Vendor Managed Inventory

The Risk

Increasingly, supply chains are dependent on close collaboration between manufacturers and customers. Traditionally, it has been the responsibility of the customer to manage its own inventory.

Our Solution

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) reverses this process where it is the supplier who makes planning and distribution decisions on behalf of the customer.  

I-Plan enables effective VMI by providing you with key customer data such as point of sale information and daily stock levels. This allows you to manage your customer’s inventory and deliver exceptional customer service.

In practice this means you can place orders on your customer’s behalf and ensure your customer’s inventory is replenished at the right time to the appropriate levels.

This role reversal has three primary benefits:

1. Having visibility of your customer’s inventory enables you to maintain supply without any disruption of your customer’s operation

2. This continuity of supply can be guaranteed even when you are faced with unexpected fluctuations in demand

3. It creates a strong bond of trust, based on operational efficiency, between you and your customer, which is more likely to result in lasting commercial relationships

Above all, it is a collaborative relationship between supplier and customer and I-Plan is the perfect platform to make this relationship a success.

Test I-Plan with I-Plan Discovery

“There is a belief…that the supply chain planning solutions from ERP providers are adequate. For most they are not (and) the answer lies in testing”.

(Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and former Gartner Analyst)

I-Plan Discovery allows you to test I-Plan before you buy. Please fill in the form below and we’ll demonstrate how I-Plan solves all the critical supply chain problems, simply and effectively.

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