Drivers of Finished-Goods Inventory in the U.S. Automobile Industry

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Gérard P. Cachon; Marcelo Olivares;
  • Journal: Management Science,volume 56,issue 1 January,pages202-216
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1287/mnsc.1090.1095
  • Subject: empirical, supply chain management, distribution, product variety, inventory theory, manufacturing flexibility

Automobile manufacturers in the U.S. supply chain exhibit significant differences in their days of supply of finished vehicles (average inventory divided by average daily sales rate). For example, from 1995 to 2004, Toyota consistently carried approximately 30 fewer day... View more
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