Subject Area: Spare Parts Inventory Training
Why is it, that despite the best efforts of management teams, most spare parts inventories remain bloated with excess, surplus, and obsolete items, while also not providing the level of service expected by the users?
The simple answer is spare parts inventory training – or rather, a lack of, training.
If you don’t train your team in the specifics of managing spare parts inventory that is used for the maintenance of your physical assets, how can you expect them to do a good job?
This type of inventory has different characteristics from other inventory types.
Generic training in inventory or supply chain management just does not cut it.
And what do you think is the one thing that is most common to almost all multi-site companies?
This includes companies that have just a couple of sites as well as companies that have hundreds of locations around the world.
One thing they have in common is a disjointed approach to spare parts inventory training.
It is almost universal that no two locations will manage their inventory in the same way.
Even if they have the same ERP and basic procedures.
Why? Because they have no consistency in training and so each site is ‘singing a different tune’.
So why does this matter?
It matters because if you want to improve your results you need to run a whole series of independent improvement project rather than just one.
And that complicates management.
And that creates inertia.
And the means poor results.
If spare parts inventory training is a concern for you, I have a solution.
Please contact me to discuss how I can help you get this right.
Keep on improving!
Posted by Phillip Slater