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Shelf Life: How to Avoid Losing Money to Expired or Obsolete Parts

Managing shelf life and obsolescence is a significant challenge in the automotive parts industry. Without proper strategies, distributors can face substantial financial losses due to expired or obsolete inventory. This...

How To Improve Seasonal Forecast Accuracy for Better Customer Outcomes

How to improve seasonal forecast accuracy for better customer outcomes Seasonality is a core consideration when you’re forecasting how much stock you’ll need to purchase to meet expected demand. For...

Is it Time to Go on a SKU Diet? When to Dropship, Stock, Order as Needed, or Stop Selling a Part Altogether

Offering a large, diverse inventory of items is a huge source of value in the OEM aftermarket. Stocking the complete maintenance catalog for a product, for example, or allowing customers...

Overseas Suppliers, Gray Markets, and the Age-Old Question: Do You Want It Cheap or Fast?

Finding the right balance between cost and speed is crucial in every supply chain, especially in the OEM and aftermarket auto parts market. Distributors often face the dilemma of choosing...

Calculating the Cost of a Stockout

From logistics, delays, product returns, and “spilled orders” to customer trust and brand loyalty. Why do some customers keep coming back to the same brand? Chances are, it’s because that...

Inventory Optimization Done For You

There’s nothing else like Hydrian’s expertise, technology, strategy, and daily support. If you feel like your inventory challenges are hopelessly out of control, Hydrian can help. Managing variable supplier lead-times,...

Higher Demand and Longer Leadtimes: The COVID “Double Whammy”

Presented at International Fastener Expo 2021 In early 2020 as COVID swept across the globe, supply chains began to reel as the consequences of the pandemic forced actions such as...

How Stockouts Impact Freight Cost

Presented at Home Delivery World 2021 Before beginning, it is important to define two different types of stockouts in a network with multiple distribution centers: 1) Local Stockouts: Out of...

Fill Rate vs. In-Stock Rate: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters?

Fill Rate vs In-Stock Rate: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters At the start of any engagement with a client, one of our first tasks is to agree on...

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