The Forgotten Supply-Chain

Flint, Chrism
July 1999
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jul/Aug99, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p18
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the inventory management of repairables. There are many aspects of repairables that follow normal inventory theory. There are a number of reasons why professionals in the field of logistics should approach the logistics of repairables in a different way from consumable items and these include the need for separate identification and classification, the peculiarities associated with forecasting future demand both for the end item and for any parts used in its repair, the requirement for a reverse information flow to record failure rates and the need for control of configuration to be maintained. Forecasting future needs for such items necessitates a different approach in terms of methodologies, data capture and the algorithms used together with an understanding of the day-to-day management problems likely to be experienced.


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