Particularly in complex supply chains, coordinated inventory planning is the core instrument for ensuring high delivery capability through short-term availability of end products on the one hand, while keeping inventory values to a minimum on the other.
Many influencing factors in inventory optimization are related to the hedging of uncertainties. For example, fluctuations in demand caused by short-term increases in customer requirements, imprecise delivery date commitments by suppliers, fluctuating transport times for internal stock transfers, and many others. As a prerequisite for the introduction of system-optimized inventory planning, such uncertainties that cannot be reduced must therefore also be identified and evaluated in planning terms. As a result of inventory planning, inventory recommendations are determined for the entire logistics chain and integrated into the demand planning process.