Inventory and Transportation Costs Optimisation, Retail

Inventory and Transportation Costs Optimisation, Retail

Locations: WE.

Industries: Retail.

Supply Chain Areas: Supply Chain Analytics.

An example of using supply chain analytics for inventory optimisation and reduction of transportation costs in retail. An in-depth case study sheet is also available for download here.


This international retailer was struggling with high levels of inventory in stores and central depots, but in the wrong mix for the rate of sales. Its inability to coordinate the flow of goods from long lead time suppliers to stores was causing repeated air-freighting to cover shortages.  Yet working capital was above target.


  • The SupplyVue analytics tool was used to capture transactional demand and inventory data.
  • SupplyVue was able to analyse the demand profiles of the product portfolio, identifying base demand and promotional demand separately. Additionallin-depth supplyvue case study sheetsy, SupplyVue analysed the supply chain performance, processes and parameters settings by segment to investigate the root cause of the air-freight requirement.
  • Analysis confirmed that the need for air-freight  was due to the inventory management approach for the basic items. The retailer pushed inventory forward into the stores without  formal inventory planning at the regional warehouse. There was enough inventory in the network in total but it was not in the right location.
  • Using SupplyVue the team segmented the demand between basic and promotional products.  Using a modelled forecast accuracy generated by the statistical algorithm form basic items, SupplyVue calculated the required inventory policies at the central warehouse and recalculated the corresponding inventory levels at store (based on a Kanban pull mechanism from the central inventory).

SupplyVue in practice – Forecast accuracy analysis dashboard



Business Impact

  • Rebalancing of inventory in the network, 20% reduction in overall inventory, with significantly improved inventory availability
  • Virtual elimination of air-freight caused by inventory shortages and a management capability to manage the air-freight decisions

What you should do now

  • For more information on how SupplyVue was applied to inventory optimisation and reduction of transportation costs, download our detailed Case Study Sheet here.
  • More examples of applying SupplyVue to optimise supply chain performance are available here.
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