Inventory Management Blog

Published in Blog - 13 December 2020


Many supply chain experts stress that we will be facing a large bullwhip effect as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. For non-supply chain people: the bullwhip effect is a phenomenon where small changes in demand at the end-consumer level lead to (unreasonably) large orders and inventory levels at the manufacturer. There are a few
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Published in Blog - 13 December 2020


2020 has been a tough year for many of us. Supply Chain specialists are still struggling to cope up with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them try to keep up with global response measures and work diligently to secure raw materials, components and deliver to customers demand. With the Holiday season coming up, things will
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Published in Blog - 13 December 2020


If you find yourself having to throw food items every few weeks from your refrigerator, imagine what goes on at a grocery store. Given the size of the industry, reducing retail food losses can mean significant savings for companies. Retail is one of the most dynamic sectors in the Canadian market due to the significant
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Published in Blog - 13 December 2020


Nail down your assortment strategy! When it comes to building products, customers expect suppliers to be able to provide anything and everything at a moment’s notice. In response to this demand, many businesses in the building industry have responded by expanding huge assortments encompassing many thousands of different SKUs. The problem is, however, how much
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Published in Blog - 13 December 2020


The ultimate goal of every company is to generate profits by selling products at the best possible margin. For most businesses, this means selling the largest volumes, at the right price, through the appropriate channels. However, as competition increases and external factors like trade wars and pandemics start playing a role in the economy, it
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Published in Blog - 08 December 2020


Stock replenishment - While there is little anyone can do about the weather, what can you do to mitigate the impact of this supply chain disruption? Stock-outs remain a constant battle and failure to manage supply issues effectively can have a significant impact on both margin and customer satisfaction. RESPONDING TO STOCKOUTS In the face
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Stock Balancing Act - Excess Stock Published in Blog - 17 November 2020


Managing empty shelves and excess inventory as locations reopen Many businesses are faced with the unique problem of empty shelves AND excess stock. In areas that are open for business, Slimstock customers have told us they’re back at regular demand or higher, and some have had their busiest months ever as customers stock up on items that were previously unavailable. Conversely, the
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Published in Blog - 15 November 2020


Slimstock was founded back in 1993, and ever since then the evolution of Slim4 – our proven inventory optimization software - has been at our core. As a company that prides itself on customer retention, we listen to our customers’ feedback on how to improve our product. What they’ve told us is that in today’s
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Published in Blog - 05 November 2020

Maximising Operational Efficiency for Food and Retail Clients with our Slim4 Solution

In line with changes to our global socio-economic climate, real household spending in the UAE is anticipated to contract by 3.3% in 2020, with consumer trends expected to shift focus towards essential commodities and FMCG. While this may provide some peace of mind for supermarkets and grocery retailers, understanding and adapting inventory, based on demand
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Maximising your Operational Efficiency with our Slim4 Solution Published in Blog - 13 July 2020

A Guide to Digitally Abled and Digital Transformation

To overcome inefficiencies, the landscape of businesses in the region is headed towards disruption and change, witnessing a period of a significant digital transformation in the era of COVID. Typically, businesses execute digital transformation to enable change. Many businesses are under the illusion that making a firm digitally enabled is digital transformation. However, this couldn’t
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Published in Blog - 16 June 2020

Supply Chain Planning: Before, During and After COVID-19

The last few months have been a big challenge for supply chain professionals across the globe. COVID19 has heavily impacted demand, while also constraining supply.  Companies worldwide had to make new plans of action for their demand and supply planning throughout three distinct phases:   Pre-Covid 19 During Covid19 Post-Covid19 In this piece, we’ll outline the different steps that companies have taken to balance supply and demand during this global disruption, and
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Published in Blog - 16 June 2020


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that warming of the earth is creating a serious threat to the planet we live on. The most likely cause of the problem: carbon emissions. In order to reduce carbon emissions, the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and many individual countries have introduced or are currently
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Published in Blog - 14 May 2019

5 Smart KPIs for Optimal Inventory Management

Dr. Can Eksoz - Consultant at Slimstock Middle East & Africa Inventory management can be perceived as a big part of logistics operations for distributors. Decisions made in terms of stock levels, storage area, and order quantity have a significant impact not only on inventory costs and risk of being out of stock (OOS), but
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Published in Blog - 27 March 2019

Machine Learning in Stock Optimisation

We cannot ignore it. The complexity of supply chains has increased exponentially in recent years. Whereas once upon a time, a good business strategy alone would be enough to compete, overcoming complexity is now what ultimately sets a business apart from its competitors; a trend which will only become more prevalent in the coming years.
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Published in Blog - 17 February 2019

How can you achieve your supply chain goals through better ABC inventory analysis?

