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Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 1994
Version: 8 March 2004
Length: 12 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

This case describes a challenge facing Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Vancouver Division in 1990. Although its new inkjet printers were selling well, inventory levels worldwide were rising as sales rose. In Europe, high product variety was making inventory levels especially high. HP considered several ways to address the inventory issue: air freighting printers to Europe, developing more formalized inventory planning processes, or building a factory in Europe. The teaching purpose is to discuss inventory analysis and/or to discuss the organizational challenges companies face in implementing supply chain solutions.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 1990.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
Canada
Location:
Vancouver

Featured company

Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Industry:
Printers

Featured protagonist

  • Brent Cartier (male), Manager for Special Projects

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Abstract

This case describes a challenge facing Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Vancouver Division in 1990. Although its new inkjet printers were selling well, inventory levels worldwide were rising as sales rose. In Europe, high product variety was making inventory levels especially high. HP considered several ways to address the inventory issue: air freighting printers to Europe, developing more formalized inventory planning processes, or building a factory in Europe. The teaching purpose is to discuss inventory analysis and/or to discuss the organizational challenges companies face in implementing supply chain solutions.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 1990.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
Canada
Location:
Vancouver

Featured company

Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Industry:
Printers

Featured protagonist

  • Brent Cartier (male), Manager for Special Projects

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