The Significance of Inventory Lead Time for Manufactured items in Microsoft Dynamics AX & 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise

The inventory lead time for a manufactured item can serve one or more purposes for modeling supply chain activities.  It typically represents the fixed lead time for the item's production orders, but the significance of this fixed lead time depends on whether routing data has been defined for the item. Other purposes of this fixed lead time are related to the item's safety stock requirements, if applicable.  However, these variations in the significance of the Inventory Lead Time are often the source of some confusion.


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About Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton has consulted globally with several hundred manufacturing/distribution companies on SCM and ERP issues. His publications include multiple books about SCM using Dynamics AX as well as two textbooks about SCM/ERP, and his books have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. For more than 10 years, Scott has been a frequent speaker at Microsoft and AXUG conferences around the world, and a multi-year winner of the rarely given Microsoft MVP award for Dynamics AX. His regular column “The AX Solution Architect” is published in

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