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Title:Inventory Practices of Flour Milling Firms
Authors:Jason T. Barber and Frank J. Dooley
Publication Date:Jun 1996
Report #:MPC-96-62A
Project #:MPC-110
TRID #:00724567
Keywords:data collection, electronic data interchange, inventory, logistics, mills, mode choice, plant location, railroad transportation, suppliers, surveys, trucking, wheat
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications



The logistical function of inventory management has changed greatly over the last few decades. Historically, inventories have been used to manage production and were considered a necessary component of doing business. However, with recent developments such as Just-In-Time (JIT) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), this perception is changing. In addition, issues such as transportation modal choice, plant location, and transit characteristics impact inventory management. In this study, a set of four mail surveys were sent to flour milling firms in the U.S. to measure how firms were reacting to these trends and issues.

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