Every consultant that you ever meet will tell you that in order to implement any type of operational improvement you will need a project champion.
That is, someone who not only knows what is required but who also is prepared to work to make it happen, push back to the neigh-sayers, help inform and educate everyone involved, and take some responsibility for making it all happen. For many projects one champion can get this done, however, for spare parts inventory management improvement one champion may not be enough.
The Interactions Are Complex
The benefits of improved spare parts inventory management are well documented: reduced working capital, increased parts availability, reduced downtime, or even all three! With so much at stake, companies are usually prepared to invest time and money in the training and development of their staff so that they can make genuine and lasting improvements that reap all those benefits.
However, achieving a company-wide approach to spare parts inventory management requires recognition of everyone involved in implementing the required changes and ensuring that they have the know-how required. Think storeroom, planning, maintenance, procurement, supply chain, and even finance.
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