Vendor Managed Inventory
Vendor Managed Inventory (or VMI) is the process in which a vendor assumes responsibility
for managing the inventory of a product at a customer's site.
The vendor is usually responsible for:
Monitoring the customer’s inventory,
Analyzing the customer’s usage, and
Replenishing the customer’s stock.
Remote Monitoring Solves Perplexing Vendor Managed Inventory Problems.
Vendor Managed Inventory employs "just-in-time" principles to optimize supply chain efficiency by minimizing the amount of
inventory at the customer’s site while eliminating run-outs and emergency deliveries.
Timely inventory and usage data is essential to the Vendor Managed Inventory process and Supply Chain Management in
general. It often requires a real-time remote monitoring network
that integrates with existing information systems.
Remote monitoring is a widely accepted method of monitoring a
variety of products such as liquid levels in storage tanks and
bulk powders or pellets in silos, bins and hoppers. It can also
be applied to other types of inventory as well.
The benefits of remote monitoring goes beyond accurate and
timely inventory data. With it, you can:
- Instantaneously detect sudden changes in demand;
Detect spills, leaks and theft;
Monitor temperature and storage conditions;
Verify delivery times and amounts;
Improved Supply Chain Management.
How Does Remote Inventory Monitoring Work?
Remote Inventory Monitoring requires the installation of a
Remote Monitoring Unit (such as our
GMU8120) at every remote location. Sensors
attached to the Remote Monitoring Unit provide the required inventory information
as well any ambient conditions that need to be monitored.
The Remote Monitoring Unit intelligently processes all of the information from the
sensors and transmits vital changes in inventory or usage to a
centralized computer. The centralized computer (also known as a
server) accepts data from every remote site and populates a
database. Information from the database can then be used to
generate management reports or to interface with other
How can Global Monitoring Help?
Global Monitoring understands the steps required to implement and maintain
the type of remote monitoring network that is required for
vendor managed inventory programs. We can assist you with:
- Network design
Sensor and hardware selection
From concept through deployment, Global Monitoring's design,
support and product knowledge provides cost-effective and timely
business solutions for your remote monitoring needs.