MINDING THE STORE

Efforts to rationalize and reduce the industry's inventory levels are set to achieve new levels of accuracy -- and complexity -- as attempts are made to tie replenishment more closely to what's actually sold at retail.Attention is shifting from warehouse-level inventory reduction efforts, such as continuous replenishment, vendor-managed inventory and cross docking, to store-level initiatives, such

Efforts to rationalize and reduce the industry's inventory levels are set to achieve new levels of accuracy -- and complexity -- as attempts are made to tie replenishment more closely to what's actually sold at retail.

Attention is shifting from warehouse-level inventory reduction efforts, such as continuous replenishment, vendor-managed inventory and cross docking, to store-level initiatives, such as collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment.

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