Inventory Analytics

September 2016

3 Great Lessons from Video on How Amazon Arranges Its Warehouses

3 Great Lessons from Video on How Amazon Arranges Its Warehouses

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
On LinkedIn, I came across this short, one and a half minute, video on how Amazon arranges items in its prime warehouses.  These are the warehouses...
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August 2016

I Used to Dread Monday Mornings as a Planner…

I Used to Dread Monday Mornings as a Planner…

Kristen Daihes Partner
When I was a planner more than 15 years ago for a consumer goods manufacturer, I approached each Monday morning with dread.  Not because I did not ...
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The Newsvendor Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

The Newsvendor Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

Larry Snyder, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
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May 2016

You Can Set Inventory Levels and Other Such Myths

You Can Set Inventory Levels and Other Such Myths

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(This article first appeared in SupplyChainDigest.) If you are like me, when you first got into the inventory field it was hard to figure out what ...
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March 2016

6 Organizational Issues in Tactical Inventory Planning

6 Organizational Issues in Tactical Inventory Planning

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(This article first appeared at Supply Chain Digest and was co-written with Paul Brown.) When rolling out a tactical inventory planning system, the...
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February 2016

4 Things Nick Saban Can Teach us About Inventory Planning

4 Things Nick Saban Can Teach us About Inventory Planning

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I heard a great story on how Nick Saban’s Alabama football team wins so many games. The story goes like this:  They never focused on the outcome of...
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January 2016

Bringing Analytics to the CFO

Bringing Analytics to the CFO

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the rising need for analytics on the CFO’s team. The article highlighted how CFO crea...
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May 2015

Ford’s $100M Inventory Solution

Ford’s $100M Inventory Solution

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Several years ago, I worked on a technical inventory optimization project for a $1.5B consumer products company.  The CEO of this firm attended a f...
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August 2013

Using Safety Stock to Buffer Against Variability

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Dealing with variability is part of creating a lean supply chain (or lean enterprise).  Ideally, you would like to eliminate the variability.  Howe...
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