Monday, October 26, 2009

New Blog Site for TCLogic and Inventory Optimization

For blog posts from TCLogic about inventory intelligence and inventory optimization, please visit our new blog site by selecting the link: inventory optimization blog.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TCLogic Named to Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 IT Provider List

Leading provider of inventory optimization solutions selected for a second consecutive year by Inbound Logistics Magazine for its annual review of software vendors.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 28, 2009) TCLogic, a leading provider of inventory optimization solutions, announced today that it has been named by Inbound Logistics Magazine as a 2009 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider.

"Inbound Logistics readers face complex, demanding challenges: matching supply to demand; speeding and reducing inventory; and managing complete visibility of products from one end of the supply chain to the other. Logistics technology has become more than an enabler. For many, it has become the pathway to supply chain excellence and a lifeline to enterprise survivability,” stated Felecia Stratton, Editor of Inbound Logistics. “Inbound Logistics is proud to honor TCLogic as a 2009 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for excellence in providing solutions that answer our readers' needs for quick ROI, while still maintaining ease of use and efficient implementation.” This is the second consecutive year that TCLogic has received this prestigious award.

Every April for the past decade, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 500 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, Inbound Logistics selects
the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for leading the way in 2009. Editors seek to match readers' fast-changing needs to the capabilities of those companies selected. All companies selected reflect leadership by answering Inbound Logistics readers' needs for simplicity, ROI, and efficient implementation.

“We are honored to be recognized by Inbound Logistics,” Tom Uhrig, president of TCLogic. “During a challenging economic climate, companies are eager to find cost reduction opportunities and manage cash. Our inventory intelligence solution optimizes the amount of cash in inventory and helps our customers make more profitable inventory planning decisions. As forecasting becomes more difficult with an increase in slow moving items, inventory optimization is a critical component in having the right products in stock.”

About TCLogic

TCLogic is a leading provider of inventory intelligence and optimization solutions, enabling distribution intensive customers to achieve an optimal balance between customer service commitments and inventory levels. Since 1997, TCLogic has helped manufacturers and distributors throughout the country solve their inventory dilemmas and achieve bottom line results. For more information, visit or call 800.945.4877.

About Inbound Logistics

Inbound Logistics is the pioneering publication of demand-driven logistics practices, also known as supply chain management. IL’s educational mission is to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and neutralize transportation cost increases by aligning supply to demand and adjusting enterprise functions to support that paradigm shift. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Managing the Recovery is Just as Important as Managing the Downturn

We are months into this recession and the discussion in now turning from the impending recession, to the impending recovery.

Managing a business during a slow down typically involves cutting costs. Victims of cost-cutting measures include travel, entertainment, benefits, salary increases, new hires, location closures, headcount, R&D, markets, and inventory. Each cost-cutting segment receives close scrutiny and involves managerial resources to evaluate and recommend the most effective means to survive the downturn.

Other businesses may take a different approach. These businesses see opportunity during a downturn to either gain market share through increased penetration and service, or through the acquisition of weaker competitors.

Regardless of the approach, each business must execute an effective strategy that achieves the goal set forth. Equally important, if not more so, is the effectiveness to which a business executes a strategy during an economic recovery. Entering new markets or gaining market share may require increasing headcount or opening new locations. It may also include inventory proliferation or realigning inventory levels to meet new challenges during the recovery.

The development of an effective strategy may also require an investment in business applications. Enterprise Resource Planning applications are perfectly capable of managing transactions (financial, accounting, orders, operations, etc). Where there is often a gap is being able to analyze and gain visibility of the data on an enterprise-wide, or business-segment scale. This type of functionality can be found through a business intelligence solution. Often these solutions can provide insight that was never before possible with prior resources.

Gaining intelligence about the performance of a business can help shape the strategy for either a slowdown or a recovery. The important aspect of this is that building a strategy is part art and science. The art is in the human-based knowledge that can not be quantified. The science is in the data. Being able to construct a strategy based on data is where a tool like business intelligence can play an important role.

Feel free to visit for additional information about inventory optimization and how to effectively reduce inventory while protecting critically high service levels.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Recessionary Times Require New Approaches to Inventory Management

With our economy in crisis, firms that hold large amounts of inventory are focusing efforts at squeezing as much cash as possible out of this valuable asset in order to improve the performance of working capital. While care must be taken to prevent cutting inventory with a hatchet, there are technology tools available to help use a scalpel to reduce inventory without negatively impacting service levels.

Inventory optimization is such a tool that takes in to account what drives and impacts the performance of inventory. These drivers are normally dynamic variables that can change on any given week or month. What's driving the performance of inventory is quite different among firms. One might be heavily dependent on lead times, another will be dependent on demand behavior.

Given the thousands of SKU's that are managed across a network of multiple loations, this can be a complex process. Luckily with inventory optimization, this solution can remove the levels of complexity that exist in a supply chain. At TCLogic, we like to say, "Inventory intelligence that gets results." The intelligence lies within the current business systems, or ERP. The results achieved are after the intelligence is harvested, analyzed, and optimized stocking strategies developed. Our customers often gain results such as reducing inventory by as much as 30% while achieving targeted service levels above 98%.

Feel free to visit for additional information about inventory optimization and how to effectively reduce inventory while protecting critically high service levels.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Northeastern Supply Selects TCLogic for Inventory Optimization

Leading Plumbing and HVAC distributor gains intelligence to realign their inventory that supports their reputation for high in-stock availability.

TCLogic, a leading provider of inventory intelligence and optimization solutions, announced today that Northeastern Supply, a leader in Plumbing and HVAC distribution, has chosen to implement TCLogic’s ROI+ inventory intelligence and optimization solution, setting the stage for improving their inventory investment return, while maintaining their high service levels.

Northeastern Supply has a dominant presence in the Mid-Atlantic distributing HVAC, plumbing and hardware materials through a network of 31 branches. They maintain an expansive inventory to support a reputation for high in-stock availability and are one of the largest privately-held distributors in the country for their industry.

When Northeastern began searching for a software tool, they looked for a company that would help realign their inventory throughout their network while helping them maintain their critically high service levels. According to Tony Goncalves, Director of Supply Chain for Northeastern, “during our search, it became clear that TCLogic understood how inventory impacts business results. They took the time to understand how we run our business.”

The financial impact of having excess inventory during a recession cannot be understated. “The right combination of inventory can free up available cash, reduce expenses and help businesses be more successful,” indicated Tom Uhrig, president, TCLogic. “Inventory intelligence provides insights that enable companies we work with see reductions in inventory of 10-30%, and increase or maintain their service level above 98% with a return of investment within 6-12 months.”

As a software solution, ROI+ is designed to enhance and supplement existing ERP applications, providing a comprehensive set of tools that build business intelligence and create strategies to improve the performance of inventory, helping businesses make more informed decisions about their inventory and purchasing practices.

During implementation, Northeastern soon discovered these benefits beyond realigning their network. “We were immediately able to make significant reductions to our surplus inventory by redeploying inventory through our network. We used to make decisions based on distribution folklore with little or no data,” comments Goncalves. “That has now all changed; I now have a tool to measure, analyze, and create inventory stocking strategies and support those decisions with inventory intelligence I didn’t have before.”

About TCLogic

Since 1997, TCLogic has helped manufacturers and distributors solve their inventory dilemmas and achieve bottom line results. TCLogic’s solution, ROI+, bridges the gap between corporate strategy and execution. It directly impacts a company’s balance sheet by reducing inventory carrying costs while meeting or exceeding a targeted customer service level. Please visit for additional information.