How Will Artificial Intelligence Transform Inventory Management?

Logistics Tech Outlook | Thursday, September 05, 2019

The implementation of robust AI solutions will enable organizations to enhance their inventory management with accurate data-driven forecasting.

FREMONT, CA: Despite the advances in the logistics sector, many challenges still pervade inventory management. The lack of demand forecasting has often led to excesses and shortages, resulting in substantial losses to the companies. To solve this problem, organizations are spending in millions, employing forecasting experts and software such as ERP, CRM, and EMS to enhance their operations.

Organizations have failed to harness the potential of data generated from the various functions of inventory management, including planning, procurement, production, distribution, and fulfillment. The siloed processes often disrupt the supply chain, making it difficult for organizations to streamline their logistics operations.

The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) will significantly enhance inventory management. The capabilities of AI will enable organizations to optimize space, facilitate forecasting, and deliver customer satisfaction. The superior cognition, reasoning, and problem-solving functions will enable intelligent automation of multiple processes.

AI is bringing significant improvements to the inventory management operations, utilizing the vast troves of real-time data generated by the interconnected environment. However, the harnessing of data using robust AI technology will require the organizations to redesign their supply-chain processes.

Several organizations have successfully incorporated the novel technology throughout their inventory management operations, and are witnessing the benefits. It has dramatically improved the inventory processes and facilitated better forecasting of user demand. By leveraging AI to maintain stock levels, they have reduced shortages and excesses.


Ai can facilitate cognitive inventory management, taking organizations beyond the conventional approaches, and their limited functionalities. By moving their processes to the cloud from siloed environments, organizations can promote greater collaboration and accessibility. By establishing enterprise-scale computing capacity, organizations can facilitate the processing of terabytes of data.

The data can be consolidated, normalized, and enriched to prepare it for AI analytics. Effective machine learning (ML) techniques will enable the organizations to track the patterns in the data and generate valuable insights and recommendation which can assist them forecasting the demand.

AI enables organizations to identify patterns and generate insights, helping them seamlessly control their inventory management. It is transforming the logistics sector, bringing greater capabilities into play. As AI technology becomes more customizable, organizations should adopt the technology and streamline their inventory process to stay relevant in the market.

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