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March 7, 2019

Go Lean: Vendor Managed Inventory Benefits

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Perfecting inventory management of industrial packaging products is a key component of lean manufacturing. Unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done. The process of inventory management is not only time-consuming and tedious, it’s crucial for maximizing ROI and maintaining workflow. Many companies are shifting the burden of tracking packaging inventory to a third party through vendor managed inventory (VMI).

What Are the Basic Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory?

For operations in need of daily or weekly shipments of wood packaging, this service can have a significant positive impact on productivity and workflow. Instead of spending time and payroll having internal staff catalogue and order industrial packaging supplies, the vendor’s own team manages the process instead. With several hours more per week to spend running the floor and moving product, internal staff can increase output and work more efficiently.
When our customers’ employees’ top priority is production, packaging needs can be temporarily forgotten. By outsourcing that to someone whose only mission is ensuring your packaging needs are met, you never find yourself suddenly unable to make the next shipment. All our resources are laser-focused on getting your packaging needs met, so your employees don’t need to split their time.
In addition to more accurate inventory management, a VMI program can also help reduce the amount of packaging stock the customer needs to keep on-site. Timber Creek actually keeps your most commonly used wood packaging in stock at our warehouses to ensure speedy delivery as needed. This particular vendor managed inventory benefit allows our customers to maximize their investment with us by allocating more of their facility’s space to profit-generating processes.

The Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory at Timber Creek

It goes without saying that a successful VMI program is built on trust, and Timber Creek has spent years earning a reputation for reliability, accuracy, and consistency. Here is how our customers specifically benefit from the uniquely comprehensive vendor managed inventory services we offer:
Constant Open Communication. Our customers are never in the dark on the details of their vendor managed inventory program. Full reports are provided each time inventory is catalogued to ensure total transparency. This also ensures that Timber Creek is able to accommodate any changes in packaging needs as quickly as possible, to keep product and business moving.
On-site Inventory Management. We see your operation in action every week, and are regularly available should you have questions or need guidance on any type of industrial packaging. There’s a lot to be said about the accountability and customer service that naturally results from regular face-to-face communication. At Timber Creek, we believe that the more tuned in we are to your needs, the more value we are able to provide. On-site VMI programs are a great way to facilitate a high quality relationship.
Just-In-Time Delivery, Every Time. Truckloads of industrial packaging are sent out to replenish your inventory as soon as next-day. We understand that without wood packaging, your business shuts down. Our VMI programs help prevent those costly shut downs by having our wood packaging there just-in-time for you to use it.
VMI is win-win, because it allows your employees to focus on what they do best, and we can focus on what we do best. If you would like to learn more about the vendor managed inventory benefits provided by Timber Creek, contact Doug Kruse at 414-466-1645 or dougk@fca-timbercreek.com.

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