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Evaluating inventory management performance using a turnover curve

Ronald H. Ballou (Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

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Abstract

Managing inventory levels in the aggregate is a common concern of senior management. A generalized formula (turnover curve) developed in previous research that mimics practical inventory control is used to audit inventory control performance of inventories in the aggregate and at multiple stocking points. The same turnover curve is used to estimate the impact of changing the inventory control procedures or to set new targets for inventory levels. It is a simple yet powerful tool for evaluating inventory managerial performance that can be developed from readily available company data. This research provides additional examples to further validate the practical usefulness of the turnover curve.

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Ballou, R.H. (2000), "Evaluating inventory management performance using a turnover curve", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 72-85. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030010307993

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