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Max Muller (Overland Park, KS) has been CEO or COO for distributors of products ranging from food to ATMs to safety equipment. Seminars he has developed have been attended by more than 100,000 people in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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The objective of this chapter is to provide you with a basic understanding of the nature of inventory as both a tangible, physical item actually kept within the facility ("real life" or "shelf count") and as an intangible item existing within the company's records ("paper life" or record count"). Read the first page
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Inventory Essentials April 10 2006
By A. Mock - Published on
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This book lives up to its title. It is an easy to read introduction to inventory management. If you are new to the concept or are an empiric manager in the process of formalizing your education, this is a good start. Don't look for in depth information or case studies.

On the recommendations side, the author left the topic of safety and occupational health out of the book. It would be good to include this topic in the following edition.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Essentials of Inventory Management Oct. 15 2008
By Joseph Crews - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've worked in Inventory Management for 20 years. This book covers a lot of areas that someone new to this field will find useful. This book even gave me some new ideas to try in my consulting firm.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
None Feb. 19 2012
By tina rakos - Published on
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kindle version missing pages and diagrams very hard to read. language through book is difficult to follow with errors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A practical and concise primer, recommended despite defect July 19 2012
By nign - Published on
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As said in the February review, the Kindle version has about 10 pages of content missing. Because the problem occurs near the beginning of the book, it gives the impression that it bodes ill for how well formatted the book is, but after finishing the book, I can safely say that that's the only missing chunk, and despite the defect, I'd still recommend the book to anyone who's just starting out on inventory management or has taken over an operation that needs improvements in efficiency and accuracy.

The author is well versed in theories while highly experienced in practical application. The book provides succinct surveys of methods of inventory management and each's pros and cons, and also how pitfalls in areas of business management either directly or indirectly related to inventory management can lead to various persistent problems. It views inventory as an integral part of a business and aims to help the reader make the business better and stronger as a whole through improved inventory management.

As the title indicates, this book is only about the "essentials," so the needs of very large (global in scale) or very complex (like Amazon) operations are not covered, but the conceptual basics should be universally applicable.

Note: If you don't own a Kindle reader and intends to read the book on a computer, the diagrams would be too small for your eyes and impossible to read. But given that the diagrams are few and none too essential, it shouldn't amount to more than a nuisance.

I had written to Amazon's customer service and the respondent said they're taking the Kindle version off the shelf until the publisher fixes it. So please write in again to badger them if you're buying the book a few months later than I and still find the same problem in the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT Introductory Book. March 9 2013
By Michael - Published on
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What I Like:
* VERY Readable with GREAT Examples, Figures, Illustrations and Pictures
* GREAT introductory book

What is only so-so:
* Some topics are a LITTLE dated, but that happens in a rapidly changing technological world!

* Concise, Well Written, Straight Forward, Easy to Understand, GREAT Examples

* This is a great INTRODUCTORY Book. You may have to move on to other texts for more in-depth explanations on specific topics