Carrying cost

Carrying cost

In marketing, carrying cost refers to the total cost of holding inventory. This includes warehousing costs such as rent, utilities and salaries, financial costs such as opportunity cost, and inventory costs related to perishibility, shrinkage and insurance.Citation
last1 = Russell | first1 = Roberta S.
last2 = Taylor | first2 = Bernard W.
title = Operations Management: Quality and Competitiveness in a Global Environment, Fifth Edition
publisher = John Wiley & Sons
year = 2006
isbn = 0-471-69209

When there are no transaction costs for shipment, carrying costs are minimized when no excess inventory is held at all, as in a Just In Time production system.

Excess inventory can be held for one of three reasons. Cycle Stock is held based on the re-order point, and defines the inventory that must be held for production, sale or consumption during the time between re-order and delivery. Safety Stock is held to account for variability, either upstream in supplier lead time, or downstream in customer demand. Psychic Stock is held by consumer retailers to provide consumers with a perception of plenty.


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