MIT Research: How to Cut Costs by Improving Product Punctuality

Publication Date 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Supply Chain Management Review

By Brad Gilligan and Huiping Jin, MIT SCM Class of 2014

Products received from suppliers are not always available exactly when retail channels need them.  Items that arrive way too early clog up warehouse space while latecomers often incur expediting costs and lost sales. By tailoring transportation methods and distribution center processes to match the delivery speed required of each product, companies can reduce the cost of transportation, prevent excess inventory, and eliminate lost sales.

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