Effective Inventory Management Techniques

Start Date: 16 Jan 2022
End Date: 20 Jan 2022
Duration: 5
Country: Frankfurt / Germany
Category: Purchases and Store Programs

Course Description

Inventory Management Techniques an intensive course for those who want to understand and implement the essential tools for managing inventory in the supply chain.

Participants are shown how to evaluate procedures and make needed changes to methods to improve customer service whilst achieving reductions in inventory; eliminate wasteful costs; avoid internal problems that limit performance; obtain added value for money


Course Objective


·        To give knowledge of effective inventory operations in the supply chain

·        To enable analysis & examination of current operations

·        To make organizational improvement


Who Should attend?


·        Those new to managing inventory

·        Those non inventory people who need to gain an awareness of the issues and key

·        Drivers of stock control operations

·        Inventory, Stock, Supply Chain, Logistics, Warehouse and Distribution

·        Supervisors/Managers

·        Owners, operators and Directors of companies who hold sock and inventory

Course Outline



Day 1 - The Supply Chain


The Supply chain definitions, history and key aspects

• Definitions

• History and development

• Key aspects

• Befits of supply chain approach


Relationships and material flows in the chain


• Integrating the supply chain

• Lead-times

• Customer service

• Adding value

• Tradeoffs

• Power of information

• Sharing and collaboration in the supply chain


Day 2 - Products & Stock


Product Classification


• Supply /demand variables

• Dependant and independent demand

• Patterns of demand

• ABC Analysis or the 80/20 rule

• Product coding


Inventory costs and service


• Why hold stock?

• Inventory costs

• Service levels from inventory

• Cost/service trade offs

• Understanding Lead time

• Lead time variability and uncertainty

• Inventory and statistics 


Day 3 - Replenishment Methods


How much stock should be held?


• Stock time curve

• Determining the Reorder level

• Determining the Reorder point

• Carrying safety stock

• Fixed and variable time periods

• Fixed and variable order quantities


Replenishment methods for independent demand


• When to order

• How much to order

• Economic order quantities

• Two bin methods

• Minimum - maximum methods

• Comparing continuous review and periodic review methods


Other Replenishment methods


• When to order for dependant demand

• How much to order for dependant demand

• Materials planning (MRP and MRPII)

• For spare parts


Day 4 - Forecasting & Stock Control


Demand Forecasting


• Sales forecasts

• Statistical forecasts

• When forecasting is easier

• When forecasting is harder


Stock Coding


The method by which stock is coded is important in the overall management process, this

session will examine:


• Different methods

• Understanding of all involved

• Checklists to help on deciding the best option


Stock Recording


This session looks at stock recording, a critical aspect of stock control and if done

incorrectly is the source of many subsequent errors

• Separation of powers

• Legal issues

• How do we get inaccuracies?


Stock Checking


Much time can be spent on this activity, but there are methods to both minimize the time and at the same time increase checking accuracy. This session examines such aspects


• Roles and Responsibility

• Requirements

• Job Descriptions

• Authority levels

• Tolerances and approvals

• The programme

• Options

• Reconciliation’s / discrepancies


Day 5 - Improvements

 Model for planning inventory

 • Managing inventory by value and by volume

• Questions to ask about inventory

• Model for inventory planning

• What To Implement Now

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