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Old 28-07-2009, 21:11   #1
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What's Up with Yanmar / Mack Boring?

They don't seem to stock parts for older engines.

3 weeks to get a set of valves.

4 weeks to get a set of bearing.

Everything getting shipped from Nippon
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Sounds like everyone else: If they can't turn over the inventory fast enough, they just can't afford to keep it on hand.

Toyota has a 12 week delivery time on some parts that are no longer warehoused in the US at all.
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At least they found them. You could have had to call the sources yourself. I had to waite 6 weeks for a wiring harness, But would have never found it on my own. I tried.
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Well

one of my customers will finally be underway next week.....lost 6 weeks due to Mack-Boring not stocking common parts.
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Sounds like everyone else: If they can't turn over the inventory fast enough, they just can't afford to keep it on hand...
The inventory equation is a little more complicated than that, but you’ve put your finger on the basic principle.

Although results vary by industry, typical manufacturing companies may have 6 inventory turns per year. High volume/low margin companies (like grocery stores) may have 12 inventory turns per year or more. Low volume/high margin operations may have as few as 2 - 3 turns per year.

As an electrical wholesaler (Wesco-Westinghouse), my minimum warehouse turnover was 3 times/year, for higher margin items. I stocked some critical items, that didn't meet the formulaic requirements; which were allocated to my "cost of service" account.
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It isn't just the churn (the turnover) Gord. Having high churn is good because it increases the profit "per square foot" on your warehoused goods. But, that's not the only way to make a high profit.

Everyone has to pick their own strategy. WalMart made their name that way,not for hving low prices, but by having one of the first computerized cash register systems that sent a coimplete inventory and transaction list out every night--to ensure that the store could be restocked the very next morning, if need be.

Toyota broke Detroit's stocking paradigm (where the dealers carried heavy parts stock and competed on HAVING immediate stock) by encouraging the dealers to have near-zero stock, and using two US warehouses (east/west) instead, so that anything the dealer needed WOULD arrive by Fedex the next morning. Result? Everything took one day longer--but the mutli-million dollar parts inventory didn't need dealer financing, either.

I knew one corporate owner (who fled Nazi Germany) who had built a successful import/distribution company in the US only to lose it in the late 80's. He had inventory that hadn't sold in ten years, on shelves in a high-rent area, and because he KNEW that you made money by selling for more than you paid...he refused to get rid of it (donate it, write it off, sell below cost) and instead kept his warehousing costs unfeasbly high, preventing his folks from importing and stocking the stuff that he COULD still make a profit on.

Inventory turn can be a killer. Six weeks from Japan...probably means someone didn't ask "Do you want us to air freight that?" or more likely, that Japan's famous zero inventory (aka "Just in time" inventory) struck once again. Like my muffler, being hand-built because no one wants to keep at least one piece in stock somewhere on the globe.
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Im sure there are many marketing graduates who have learned the textbook way to run a business but only the store owner knows what sells in his own store and whats more important to stock and whats best ordered on a "need" basis.

Im confident to order bulk Holset turbo parts as there are many millions of Cummins engines out there with a Holset on it, but Garret parts are only ordered when the unit is stripped and I have to live with telling the customer theres a 48-72 hour turn around.
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It isn't just the churn (the turnover) Gord. Having high churn is good because it increases the profit "per square foot" on your warehoused goods. But, that's not the only way to make a high profit...
Indeed, which is why my assistant manager spent nearly the entire morning, every day, manually over-riding our computer generated ordering report.
As I said, churns represent a fundamental factor, in a complicated equation (whether it's intuitive, rigidly formulaic, or some combination)
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I had good luck with service parts for a Yanmar 3jh2 from a Mac Boring distributor in NC, same day shipping, but we are talking seals and friction plates for a transmission,
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