5 top tips to maximise the value of ABC inventory analysis Over the years, we have encountered many businesses that hold thousands upon thousands of SKUs. But has this helped them to become more profitable? In reality, holding so many items can have the opposite effect. So how can more insightful ABC inventory analysis help
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Published in Blog - 29 January 2019

Data driven inventory management in 2019

What are we going to overcome? declining working capital performance. How are we going to overcome it? by implementing data driven Inventory Management in the Middle East. Supply chain blogger, Wesley van Kemenade, analyses the past year in the region and discusses the importance of data technology implementation to help businesses to adapt to the
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Published in Blog - 09 January 2019

Top 3 supply chain projects to kick off 2019

As mid-January approaches, many of the New Year’s resolutions we made ourselves are no doubt already forgotten.  However, if you want to take your business forward, you simply cannot afford to ignore your supply chain goals! To help you get on right track to achieve your business objectives in 2019, we have heightened 3 top
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fashion demand planning guide Published in Blog, Retail - 23 January 2018

Fashion demand planning: How can retailers unzip growth in 2018?

In the cut-throat retail industry, fashion demand planning is essential in order to achieve growth. However, when you consider that one major retailer is reportedly already considering store closures and many others are still recovering from the challenges presented by the last 12 months, talking about 2018 as “the year for growth”, probably seems like an
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Published in Blog - 09 November 2017

Tour de Supply Chain: Wholesale & Distribution

Inspired by team GB’s triumph in the last few years, more and more of us are getting back on the saddle. In fact, according to British Cycling, we are now one of the most successful cycling nations in the world. However, as Brexit jitters grip the cycling industry and the value of the pound continues
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FlowTechnology - Warehouse Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Flowtechnology: A more fluid operation with Slimstock

To keep up with continuous growth and spiraling complexity, the UK’s largest distributor of fluid power products, Flowtechnology, has taken an important step towards simplifying their supply chain processes. Already impressed by the results delivered by Slimstock’s inventory management solution, Slim4, the business has now taken the decision to upgrade the bolt-on solution to also enhance
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Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Vegware caters for global growth with Slimstock partnership

After extensive research into the market, Vegware, the award-winning manufacturer of eco-friendly catering disposables, has this month joined forces with Slimstock to help improve their already impressive availability levels. Following several years of rapid growth, the Edinburgh-based business will take advantage of the inventory management specialists’ solution, Slim4, to help keep up with the demand
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Published in Blog, Manufacturing - 20 October 2017

Tour de Supply Chain: Manufacturers

Bicycle production in the UK has undergone a resurgence in recent years. Since 2007, output has more than doubled and in the last year alone, exports have increased by an impressive 13%. However, UK-based manufacturers have a lot of work to do before they can compete with the Far Eastern powerhouses that dominate the industry.
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PMTT-E-de-Witte-Slimstock Published in Blog - 13 October 2017

Slimstock’s Erik de Witte joined Charity Ride 2017

This year, Slimstock took part in the Pimp My Tuk-Tuk (PMTT) Charity ride to raise money for the Foundation of Goodness (FOG). 54 drivers participated in the 8-day drive through Sri Lanka in Tuk-Tuks. Slimstock Operations Director South East Asia, Erik de Witte, shares his experience with us. Trip of my life Before starting the
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What's the function of stock Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

What is the function of stock?

Different times call for different inventory strategies. However, when the function of stock is not clear, changing the inventory approach can often prove problematic. Many retailers lack synergy between the inventory strategy and the overall strategy of the business. As a consequence, many retailers struggle to align the inventory strategy with the strategic focuses of
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Slimstock hot news Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

Customer satisfaction takes a dip

From a major supermarket shortage to why it pays to invest time in your new products introductions, supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, explore the hottest topics from the last 7 days. Customer satisfaction takes a dip amid houmous crisis As the latest food crisis hit British retailers this week, frustrated shoppers took
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Slimstock robust supply chain Published in Blog - 29 September 2017

Behind every experience is a robust supply chain

As events go, things don’t get much bigger than the infamous Glastonbury Festival. Given that over 200,000 people attended this year alone, Glastonbury is a real success story. However, the popularity of Worthy Farm and lucky artists that get to play there is no happy accident: this event takes years of diligent planning! From the
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Published in Blog - 21 May 2017

An assortment of success & setbacks

With a whole museum dedicated to product failures and businesses faced with disruption, Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper digest the hottest topics from the last 7 days. New product introductions: an assortment of success & setbacks Encompassing everything from Bic’s range of “for her” biro pens to Nokia’s N-gage, a dismal attempt
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Published in Blog - 20 May 2017

Are retailers ready for tomorrow’s savvy shoppers?

Through utilising a combination of if-this-then-that logic as well as the Internet of Things (IOT) and voice technology, Tesco has brought the shop floor closer to the end customer than ever before. While this major development marks a quantum leap towards “frictionless” shopping, such advances in technology will no doubt change the way we as consumers think
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Published in Blog - 16 May 2017

Beep beep, Brexit’s coming through!

Despite the initial nervousness around the UK’s divorce from the European Union (Brexit), according to the society of Motor Manufacturers and traders (SMMT) British manufacturers achieved their highest output in 17 years last month. However, while automotive manufacturers seem to be thriving, businesses operating in the aftermarket could be faced with hefty cost increases. But what can
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Published in Blog - 10 May 2017

Are the days of the diesel engine numbered?

