7 Best Inventory Management Books to Keep Within Reach

What inventory management books can help you to cut inventory costs? We will show you 7 best inventory books that readers at all levels can learn from.

In Search of the Best Inventory Management Books
Many people think inventory management is a clerical task but they're absolutely wrong. Effective control of inventory requires a broad spectrum of knowledge.

To provide readers with the list of the best inventory management books that they can use to create positive change in their organizations, we've conducted a data collection as below,

- Firstly, we pull out the list of inventory management books from Amazon.com to ensure that we get the best books on the market.

- Secondly, We've conducted a literature survey and found 7 types of books as below,

1. Basic Inventory Control: deals with basic knowledge of inventory management.

2. Inventory Accuracy: focuses on how to manage and reconcile the difference between the inventory record in the computer system and actual inventory in a warehouse.

3. Inventory Strategy: how to formulate a sound inventory management strategy that balances cost versus service level.

4. Material Management: how to manage inventory in the manufacturing environment.

5. Warehouse & Material Handling: the good flow of materials inside a warehouse is crucial for modern inventory management.

6. Warehouse Safety: this subject has become more and more important due to labor and regulatory issues.

7. Distribution Management: deals with the delivery of finished products inventory to end customers.

- Thirdly, we conduct citation analysis for each book. Citation count is a metric we use to separate great books from their peers

- Lastly, we carefully examine each book and make a final cut

In short, we establish a data collection plan and books are categorized by topics. Then, we use the objective evaluation using citation count as a metric.

7 Best Inventory Management Books are as below:
  1. World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling by Edward Frazelle

  2. Essentials of Inventory Management by Max Muller

  3. Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern Warehouse by Gwynne Richards

  4. Inventory Accuracy: People, Processes, & Technology by David J. Piasecki

  5. Introduction to Materials Management by Steve Chapman et al

  6. Supply Chain Network Design: Applying Optimization and Analytics to the Global Supply Chain by Michael Watson et al

  7. Warehouse Safety: A Practical Guide to Preventing Warehouse Incidents and Injuries by George Swartz
What are some of your favorite inventory management books? Do you have other titles you would like to share?

- Silver, E. A. (1981). Operations research in inventory management: A review and critique. Operations Research, 29(4), 628-645.

- De Koster, R., Le-Duc, T., & Roodbergen, K. J. (2007). Design and control of warehouse order picking: A literature review. European journal of operational research, 182(2), 481-501.

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Last review and update: September 15, 2018

About the Editor

Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via TwitterQuora and Google+ or drop him a line via e-mail.