Table: The Inventory Mess

FAULTY FORECASTS

Suppliers now have access to the latest demand data, but forecasts by electronics and telecom companies are often inflated.

FUZZY FINANCES

Manufacturers have given contractors and distributors more control over procuring parts. Now, it's unclear who owns excess inventory.

COMPLEX SOFTWARE

Software programs have greatly boosted efficiency in planning and just-in-time delivery, but can be difficult and costly to use.

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