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Vendor Managed Inventory: Five Things to Consider

Posted February 11, 2018 12:00 AM by ahorner_22
Pathfinder Tags: radwell VMI

After research, you’ve decided that vendor managed inventory might be the right solution for your operation. If you’re unsure what your next steps are to finalize a VMI vendor relationship, here are five things to consider before making your final decision on a vendor:

1- Senior Management Buy-in: For both the vendor and buyer, senior management acceptance and support of the program is the first step in a successful and working vendor managed inventory system. Without the support of senior management it will be very difficult for the VMI system to translate through the rest of the organization as a recognized and working program.

2- Experience: The vendor should be experienced in how to efficiently manage customer inventory to maximize potential efficiency and cost savings. Vendors that provide VMI should have systems in place to provide efficient VMI services. Vendors should also have advanced capabilities and tested systems in place to provide the proper level of client service. An automated materials handling system may provide the next level of VMI efficiency as well.

3- Training and Employee Knowledge and Acceptance: Employees must be on board for a VMI system to work. Be sure that systems are in place to provide training that works for your business operations. With proper training your employees will be fully engaged in making a VMI system successful and effective.

4- Partnership: A strong partnership between the vendor and the buyer is a key component to success with vendor managed inventory programs. In seeking a VMI system, focusing on providers that work as partners will produce the most effective results.

5- Follow Up: VMI providers should be able to provide follow up on a regular basis. A VMI vendor contact should work with their customers regularly and consultatively to continue to monitor and improve inventory operations.


Editor's note: This is a sponsored blog post from Radwell International.

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02/12/2018 9:12 AM

We've done this through Fastenal, you have to watch these vendors because they'll leave things that you don't need and charge you for them. We've encountered this problem with Fastenal. We don't inventory screw, we count screws as bin stock and fastenal would leave us bags of screws that we don't need or ever use and charge us for those too. They always come in and go through our supplies, they are good about that but you have to watch them and pay attention to the invoices and don't let people talk to them asking for things because Fastenal will be happy to provide it and charge the company for it because that employee is recognized as an agent for the company.

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