presented by Maggie Nichols, COO of Eureka! Ranch. The program included industry breakout sessions for consumer packaged goods and industrial products. Management and user tracks addressed topics such as VMI Analytics, sustaining VMI success, a look at how VMI has grown over the years and the social impact of VMI. A combined supplier/distributor panel discussion included representatives from Harmon HVS, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, Hoffman and Meritor.

How Your Small Business Can Benefit From Vendor Managed Inventory

United Surface Preparations Website
For most small manufacturing businesses, the necessary inventory of raw materials, product parts and sub-assemblies, and consumable supplies tends to be tedious and expensive to manage and maintain. Waste and loss are quite commonplace. That’s why many management consultants and supply-chain experts now encourage companies to replace traditional supply-chain management strategies with the more effective methods of Vendor Managed Inventory. VMI can benefit both customers who let their suppliers make use of it and suppliers who learn to do it for their customers.

Framework to Implementation for Vendor Managed Inventory

International Journal of Engineering Research and Development
The management of inventory by the supplier or vendor continues to draw attention in many industries. The operational benefits of VMI are very compelling. The costs of implementing VMI include investment in technology and in creating the organizational structure. Many of the technology costs associated with VMI are declining. Most of the inventory reduction achieved with VMI can be attributed to more frequent inventory reviews, order intervals, and deliveries that characterize this approach. Opportunities for greater coordination of activities among supply chain participants can be exploited in sophisticated ways to increase the value created by VMI. ..

McNaughton-McKay and Hubbell Build Relationship Then Drive Results With Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory

The improved business relationship between McNaughton-McKay and Hubbell has helped to drive business results for both organizations. "Participating in Hubbell's VMI program and using the Datalliance VMI service has given us the flexibility to modify and somewhat customize our VMI environment to better address our needs," added Kuntzman. "On a tactical level, we have virtually eliminated the amount of time our buyers spend dealing with Hubbell orders, greatly reducing our transaction costs, but more importantly, freeing up our buyers to work on more strategic initiatives. From a broader business perspective, over a year-to-year period we have increased sales over 50%, increased the number of items by 27% and improved customer service by 14% for Hubbell products handled through VMI. Those are very impressive metrics for our industry."

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