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CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma. 3.INVENTORY AND WAREHOUSE ISSUES Learning Outcomes After studying this module you will be able to:- Apply appropriate techniques to organise and manage the inventory of a retail operation - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma 3.INVENTORY AND WAREHOUSE ISSUES Learning Outcomes

After studying this module you will be able to:-

Apply appropriate techniques to organise and manage the inventory of a retail operation

Assess different warehousing systems and their support requirements

Understand the importance of the warehouse in support wider retailing objectives


CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma For the retail inventory manager, the key elements of the role include:-

Managing the internal relationships with trading, buying and finance colleagues.

Managing the external relationships with suppliers, and determining whether to employ Vendor Managed Inventory with some or any of these.

Applying the appropriate inventory techniques, such as allocation

Taking responsibility for planning managing the inventory levels and availability to the appropriate targets agreed within the business


CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma 3.1 BASIC PRINCIPLES UNDERPINNING INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS In the earlier sections , we explained that the retail sector has become more competitive and there are a number of general challenges for retailers to deal with in their supply chains, these include:-Managing increasing volumes- from distant suppliers due to Global sourcing.Broadening product ranges including holding a more diverse product rangeIntense competition Especially from Internet based competitors with minimal overheads.Requirements for faster And smaller but more frequent deliveries Continued pressure On keeping down costs and continually reviewing efficiency improvements.


CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Inventory management systems need to be able to cope with a variety of other challenges, these will obviously vary considerably between retrial sectors but the main areas include:Product Shelf-lives - especially high value technological influenced product

Store variations Keeping relevant stock to suit geographical market and demand.

Product seasonality Volatility in markets needs to be Agile supply chain management.

Product families - Need to hold variety to give customer choice4

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Multiple purchases - some products are often purchased in multiples such as (DIY) Wallpaper floor tiles etc Sku need to reflect multi pack buy.

Dependent demand - Some product purchaser are closely linked with other product lines such as paint = paint brush etc

Supplier capabilities - Supply and demand must always be met good partnerships will reduce the risk of not meeting your customer service agreement.

Promotional activity - These activities need to be well researched and balanced as a lack of product to meet promotional demand could push potential customers to the competition.5

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Fortunately inventory management systems have been transformed since the 1980s. Integration of data with other parts of the organisation, through an ERP package or just a properly integrated set of systems, more powerful computing and helpful what if tools, provide the professional inventory manager with the opportunity to achieve improved availability and lower waste and mark downs. The basic principles can be summarised:-

Avoid averages - Try not to stock using the average store sale

Avoid general broad-brush - look at each store individually key areas may be display space

Check the relationship between the pack size- rate of sale and maximum shelf space allocated.

Review any minimum order values or quantities Create a realistic and economic order for suppliers (JIT)

Work closely with the most important suppliers Discuss requirements and future plans6

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Integrated management of the range supply chain and overall management systems should be integrated and complimentary to each other.

Proper range change and promotional planning These activities need to be carried out as stand alone projects with attention to detail including sales forecasts and tracking of actual performance. (Included within the plan should be a Exit strategy)

Supplier performance management KPI indicators should be used to monitor and communicate both internally and externally performance.

Timely and accurate data capture and transfer Point of sale and loyalty cards etc 7

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma The inventory specialist clearly has a number of challenges, some of these are about managing a portfolio of hundreds or thousands of skus from a variety of suppliers, but it is not supply about data analysis and interpretation. Equally as important are the people-related skills to work with colleagues and external suppliers to delivery improved service, which should relates to sales, with lower levels of inventory and obsolescence or mark-down

Modern inventory systems can enable far better management of retail inventories, but there are three potential and related problems:-Many of these systems are very complex :

Retailers need to invest - Heavily on staff induction and training this will ensure their expensive systems are utilised to their full potential. If system are not understood they effectively become a black box8

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Task 7You have been asked by a retailer to plan and manage the inventory management system. Apply the appropriate techniques to organise and manage the inventory of your chosen retail organisation. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of modern systems such as EPOS, EDI and Automatic Identification and Data Capture. (3.1.1)9

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma 3.1.1 INFORMATION AND DATAModern systems are used extensively in retail businesses to manage, control and provide management information to facilitate decision-making. The quality and accuracy of the information within the systems is dependent upon the quality of the data used, the sources and the ability of the organisation to maintain it.

There are a number of important elements within the Data Systems area, which need to be present and working, to provide very efficient and effective Retail Logistics operations:

EPOS - Electronic Point Of Sale

Automatic Identification and Data Capture -Bar coding allows a company to monitor a product lines logistic movements and sales activity

Local Area Networks - Such as Argos kiosk transaction counters or stock management scanning devices used for operating a warehouse.

Enterprise Resource Planning Systems These systems are fully integrated with POS.


CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma 3.1.1 INFORMATION AND DATA

EDI The transfer of information both upstream and downstream is important if the supply chain is to meet the demands of the retail market. The EDI System does this transfers information electronically between systems and confirms when information has been delivered.

Information Flows - Connecting the technology enables accurate data to be passed between partners within the supply chain. This will allow information to flow much faster and effectively.11

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma 3.2.1 WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

We noted earlier that modern warehousing systems have enabled organisations to operate larger and more complex warehouses efficiently, in a way and on a scale that would have been either impossible or too costly without them. This does not mean that all warehouses must have a full-scale WMS, it is perfectly possible to control smaller and simpler operations without them. The evolution of the WMS has been a significant reduction in the use of paper within the warehouse and improvements in the ability to mange, track and report on activities and the performance of people and resources.

Whilst automated warehouse operations will have their own bespoke control systems and organisations will have their own broader systems, this sections focuses upon the role and evolution of the WMS.


CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma The WMS is the computer control for the management of the product and materials handling equipment in a distribution centre(s) it facilitates the efficient management of the flow of products from receipt and storage through picking despatch. The four main functions of a traditional WMS are:- Stock Receipt Receipt and release of stock on to system

Stock location and control - Binning location

Order processing Priority and allocation of work.

Routing and planning of picking activities Monitors pick rates and accuracy 13

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma To manage these functions in an efficient manner the WMS requires the provisions of a variety of different pieces of information to manage the operations:-

Product Data - Weight Size Hazards'Supplier data information as to what supplier will be delivering to the DCLocation data Information on the various storage locationStores data Information contained about each store which is to be delivered toResource Data Information available on both people and equipment availabilityActivity Data Information about various activities involved in carrying out different types of work 14

CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma Typical benefits from implementing a WMS are:-

Data integrity improvements Allow faster and more accurate activities to take place, also improved stock accuracy Productivity enables to monitor operators in pick rates and replenishment tasks. Also identifies key areas where more efficient use of equipment can be utilised.Time compression Speeds up activities and reduces bottlenecks allowing faster put away picking and disp


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