Thursday, July 24, 2008

Inventory management

Inventory Management involves the control of assets being produced for the purposes of sale in the normal course of the company's operations. The goal of effective inventory management is to minimize the total costs - direct and indirect - that are associated with holding inventories. However, the importance of inventory management to the company depends upon the extent of investment in inventory.

The task of inventory planning can be highly complex in manufacturing environments. At the same time, it rests on fundamental principles. The system used for inventory must tie into the operations of the firm. Inventory planning and management must be responsive to the needs of the firm. The firm should design systems, including reports that allow it to make proper business decisions

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