In this Expert View  international master instructor en supply chain expert Paul Denneman will explain the various aspects of inventory in the supply chain.

Not all inventories are managed the same way in the supply chain. Depending on channel positioning, companies will have very different views as to the

  1. Level of risk.
  2. Variety of inventory stocked.
  3. Amount of time inventory is expected to be stored.
  4. Quantity or volume of inventory needed to sustain customer service levels.

The difference between these decisions can be seen by reviewing how they impact the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who occupy various positions in the supply chain.

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