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What’s the Big Deal About Cycle Counting?

Matt Yearling
by Matt Yearling on Jun 23, 2016 4:11:55 PM

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Whether we like it or not, every company on the planet with any significant supply chain operation has an inventory reconciliation problem. It doesn’t matter if you are a retailer, manufacturer or logistics service provider, or if you have the latest and greatest warehouse management system. The fact is, if humans have to physically touch or scan inventory in the put away, inventory check or pick process, then errors will occur. The only debate will be the size and scale of the problem.

I talk to many organizations and they all deal with this problem. As you can imagine, there is a broad array of approaches taken and process maturity across companies. Some never check, some shutdown operations to do a full check, and others have a robust approach to cycle counting. In the best case scenario, you have a process that gets you into the 95% to 99% confidence level of inventory. Why not 100%? Just to reiterate, you may have the best warehouse staff on the planet, but if they are following manual repetitive tasks, errors will unfortunately occur.

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Matt Yearling
Written by Matt Yearling
CEO PINC Solutions. Matt Yearling joined PINC Solutions as chief executive officer in March 2013 and is responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the company. He has an extensive 25 year track record of developing and bringing to market ERP, CRM, supply chain and security business solutions across the global SMB, enterprise, healthcare and public sector market segments. Most recently, Matt was vice president and general manager of Encryption Products at Symantec Corporation where he delivered market-leading encryption offerings across the endpoint, cloud, and mobility product families. Prior to Symantec, Matt was the senior vice president of Global CRM Product Development at Sage Inc., where he was responsible for the entire CRM product family, cloud solutions, mobility, platform development, in addition to owning a number of strategic technology initiatives across Sage Group. Prior to Sage, he served as the senior vice president and chief technology officer for Embarcadero Systems Corp (a Ports America company), where he delivered a variety of cloud solutions to many of the world’s largest transportation supply chain companies. Matt also spent over 15 years at Oracle Corporation holding several executive roles before becoming vice president of Oracle On Demand where he enabled it to become Oracle's fastest growing line-of-business. Matt holds a HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Plymouth, England, and a MS in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.
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