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Strategic Inventory Management: A Comparative Analysis of JIT and Accurate Response Systems

For businesses with substantial inventory holdings, the associated costs can be significant. From warehousing expenses to salaries, insurance, taxes, transportation, depreciation, and shrinkage, the financial burden can weigh heavily on the balance sheet. Moreover, tying up working capital in inventory can detract from potential strategic investments.

Minimizing these expenses is crucial for enhancing profitability and bolstering operating cash flow. At Accavallo & Company, we breakdown the two alternative inventory management systems for your consideration:

  1. Just-in-Time (JIT) Method: Just-in-time inventory management revolves around planning shipments of raw materials to arrive precisely when needed. This approach slashes inventory costs by minimizing the amount of stock on hand while enhancing production responsiveness and flexibility. Key elements of JIT management include:
  • Reduced Lot Sizes: Smaller lot sizes enable greater flexibility and agility to adapt to market demand fluctuations, thereby decreasing inventory cycle time and lead times.
  • Streamlined Setup Times: By minimizing setup times and associated costs, companies can afford to produce smaller lot sizes, while reducing product changeovers.
  • Flexibility: A nimble workforce can swiftly reallocate tasks during bottlenecks or unexpected spikes in demand.
  • Close Supplier Relationships: Maintaining close ties with suppliers is essential for ensuring frequent, on-time deliveries of high-quality materials. Long-term supplier relationships foster loyalty and enhance overall quality.
  • Regular Maintenance Schedules: Preventive maintenance is crucial for companies with high levels of automation to minimize unplanned downtime.
  • Quality Control: JIT systems emphasize quality control at the source, empowering production workers to take responsibility for their work and ensuring defects are addressed promptly


    2. Accurate Response Method: Accurate response inventory management systems focus on forecasting, planning, and production to better align supply with demand. Emphasizing flexible processes and shorter cycle times, this approach enables management to delay raw material decisions, gather more market insights, and refine production requirements. Key elements include:

  • Performance Evaluation: Accurate response assesses the cost per unit of stock outs and markdowns to gauge overall company performance. This data informs decisions regarding production adjustments to meet customer demand.
  • Handling Predictable and Unpredictable Products: Predictable products can be produced in advance to reserve capacity during peak seasons for unpredictable items, minimizing the need for excess inventory.

Implementing JIT and Accurate Response Techniques can yield significant efficiency improvements for your company. Lowering inventory levels reduces operating capital requirements and enhances competitiveness. Moreover, reducing warehouse, labor, and equipment expenses can strengthen financial statements and cash flow.

Reach out to us to explore whether these systems are a viable fit for your business and how they can drive performance and profitability.

If you need further information or assistance with Inventory Management System Strategies, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Accavallo & Company.  You can reach us at (203) 925-9600 or email us at [email protected].

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Sherri Fisher is a Tax Manager at Accavallo & Company, LLC.  Sherri has longstanding expertise in Trust and Estate Taxation, Eldercare, and Estate planning. Sherri appreciates the relationships she has built with estate planning attorneys and advisors, to provide a team approach to assisting her clients. Sherri also has seasoned experience in business and individual taxation and is partial to assisting start-ups in developing overall accounting and operating plans.

Prior to joining Accavallo & Company, LLC, Sherri was a manager in a large firm, servicing high net worth trust clients, business, and personal clients. She was also a Partner in a large bookkeeping firm, which specialized in cloud accounting systems for regional and national companies. Sherri led a team in assisting clients to organize their accounting systems.  She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Accounting.    

Sherri’s experience includes working with companies and organizations in a variety of industries including:

  • Investment Trusts

  • DAPT and Family Investment Partnerships

  • Estate and Probate Administration

  • E-Commerce

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Real Estate Investment

  • Marketing and Service-based industries

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sherri is an Intuit Advanced Pro Advisor, Intuit Future Firm Advisory Board member, member of the Valley WIN Network, and proudly served as past Connecticut Public School liaison for the Yale Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. Sherri enjoys time with her family, Cleveland sports, thrifting and gardening.