Why do Vendor Managed Inventory? What are the Benefits?
"A well-structured VMI
agreement has the potential to provide benefits for both the supplier
and customer. If each partner concentrates on its core competences,
both firms can increase their productivity and profitability."
Effective Inventory Management, Inc.
"We are able to manage three times more business with our suppliers doing VMI than with our non-VMI suppliers."
Assistant VP of Marketing and eCommerce
"VMI changes the level of trust between supplier and distributor. We become closer to our customers."
Operations Project Manager
Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) has consistently provided significant advantages for both the supplier and customer.
For the customer
For the customer, VMI results in increased profitability due to:
- Reduced inventory/increased turns
- Reduced administrative costs
- Fewer stock-outs or shortages
- Increased sales (for distributors and retailers)
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For the supplier
For the supplier, VMI results in increased profitability due to:
- Increased sales
- Reduced operating costs
- Stronger customer relationships
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For both parties
For both parties, VMI also provides:
- Better information for planning (e.g. demand visibility)
- A closer, more effective working relationship - both parties work together to sell more to and/or better serve end customers
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