Why pick arbitrary Service Level Targets?

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Why pick arbitrary Service Level Targets? Learn how to select automatically the optimal Targets @scale minimizing total costs for your business.

There are unavoidable tradeoffs between inventory cost and item availability. The Smart Inventory Optimization (SIO) app calculates all the key metrics to expose those tradeoffs. You can try “what-if” experiments such as “What happens to shortage cost if we raise the reorder point from 5 to 10?”. Better yet, you can let SIO find the optimal operating policy, e.g., the lowest cost combination of reorder point and order quantity that guarantees a 95% service level.

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    What is the difference between Demand planning and Inventory optimization ?

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    What is the difference between Demand planning and Inventory optimization ? 

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      Share, develop, and manage consensus demand plans

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      Share, develop, and manage consensus demand plans to ensure inventory policy matches business strategy.

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        Improve Forecast Accuracy, Eliminate Excess Inventory, & Maximize Service Levels

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