Our Corporate Storage team has seen a shift in popularity from Just-In-Time to Just-In-Case Inventory since the supply chain disruptions and shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. We all remember empty grocery store shelves and product purchase limits caused by shortages and logistics delays over the last couple of years. As a result, we have assisted many of our 3PL warehousing storage clients with developing a strategy to avoid similar situations in the future.
Avoid losing untold amounts of revenue because production lines are shut down due to lack of materials. While storage costs may be higher for businesses that use the Just-In-Case system, it may still be more cost effective to have materials on hand, and close by, to reduce potential risks such as missed production time, permanent loss of customers, and supply chain issues and shortages. This also keeps employees on the clock, which in turn helps support the overall economy.
Advantages Of Just-In-Case Inventory:
- Competitive Advantage
- Your business can keep up with high demand, increasing your advantage over competitors who may be “Out of Stock”.
- Fewer Lost Sales
- Reduced risk of lost sales is another benefit of having excess inventory of your products and materials in stock.
- Demand Forecasting Flexibility
- Higher inventory levels allow for less precise demand projections. You can rest well knowing that you have enough inventory to keep up with demand.
Just-In-Time Inventory Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon
Many companies still find value in having a lean inventory due to the costs associated with purchasing, storing, and managing excess stock. Just-In-Time Inventory allows businesses to reduce waste, improve efficiencies, increase productivity, and reduce costs without negatively impacting the customer experience. While there is no room for forecasting errors with this strategy, it is still a very attractive option for small businesses seeking to operate in a more cost-effective manner.
Corporate Storage Offers Inventory Management Strategies & Solutions For Your Business
Our seasoned team of 3PL warehousing professionals help business owners ensure that they have the necessary materials on hand when needed. With locations in Georgia and Texas, Corporate Storage is well positioned to provide convenient and service oriented, offsite warehouse storage solutions. Our team will help you determine if Just-In-Case Inventory is the best option for your business needs.