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would still requisition through the National Inventory Control Point, which would then place an order with a vendor holding a VPV contract. This vendor would be responsible for having the item in stock, or otherwise be capable of delivering directly to the requisitioning customer within time periods as short as 24 to 48 hours. It can be used to furnish total logistics support to depot maintenance customers. VPV functions can include forecasting requirements, purchasing, inventory control, engineering support, technical services, storage, and distribution functions. The VPV integrates this supply chain providing tailored logistics support to a specific major customer and/or weapons system. The retail supply process focuses on user consumption by requisitioning items from the wholesale supply system. In general, retail supply functions are operated by DoD personnel; usually, but not always, military personnel. The retail supply system provides replacement parts for a weapon system at the point of need; the flight line, aboard ship, in the motor pool. The failed part can be discarded, repaired by a local repair facility (referred to as intermediate level repair) or returned to the wholesale supply system for repair at either an organic or commercial depot repair facility. DoD and the services have made significant investments in SCM tools and processes with the goal of automating many of the routine tasks that have been historically very labor intensive. These types of management tools, such as the Readiness Based Sparing (RBS) Readiness Based Sparing (RBS) Readiness Based Sparing (RBS) is the practice of using advanced analytics to set spares levels and locations to maximize system readiness. RBS has been part of Department practice since the 1960's, when it was used to optimize aircraft availability, and is incorporated into DoD Supply Chain Materiel Management Regulation (DoD 4140.1-R) as the preferred method for calculating inventory levels. Source: model, have liberated DoD item managers from these rather mundane tasks. They are now able to focus their energy on solving more pressing problems, such as the following types of global supply support issues: · Diminishing manufacturing sources/material shortages (DMSMS) · Providing assistance to repair sources to ensure reduced repair cycle time · Subsystem and component reliability and performance issues impacting weapon system readiness In the final analysis, an efficient and effective wholesale supply system ensures a ready
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source of spares and repair parts in support of the warfighter. SCM and how it is integrated into an overall product support strategy is a crucial element of the product support package. After all, ensuring that replacement parts are available to the warfighter when and where they need them is critical to their success.
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