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Web based Automatic replacement of inventory to ensure optimum supply

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013549D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Volume manufactures typically drive their business against a build plan. The build plan represents that they will build in the next 30/60/90 days. This build plans is used to drive parts orders and inform the channel which products will be sent. A web based business builds to order vs build to plan. The traditional method to support this is to attempt to execute forecast against the direct build i.e. to anticipate customer order rate and plan against it. This method works for basic commodities (frames, covers, power supplies) but is not effective for high cost lower attach rate commodities. For low attach rate commodities, a direct business must balance the following two goals: 1) Ensure item is always in stock