In our prior article we discussed the method behind inventory cycle counting as a way to improve your company’s inventory accuracy. There we briefly touched upon the most common cycle counting method, known as the “ABC” method.
But it’s worth noting that these cycle counts can be performed in several different ways, depending on things like location preferences or special criteria, as we are reminded in the Sep/Oct 2016 issue of APICS Magazine. We’ll offer some of their other cycle counting method examples here today:
- The Zone Method: Particularly good for items with fixed locations. The count schedule starts with the first location in a zone and continues daily until the last location is reached. Then, the count begins again at the first location.
- The Location-Audit Method: Best used when items are stored randomly. Here, a set number of locations is counted and their inventory counts are validated each day.
- The Special-Counts Method: Items are selected to be counted based on criteria such as negative or zero balances, shipment or receipt of items, fill shortages, etc.
These methods are among those suggested by David F. Ross in his article for APICS Magazine entitled Cycle Counting by the Probabilities, in the Sep/Oct 2016 issue now available to APICS members.
Inventory is one of the costliest items a business possesses. We present this information as a service to our many manufacturing and distribution ERP clients because we know that inventory cost saved is ROI regained. We’re happy to help others with inventory dilemmas, and are strong believers in the principles espoused by APICS in helping to improve our clients’ inventory and production capabilities, methods, profitability and overall success.