A Single Inventory for Both 'Bricks & Clicks'?

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Re: amazon
SP   9/9/2014 2:50:25 AM

single inventory system across organization works well. But physically handling distribution at one location is very impractical.

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FLYINGSCOT   9/8/2014 12:38:44 PM

Amazon is the master at this strategy with one massive warehouse serving multiple channels.  This is Ok when the end product is easily transportable but I guess would not work for any "heavier" industry where certain channels need to be closer to the consumer or the supplier needs to be close to the manufacturer.

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Look at Digikey!
_hm   9/6/2014 6:53:33 PM

I order parts from Digikey by 6pm and I always receive them by 10am next day. Shipping charge is minimal or free. How do they manage so good, from one location in USA?

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Servicing multiple channels from the same facilities
Jacob   9/5/2014 1:48:48 AM
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"But a senior director of IT systems also points out: "Servicing multiple channels from the same facilities adds tremendous complexities to the systems.""

Frank, this is true. Keeping different inventory for multiple channels from the same facility is practically difficult.

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t.alex   9/5/2014 1:04:48 AM

One single inventory for both Bricks and Clicks might be easy to manage however it would be costly to move products from point A to point B. Especially in Auto industry, customers service is crucial therefore there is a high demand to fulfill orders. One single inventory would be very hard and logistics cost would be high as well.

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