As calls for diesel engines to be scrapped intensify, how can the automotive industry prepare for the speed bumps that lie ahead? Could your investment in diesel components go up in smoke? With increasing evidence that diesel engines have a devastating impact on the environment, there have even been renewed calls to introduce a special scrappage
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Published in Blog - 09 May 2017

Tour de Supply Chain: Retailers & E-tailers

It seems that the British public are getting back on their bikes in startling numbers. Last year alone, we cycled an impressive 3.5 billion miles; 6.3% more than in 2015. However, as the UK Government forges ahead with a £1.2 billion project set to double the uptake of cycling by 2025, it seems that further
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Published in Blog - 27 April 2017

Back in our good books

Whether it’s because physical books have become a thing of beauty in their own right or simply because you can’t fold down the corner in your E-reader, after years of decline, it seems the humble book is making a resurgence. Given that we now live in a world of smartphones and tablets, this emerging trend seems
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Published in Blog - 25 April 2017

“Since working with Slim4, my work has become much easier!”

During this interview, we ask Piotr Adamczak, purchasing coordinator and user of Slim4 at Sanpol, five questions: What is his role? What does he do on a normal day and what impact has Slim4 had on the business? What's his biggest challenge at the moment? And what are his ambitions for the future? What are
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Published in Blog - 13 April 2017

Spring into the new season

With Brexit now officially triggered, the first quarter of 2017 was plagued by uncertainty. Trade deals are now in limbo which has left many businesses considering how leaving Europe might impact their operations. However, at this point, it is difficult to make strategic plans as we simply don’t know how things will pan out. Given
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Published in Blog - 07 April 2017

What digital challenges lie ahead? | Food for thought

After news that online sales are set to double and food prices could surge as a result of Brexit, is been a busy week in the press. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper digest the hottest topics from the last 7 days. Drones to delivery bikes: are businesses really ready for the digital
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Published in Blog - 31 March 2017

Supply chain flexibility & replenishment challenges

This week we have focused on the hottest news to hit the high street. With reports that major fashion retailers are now struggling to compete in key market and reports of a sudden surge in footfall for Mother’s day, this week has given supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps & Jessie Cooper, plenty to think about!
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Published in Blog - 17 March 2017

Brexit plans, forecasting infringements, footfall shortfall

As Brexit talks advance, the food industry came under fire and retail footfall slumps, it’s been a busy week for the newspapers. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, investigate the hottest topics in the press and assess their impact on the supply chain. Brexit: What’s the plan? Given that the Queen gave the go
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Published in Blog - 14 March 2017

Death of the big shop

With news of a major development in consumer behaviour, the opening of an exciting new facility dedicated to the production of electric vehicles and a report detailing the impacts of robots on our future careers, this week has given us plenty to think about. Supply chain blogger, Sam Phipps, investigates the hottest topics in the
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Published in Blog - 10 March 2017

Supply chain simplicity

With a revelation in furniture design, the reintroduction of the dreaded 11-plus exam and an emerging trend in food retail, this week’s news has given us plenty to think about. Supply chain bloggers, Sam Phipps and Jessie Cooper, investigate the biggest stories in the news this week and their impact on supply chain management. A
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automotive long tail assortment management Published in Blog - 06 February 2017

Transforming long tail into a profit making machine?

From prangs and punctures to general wear and tear, every single one of the UK's 30,000,000 cars endures a lifetime of hardship. To prolong the life of these vehicles, the UK has one of the most developed aftermarket spare parts industries in Europe. Although the country spends over £21bn every year on automotive parts and
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Published in Blog - 26 January 2017

“With Slim4, I can complete my processes far more quickly”

We ask Paulina Moreno, Supply Chain Planner at Kupfer, to describe a typical working day, her main responsibilities, and her experience with Slim4 and her aspirations for the future. What is your role within the company? My role sits within the supply chain area and encompasses all five of the areas that our business is
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shelf life optimisation Published in Blog, Retail - 06 January 2017

Is product freshness your top priority?

Food retailers face a constant battle to offer high levels of availability while still ensuring that customers enjoy only the freshest products. Given that inventory, handling & transportation costs must be kept under close control, achieving shelf life optimisation of all fresh items is a huge challenge for many retailers. However, how have some of
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Published in Blog - 14 December 2016

Festive Frustrations: Santa’s secret stress exposed!

Each year, Santa delivers presents to millions of children all over the world. For most people, this alone would be an impossible logistical undertaking. However, alongside this, Santa also has full responsibility for ensuring that his supply chain has sufficient capacity in the weeks and months leading up to the festive period to satisfy this
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Published in Blog - 25 August 2016

Omni Channel Retailing: is it time for a better approach?

In order to thrive in the Omni-channel environment, retailers require a different mentality. After all, success ultimately depends upon having the right retail processes, inventory policies and assortment strategy in place. However, for both traditional retailers and online “pure players”, developing an effective Omnichannel strategy which keeps both long tail items under control as well
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Published in Blog - 16 May 2016

If the cunning foxes can do it, so can you!

In case you haven’t heard, Leicester City Football Club shocked the world by going on to lift the premier league trophy. Following a narrow escape from relegation last season, 2016 has seen the team do a complete U-turn and become one of just 6 teams to win the title. As most of Leicester woke up
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