Distribution resource planning

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For other uses, see DRP (disambiguation).

Distribution resource planning (DRP) is a method used in business administration for planning orders within a supply chain. DRP enables the user to set certain inventory control parameters (like a safety stock) and calculate the time-phased inventory requirements. This process is also commonly referred to as distribution requirements planning.

DRP uses several variables:

  • the required quantity of product needed at the beginning of a period
  • the constrained quantity of product available at the beginning of a period
  • the recommended order quantity at the beginning of a period
  • the backordered demand at the end of a period
  • the on-hand inventory at the end of a period

DRP needs the following information:

  • the demand in a future period
  • the scheduled receipts at the beginning of a period
  • the on-hand inventory at the beginning of a period
  • the safety stock requirement for a period

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References[edit]

Feigin, G.E., Katircioglu, K., Yao, D.D.: Distribution Resource Planning systems: a critique and enhancement.