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Fall Newsletter 2010

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

Data-Driven Vendor- Managed Inventory

Beth Badrakhan - Electrical Wholesaling
This article describes the numerous benefits and considerations of utilizing a vendor-managed inventory (VMI) strategy. IDEA’s B2B eCommerce solution, Industry Data Exchange (IDX) and Synchronization solution, Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), are mentioned as supplement technologies that can help make VMI management more efficient. Companies on both the manufacturer and distributor side credit the use of a VMI system for helping the entire supply chain directly and indirectly cut costs, eliminate waste and help achieve seamless automation. B2B leaders at Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Kirby Risk, Panduit, Revere Electric and Van Meter Industrial are quoted.

Vendor-Managed Inventory Implementation Considerations. It's Not a Panacea...

Stephen Guth
Here's a short white paper on vendor-managed inventory implementations recently drafted by Stephen Guth (Vendor Managemnet Office Blog)

Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment Initiatives: A State of Art

R.A. Kubde and S.V. Bansod, 2010. Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment Initiatives: A State of Art. Asian Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2: 89-104.
Collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment involve the joint determination of forecasting through pooled knowledge and information. CPFR enables trading partners to improve operational efficiency through a systematic process of sharing and utilizing information across firm level boundaries. This study aims to provide the reader a complete picture of CPFR through a systematic literature review.

Purpose of Inventory Management

Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Keeping in view all concerns, the latest concept of Vendor Managed Inventory is used to optimize the Inventory. We are entering into Vendor Managed Inventory. Annual Rate Contracts with manufacturers or their authorized dealers, who maintain Inventory on our behalf and supply the items as and when required. VMI reduces stock-outs and optimize inventory in supply chain.

VMI Press Releases/News

84% Expect Supply Chain Complexity to Increase in the Next Three Years

A key factor driving the need for stronger and more flexible B2B programs is the growing complexity in supply chains. More than 86 percent of supply chain executives expect complex requests from customers, such as vendor-managed inventory (VMI), cross-docking and floor-ready merchandise, to increase through 2013.

Dayton Parts and Betts Truck Parts & Service Use VMI to Streamline Inventory Management

Sam Stantial, VP of Sales, Dayton Parts, states: "We are always looking for opportunities to improve our relationship with core distributors, expand our product breadth at their locations, and grow sales. After evaluating the potential benefits... we realized VMI was critical to accomplishing our objectives. We saw VMI as a tool to allow us to better collaborate with our distributors and give us a competitive advantage in challenging economic times, as well as during industry growth cycles."

The IPEX Group Selects Vendor Managed Inventory Service

The IPEX Group of Companies, manufacturers of a diverse line of integrated thermoplastic piping systems, has selected the Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory service to serve as the foundation technology for the company's Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program. The IPEX Group will initially implement Datalliance VMI with one its key distributor partners, Gerrie Electric.

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