Inventory management is primarily about specifying the size and placement of stocked goods. Inventory management is required at different locations within a facility or within multiple locations of a supply network to protect the regular and planned course of production against the random disturbance of running out of materials or goods. The scope of inventory management also concerns the fine lines between replenishment lead time, carrying costs of inventory, asset management, inventory forecasting, inventory valuation, inventory visibility, future inventory price forecasting, physical inventory, available physical space for inventory, quality management, replenishment, returns and defective goods and demand forecasting. Balancing these competing requirements leads to optimal inventory levels, which is an on-going process as the business needs shift and react to the wider environment. Inventory management involves a retailer seeking to acquire and maintain a proper merchandise assortment while ordering, shipping, handling, and related costs are kept in check. Systems and processes that identify inventory requirements, set targets, provide replenishment techniques and report actual and projected inventory status. Handles all functions related to the tracking and management of material. This would include the monitoring of material moved into and out of stockroom locations and the reconciling of the inventory balances. Also may include ABC analysis, lot tracking, cycle counting support etc. Management of the inventories, with the primary objective of determining/controlling stock levels within the physical distribution function to balance the need for product availability against the need for minimizing stock holding and handling costs.


MRP - Material Requirement Planning can be applied even by very small manufacturing companies to assure a smooth flow of product. The primary control focus of an MRP system is Order Entry. Once an order is entered, all the manufacturing functions are put into motion. These include:

4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmCost Estimates - a function of Order Entry. Cost builds can be ordered from information in the other modules.
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmOrder Entry - where the demand originates. Orders may be scheduled for periodic builds.
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmInventory Control - do we have any of this stuff already built? How much?
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmBill of Materials - what parts are needed to produce the product. BOM provides a complete multi-level build "blow down".
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmPurchasing - what parts called for by the BOM are in stock and which ones do we have to buy, and when do they have to be here.
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmManufacturing Floor Control and Scheduling. Controlling allocation of personnel and resources.
4BS-Solutions - Global IT Consulting & Software Services FirmInvoicing - where an order is transformed into an Invoice and shipping documents. Partial shipments and periodic shipments are allowed for, and will draw down the order quantity.

4BS developed the Inventory Warehouse & Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system which contains a work order system that will direct the use of bill of materials system to build inventory and add it to the system. The system contains all of the fields and tables necessary to build a complete MRP System of our own, including Purchase Contract Tables and the ability to easily add on a production planning system. The MRP system process starts with the work order system where we can enter work orders into the system for the bill of materials, schedule their production, and track their status and other important statistics for each work order. We can enter a single work order for any number of bills of materials. Each Bill of Materials can be associated with an instruction sheet in the system with an overview of the build process, and allows for hyperlinks to diagrams and other HTML documentation. Creating the assembly and adjusting the inventory is a simple matter of selecting the item assembly and entering the number of items to build. The system builds the inventory, adjusts the costs and adjusts the inventory automatically.

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