Inventory, Zero

Maintaining a minimum level of inventory. While reaching a zero inventory level is improbable, reducing inventory to a minimum should result in lower costs (for example, of warehousing and spoilage) and therefore increased profitability. Contemporary concepts such as lean supply regard inventory as a non-value adding activity, or waste. Supply processes are designed to synchronise supply with the need, so that the need for inventory is minimised. Approaches like ‘just in time’ [JIT] work well when demand is predictable and driven by a master forecast. See also Just in Time.

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