Inventory and Lead Times - Understanding Decoupling Points

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While inventory is necessary in manufacturing, most companies would like to reduce their inventory, but only if that did not cause problems. Managing inventory according to decoupling theory is the most effective approach to reducing (the wrong kinds of) inventory without damaging service level—without increasing the risk of shortages that disrupt production (components and materials) and hurt customer service (finished goods). Read more.

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