The Impact of Item Migration in the Air Force Logistics Command Consumables Inventory
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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One of the basic unwritten assumptions in inventory management is that the items which make up a given management category remain in there indefinitely. However, work by Smith and Gumbert at DESC showed that the categories there are not static, but that there is a large number of items which migrate from one category to another. The object of this research was to determine the level of item migration in the AFLC consumables inventory system. This thesis has demonstrated that a significant amount of migration is also present there. Overall, the AFLC inventory system experiences about a ten percent migration per quarter. The annual migration rate could be as high as forty percent although it typically will be much less than that. Each SMGC has about the same percentage of migrating items, but the ALCs do not. This may be because certain types of items are more prone to migration than others, though this was not addressed in the study. The analysis also tracked each item in the San Antonio ALC over a twelve quarter period.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies