What is Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)?

供应商托管库存或VMI是您和供应商之间的合作,您的供应商根据预先安排的库存水平管理库存水平。供应商负责在买方(您的)分销位置维持设定的库存水平。

In the traditional inventory control model, you, as the customer, would determine your necessary inventory levels, frequency of orders and the quantity of each order. Under a VMI model, you share your inventory level data with suppliers, and they agree to hold that amount of inventory at your disposal. (It means the responsibility of inventory control is passed to them.)

This way, the supplier can optimize production volumes and delivery strategies, and the customer needs less working capital and warehousing space. This ultimately aims at reducing costs for all parties.

What are the benefits of VMI?

VMI在适当且计划良好的情况下为供应商和客户提供了许多好处。这是其中的一些关键好处【2021欧洲杯官方合作伙伴】 实践:

More efficient inventory control and raw material handling for the supplier; this allows for reduced costs and the chance for the supplier to adopt a leaner approach to manufacturing.

降低了客户的库存和产品短缺的风险(for example, at the retail level). When products go out of stock, this is a direct loss of potential revenue. VMI provides sales data on seasonal trends, promotional effects, special offers and general day-to-day stock movement which allows the supplier to be in-tune with product demand.

Stronger buyer-supplier relationships may be built, which in turn allows both parties to become stronger and better in the business relationship (better communication, better new product introduction opportunities…).

随着时间的推移改进的流程as the supplier will have input into your inventory management process as well as achieving more efficient ordering and accurate data between all parties.

Who is Vendor Managed Inventory for?

VMI被各种业务使用来自餐馆,小型零售店,大型商店,石油公司和各种规模的在线零售商。沃尔玛(Walmart)从1980年代开始使用VMI,这使他们在对数千个供应商提供的数千个物品的库存控制方面变得更加有效。此后,随着零售商看到的收益增加,VMI的引入变得更加普遍。

如果您正在考虑将VMI实施到您的供应链中,那么在首先跳跃之前需要考虑几件事。

如何实施VMI

In order to make VMI work, the implementation needs to be carefully planned out. Here are some guidelines that will help you implement yours (these are the best practices that we follow when setting up VMI):

1.设定期望

VMI是一项长期策略,在较长时间内获得最佳结果,请确保所有有关方面都完全了解以下内容:

  • What each party can expect from implementing VMI?
  • What timescales will be involved before benefits are likely to be seen?
  • The amount of safety stock the supplier should be holding while the system is being matured?
  • What needs to be done before implementation?

2. Communication

Clear communication is essential throughout the implementation of VMI and beyond. All parties need to communicate on a regular basis, the best way is to have a communication plan where all parties meet at scheduled times:

  • Determine how data is communicated, again this is an essential element of VMI and must be as accurate as possible for VMI to work correctly.
  • 切勿让您的沟通成为失败的催化剂。

3.尽可能集成系统

数据传输是应自动化的系统之一。手动数据更新和电子表格的传输可能会导致错误和昂贵的错误。实施自动化系统会消除大多数错误的机会。

You should also:

  • Improve reliability of forecasting and continuously improve stock management and product delivery.

All these points will help you while planning the implementation of VMI. Remember, this is a long term strategy and不是a quick win play. VMI needs to be implemented carefully. You can assume there will be issues along the way, but this is where clear communication is critical and all parties come to an agreement on moving forward.

Sofe2021欧洲杯足彩ast可以提供VMI吗?

是的, we can set up VMI with your supplier/s as a part of ourValue-Added Procurement Office in Chinasolution if that’s something that your project requires. We will address this on a case-by-case basis.

If you need any help with implementing VMI, reach out to team to discuss in more detail.

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