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July/August 1995, 
Vol. 77, No. 4
Posted 1995-07-01

Changes in Inventory Management and the Business Cycle

by Donald S. Allen

The change in business inventory has always played a major role during downturns in the business cycle. Innovations in inventory management, such as “just-in-time” methods and computerized stock management using bar code scanning, have become more popular over the last decade. Donald S. Allen looks at whether these changes are expected to have a major impact on the amplitude or duration of the business cycle.

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