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Inventory Management

Inventory Management

Advanced Methods for Managing Inventory within Business Systems

Geoff Relph, Catherine Milner

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Get the tools you need to manage, control and balance inventory systems with a revolutionary new methodology.

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About the book

Effective inventory management can increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve cash flows. Endorsed by Institute of Operations Management and CILT, Inventory Management shows managers how to take control of their inventory system and ensure operations run smoothly.

Looking beyond the complexity and theory of inventory management, Geoff Relph and Catherine Milner focus on the most important decisions managers need to make when managing inventory. They examine how inventory management should work, how to control it, and how to balance it, through their use of revolutionary k-curve methodology. They include case studies from various industries, looking at inventory management in diverse areas such as supermarkets and aerospace. Online resources include an appendix of figures, a chapter breakdown of figures and a bonus chapter about the supporting materials.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to inventory management;
    • Chapter - 02: Business systems and business;
    • Chapter - 03: The complexity of inventory management within business systems;
    • Chapter - 04: Traditional thinking in inventory optimization;
    • Chapter - 05: k-curve methodology;
    • Chapter - 06: The practical application of k-curve;
    • Chapter - 07: Case study examples and what to do next


Inventory Management is accurately described by the authors as achieving a balance between the philosophical and the practical. A significant portion of the book is dedicated to the k-curve methodology developed in the 1980's - 1990's by Relph while he was working for IBM. If you're ready for truly advanced inventory management methods administered with a practical hand, this book contains many of the answers you've been looking for.
Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point

Inventory Management provides a comprehensive overview of the key methodologies to address inventory optimisation. It ranges from re order points through to k curve applications. It will provide both the student a first class reference book and also the business owner the knowledge to apply more quantitative techniques to enable their inventory planning to be more effective and targeted.
Colin Mills, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Acenta Steel Limited

This practical book should be required reading for anyone involved in managing inventory from managers to students alike. Written by experienced practitioners, with academic credentials, the book takes the reader from basic to advanced inventory management tools and techniques. The book is illustrated with case studies of good practice across different sectors and is an important addition to the Kogan Page suite of logistics and transport publications.
Dorothea Carvalho, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

This book aims to achieve a balance between the philosophical and the practical, providing a mixture of theory, step-by-step instructions, and practical examples to help managers smooth out their inventory management processes and streamline operations. Case studies from diverse industries-from supermarkets to aerospace-help to illustrate the challenges faced in managing inventory in today's world.
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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749473686
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd July 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 232x156
  • 280 pages

About the Author

Dr. Geoff Relph has 40 years' experience in inventory and business systems management in the operational, consulting and academic sectors. With over 20 years' experience in MRP operations and inventory management with IBM, since 2002 Geoff has worked as an inventory expert in operational, consulting and training roles. He's led many projects to improve supply and demand performance. Geoff completed his doctorate in Inventory Management in Business Systems. He is an associate lecturer at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, and delivers modules for the MSc Programme in the UK and internationally.

Catherine Milner is a chartered engineer and has nearly 20 years' experience working in aerospace, petrochemicals and telecommunications. She's managed many successful projects on electronic data exchange with customers, forecasting, MRP, supply chain management, and business process re-engineering. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick and Chairman of the Institute of Operations Management.

Geoff Relph

Catherine Milner

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