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3 Inventory Strategies to Make Your Supply Chain More Efficient

In today’s competitive marketplace supply chain managers and procurement teams are constantly striving to cut costs without sacrificing quality. Stay a step ahead of your competitors by implementing one or more of the following inventory strategies:

  1. KanBan

Developed by Toyota in the 1950s KanBan controls the flow of product from the supplier to the production facility.  KanBan allows manufacturers to replenish their inventory as parts are used instead of carrying large inventories.  In addition, KanBan systems provide a means of forecasting demand so that shortages can be avoided.  A key component of the KanBan system is the KanBan card. Now primarily electronic, KanBan cards indicate to the supply chain that more parts are needed. KanBan cards usually take the form of email messages or other electronic signals to the supplier. Once the signal is received the supplier ships the parts needed to meet production demand.

A simple example of a KanBan program is a three bin system. In the three bin system the first bin is on the factory floor (the point of demand), the second bin is in the factory warehouse, and the third bin is in supplier’s warehouse. When the first bin on the factory floor is depleted, the inventory is transferred from the second bin in the factory warehouse. At this point the KanBan card (electronic signal) is sent to the supplier and the parts are sent from the third bin (supplier inventory) to replenish the inventory at the factory warehouse (the second bin).

  1. Kitting

Kitting is the process of packaging parts together that are used in production assemblies. Instead of pulling parts from multiple bins for an assembly, a single bin containing kitted parts can be utilized. Manufactures can simply specify the required parts for the kit and the parts are packaged together. In addition to reducing assembly times, kitting reduces procurement and inspection times as well.

  1. Consignment Inventory

Consignment inventory is stock that is still owned by the supplier and stored in their warehouse but allocated to a specific client. Consignment inventory allows manufacturers to pull in stock as needed without incurring the costs of the parts and storing inventory immediately. Another benefit of consignment inventory is the ability to avoid shortages by having dedicated stock available.

bisco makes inventory management easy

As a full service distributor of electronic components and fasteners bisco industries offers KanBan, kitting, and consignment inventory capabilities as well as many other supply chain services. Regardless of your requirements we will work with you to develop and implement the solution that is right for you. To learn more about bisco’s inventory management solutions visit or contact a sales rep now.

Supply Chain Continuity: Diminishing the Risk of Shortages

Technology + Personal Service = Supply Chain Optimization

bisco industries is uniquely positioned to support supply chain continuity by monitoring industry wide stock levels to make sure you have the parts you need for production. This is made possible by bisco’s growing customer base which includes clients in the aerospace, industrial, medical, electronics, and telecom industries. Furthermore bisco’s wide ranging product catalog allows us to monitor demand for all types of items from rivets to power supplies.

bisco utilizes a proprietary system that identifies changes in stocking levels throughout the industry for high-use products. Using this data we are able to adjust stocking packages and alert customers to changes in demand. In addition to our digital monitoring systems, bisco’s extensive sales force works to identify and set custom inventory levels for high-risk items within customers’ production lines. Once an item is identified, customized inventory levels can be set for up to 18 months’ worth of product.

To learn more about reducing the risk of shortages by partnering with bisco talk with your local sales rep or visit today!

Helping International Clients Feel at Home

New Customized E-Commerce Websites

bisco industries is dedicated to serving the international community. To further this mission we have recently launched ten additional e-commerce websites supporting Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Each regional website provides navigation and ordering in the user’s native language. To view the website for their region users can simply select the appropriate language at the top left of any page. bisco’s goal in each region is to enhance the manufacturing community’s access to electronic components, circuit board hardware, and assembly fasteners. In addition to our e-commerce capabilities bisco offers a variety for supply chain services tailored to international clients. These services include consolidated shipments, quality inspection, long-term pricing, and one-stop shopping.

Product Information at Your FINGERTIPS offers product data, pricing, availability, and online ordering for thousands of parts from manufacturers such as Molex, Southco, Panduit, KATO, Acme Industrial, Brady, and Lyn Tron. In the coming months bisco’s e-commerce capabilities will continue to expand. Keep your eyes open for updated product information from RAF as well as a BOM upload tool.

Go to now to get pricing and availability and place orders at the click of a button.

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