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Optimizing Your Inventory Planning and Management Strategies

Optimizing Your Inventory Planning and Management Strategies

Inventory planning and management are two critical processes that companies must carefully manage to ensure they can meet customer demand while minimizing costs and maximizing profitability.

Inventory planning involves monitoring inventory levels and replenishing stock according to service level requirements, financial goals, and production capacities. It involves working closely with manufacturers and other stakeholders to ensure future inventory can meet anticipated demand and avoid shortages or service level defaults.

Unilog has the capacity to handle inventory planning for their customers, which requires a high level of confidence and trust between the customer and the company. Unilog’s experience in inventory planning and its close relationships with its customers and partners makes our planners uniquely qualified to handle these responsibilities.

Inventory management, on the other hand, involves ensuring that physical and system inventory is properly managed by vendors to avoid discrepancies or inventory issues. It involves closely monitoring inventory levels and controlling the warehouse where the items are stored to ensure that inventory is correctly managed at all times.

Inventory management is critical to the success of order management, as it ensures that the items being shipped to customers are properly managed and accounted for. Unilog places a high emphasis on inventory management and works closely with their partners to ensure that inventory is properly managed and any issues are promptly reported and addressed.

Unilog’s Logivice operational system plays a critical role in their inventory planning and management processes. It allows for high efficiency and visibility into inventory levels and quality, providing accurate reports and allowing for proactive decision-making.

Inventory planning and management are complex processes that require a high level of attention to details and close collaboration between partners and vendors. Unilog’s experience and expertise in these areas, coupled with high commitment to use advanced tools and technologies like Logivice, make them a reliable partner for businesses looking to improve their inventory planning and management processes.

Strategies for Effective Inventory Planning

Effective inventory planning requires businesses to have a clear understanding of their inventory levels and demand patterns. This information can then be used to create a comprehensive inventory planning strategy that balances customer demand, financial goals, and production needs.

Some of the strategies that businesses can use to improve their inventory planning processes include:

  • Demand forecasting: Using historical sales data, trends, and market intelligence to predict future demand patterns.
  • Safety stock management: Maintaining a buffer stock of inventory to ensure that unexpected demand can be met without causing shortages.
  • ABC analysis: Classifying inventory based on its value and usage frequency to identify items that require close monitoring and management.
  • Vendor management: Working closely with vendors to ensure that inventory is delivered on time and in the correct quantities.
  • Technology adoption: Leveraging inventory management software and other advanced tools to streamline inventory planning processes and improve accuracy.

Key Metrics for Inventory Management

To effectively manage inventory, businesses must track and analyze several key metrics. These metrics can provide insights into inventory levels, demand patterns, and potential issues that need to be addressed. Some of the key metrics for inventory management include:

  • Inventory turnover: The number of times inventory is sold and replaced over a specific period.
  • Gross margin returns on investment (GMROI): A profitability metric that measures the return on investment of inventory.
  • Stockout rate: The percentage of orders that cannot be fulfilled due to a lack of inventory.
  • Carrying cost of inventory: The cost of holding inventory, including storage, insurance, and handling costs.
  • Lead time: The time it takes for inventory to be replenished after it has been sold.

By regularly monitoring and analyzing these metrics, businesses can make data-driven decisions about inventory planning and management and identify areas for improvement.

In conclusion, effective inventory planning and management are critical to the success of any business. By implementing strategies such as demand forecasting, safety stock management, and vendor management and regularly tracking key metrics such as inventory turnover and stockout rate, businesses can optimize their inventory planning processes and improve customer satisfaction while reducing costs. With the help of advanced technologies such as inventory management software and tools like Unilog’s Logivice, businesses can achieve greater efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

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Global Inventory Planning and management

Global Inventory Planning and Management – efficient models developed by our business intelligence team can help your organization to optimize your inventory levels and availability globally.

Vendor scheduling and PO matching

Vendor scheduling and PO matching – we provide your organization a complete audit trail, with full visibility of your goods flow from the OEM to your inventory, available for sales order. Matching internal or external purchase orders, allowing you a complete real time overview of your supply , enabling you fact based decision making and control.

Distribution transport management

Distribution transport management – we are interconnected with over 100 different carriers globally, allowing best in class solution in every territory both service and cost wise, ensuring real-time traceability on the final mile delivery

Global trade compliance

Global trade compliance – our in house team of global trade compliance together with a global network of in country customs consultants ensure your activity is compliant throughout your supply chain, we provide global coverage of IOR/EOR services for both sales and RMA needs including licensing where needed, ensuring undisrupted regulatory compliant supply’s flow.

Value added services

Value added services – a one stop shop for your inventory needs, our DC’s provide a verity of value add services saving you time, cost and mileage:

  • inbound QC, power-up/boot-up testing
  • Re-packing, packing, re-labeling, kitting
  • Software update
  • Problem verification testing
  • Tier1 repairs, on-site technicians

VMI – Unilog can help you gain control over your inventory and increase the availability of your own products. Lower cost of capital due to a more efficient inventory management process, Reduce overall complexity and risk in relation to the sourcing and storage process, Lower administration cost by reducing to minimum backorders and returns.

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Control Tower

Our unique state-of-the-art platform provides full transparency in every link of your supply chain, fully adjustable to your organizational needs and culture. We prevent disruption to your supply chain!

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Our team will get to know you and your business needs from the inside out. Our personal approach allows for a smooth flow of communication that ensures rapid execution.

Proactive SLA Monitoring

We monitor every transaction from the perfect pick at the warehouse up to POD. Any challenge in the process is preempted and efficiently resolved by our team. “We deliver your promises” is not only our motto – we live by it.


We are constantly researching and developing, providing our partners with the best-in-class solutions available.

Agile Network

From decision making to the field, we ensure rapid implementation of new locations and solutions from start to finish.

Cost efficiency

Our business intelligence team constantly analyzes and monitors KPIs to identify patterns and derive key insights to the benefit of your businesses budget.

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We design visible, feasible and achievable solutions and manage them for you. Unilog defines the SOW, identifying unique customer needs in the replenishment process. Inbounding 100,000 serials or a testing a server requires a different approach. Dealing with a defective unit inbound or field return is not the same as a PO inbound or a WH transfer inbound. Outbound of a service order is different than an FMCG with expiration date outbound. Shipping & tracking of small parcel or full tracks can lead to different flows and process.

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