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Rebecca Robichaud posted Apr 3, 2019 4:16 PM

Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become more and more popular as a process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between suppliers and customers. By doing so it helps lower stock outs and costs along with uncertainty with inventory of products (Philip, 2018). The benefits of VMI includes enhanced visibility for the supplier, lower order instability, higher customer satisfaction, reduced lead times on orders and better planning with transportation.

Walmart has recognized the amount of time and money it was taking to manage inventory so they worked directly with the manufacturers like Procter and Gamble to manage the inventory at their distribution centers. Walmart would relay the information of how much stock was going out to the floor and P&G would identify how much to replenish and when. This is where we can see VMI benefitting both companies instead of just one. Before doing a little research I figured that this could only benefit the retailer like Walmart until I read more about it. While Walmart’s work was offloaded, it made P&G more visible for customer demand showing that VMI is beneficial for both the customer and vendor.

In any case with VMI, collaboration is key. The first variable companies should consider before launching a new VMI effort is the partnership with the vendor to make sure they are compatible. This relationship is strictly business and one can’t do well without the other. Each party needs to supply reliable data in order for the system to run smoothly (Gresham, 2018). With the proper data aligned it will be easier for the VMI program to run meaning it will give off better outputs for the businesses.


Gresham, T. (2018, January 31). VMI Strategies: A Matter of Trust. Retrieved from https://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/vmi-strategies-a-matter-of-trust/

Philip, J. (2018, February 21). A Step in the Right Direction: Vendor-Managed Inventory - Kinaxis. Retrieved from https://blog.kinaxis.com/2018/02/vendor-managed-inventory-distribution-planning-food-beverage-industry-heres-something-chew/

Chris Nielsen posted Apr 2, 2019 8:22 PM

Good Evening, 

Walmart profits by VMI due to being able to convey most effective greatest inventory due to P&G having the capacity to stay aware of inventory alongside determining the necessities later on. From this Walmart does not need to stress over ensuring the warehouses are supplied with the best possible dimensions of goods, yet can concentrate on new items to carry into the market alongside the appropriation of the items. A VMI enables access to inventory levels alongside SKU and level of items in each distribution center (Simchi-Levi, Kaminsky, and Simchi-Levi, 2008). Walmart likewise can realize precisely what number of items are being circulated to where inside the store network and they don't need to stress over running low on any items because of the VMI ensuring they never do. The VMI costs the organization cash yet on the off chance that you believe that the inventory decrease costs could pay for this over the long haul. The segments exhibit that by executing a relegation program, Organization B can lessen its yearly inventory conveying costs from 36 percent to 18 percent ("Merchant Oversaw Inventory," 2014) Walmart can settle on better choices alongside diminishing a portion of their costs by actualizing this arrangement and enabling another organization to do this. One could see this as leasing your items for an organization to utilize and prepare their kin on, however it is helping your organization and you are setting aside some cash.

Walmart's supply chain development started in the 1980's the point at which they evacuated a couple of the chain's connections and started working straightforwardly with makers. This move prompted a decrease in expense and an all the more effectively managed supply chain. Under VMI, the makers that Walmart utilizes assumed liability for dealing with their items in Walmart's warehouses. The consequences of this move in duty has permitted Walmart to encounter near 100% request fulfillment on stock with distribution costs assessed at 1.7% of its expense of offers. The organization's supply chain has kept on refining and develop from that point forward making it significantly progressively successful. Walmart's rivals, for example, Kmart and Burns are a long ways behind with respect to cost of distribution giving Walmart an aggressive edge. (Lu Clara, 2014).


Lu Clara (2014).Walmart's successful supply chain management.Retrieved from https://www.tradegecko.com/blog/incredibly-successful-supply-chain-management-walmart

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P., & Simchi-Levi, E.   (2008). Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. New York: McGraw-   Hill.




Chris Nielsen posted Apr 2, 2019 8:41 PM

Good Evening, 

Obviously neither the manufacturer nor the distribution system have any thought of precisely how much item to buy. They need an arrangement that works for both and which will require better communication. Some portion of the arrangement needs to incorporate group association from the two gatherings. In the event that the two sides neglect to collaborate, at that point the organization won't succeed or thrive in the long haul.


I think forecasting is a key factor that will benefit the two sides. Forecast are not 100% accurate, so shockingly it is difficult to reliably anticipate the definite measure of inventory expected to satisfy each request without cutting or having inventory remaining. Be that as it may, there are apparatuses and ways where you can proactively diminish cuts, squanders, and enhance the general procedure. Forecasting will give a clearer picture of month to month needs dependent on information recovered and investigated from earlier months and years. Forecasting asset utilization will offer directors the chance to more readily get, control and boost the general stream over the distribution focus and maker. This will enable them to deal with their capacity all the more viably which will prompt a decrease all together process duration which will likewise result in a decrease of costs. (Singh N. and Lowe J., 2013).

Utilizing a Vendor management system can help improve the procedure. In a vendor managed inventory system, it is critical to record purpose of-offer data, particularly if these information are open by the supplier. This information would then be able to be used to figure out which items are being sold, or if the buyer has an inclination and can cut costs by delivering the required measure of item dependent on that season's interest. An extraordinary answer for anticipate cuts or waste would be for the producer or the distribution focus to have Buyback contacts. These agreements enable the retailer to return unsold inventory up to a predefined sum at a settled upon cost. It builds the ideal request amount for the retailer, bringing about higher item accessibility and higher benefits for both the retailer and supplier. (Sourcing, n.d)

Sourcing and contracts. (n.d) Retrieved from https://www.utdallas.edu/~metin/FuJen/Folios/sccontract_s.pdf

Singh N. & Lowe J. (2013). Adapting Manufacturing Strategies for Distribution Center Management. Retrieved from http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/industry-verticals/retail/single-article-page/article/adapting-manufacturing-strategies-for-distribution-center-management/



Michael Pray posted Apr 2, 2019 5:00 PM

To best meet each other’s needs, distributors and manufacturers need to focus on communication and forecasting.  One possible method to decrease risk is by demand forecasting.  By using proper historical data like: number of years to be analyzed, amount of inventory left at end of season, present economic state, and number of competitors with similar product.  Forecasting can be utilized as a way to manage inventory levels.  It can also expand production to meet desired levels of product in order to meet the demand and maximize profit (Levi, Kaminsky, Levi, 2008).


The implementation of the Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) concept will also enable manufacturer and distributors to keep stable levels of inventory.  The supplier can manage the levels in the distribution center and the manufacturers is able to maintain agreed upon stock levels, never being a victim of too much or too little (Simplify Supply Chain Forecasting, 2018). 


Improving forecast accuracy by reducing inventory buffers, obsolete products, expedited shipments and other non-value added work can greatly impact the bottom line (Simplify Supply Chain Forecasting, 2018).  This also can lead to higher levels of customer satisfaction and increased revenues and margins all around.  Accurate forecasting is something that both all manufacturers and distributors should be striving for. 



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