Parts Sales, Warehouse & Inventory Management

Often, parts warehouses and inventories do not receive the attention needed to ensure that they operate efficiently and remain accurate. Some reasons we see this are that management perceives that parts departments don’t generate prime income for the company, and they assume that parts should be easy to manage.  This mindset, along with failing to manage your parts systematically and failing to utilize warehouse inventory best practices, can be problematic. If the focus is ever turned to fixing these problems, you may quickly realize that it will be difficult and potentially painful.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done that will help ensure that problems don’t arise, and your parts warehouse will run smoothly. An accurate parts inventory system allows the parts department to be more proactive and responsive to the market.

As a parts manager, you will either operate from a predictive or reactive position. Most companies fall into the habit of building their management strategy around reactive events. To successfully manage part inventory a manager should adopt a predictive strategy. While reactive management can be beneficial during a crisis, the essence of successful management is the ability to prevent problems before they arise.

Predictive management of spare parts includes the collection and analysis of data, and the ability to look at the entire scope of operation to locate and solve important underlying problems that may surface in the long run. In relation to collecting and analyzing data, be sure to look out for patterns of failure that can reveal problems that are not clearly visible. Predictive management will help you to make better use of resources, cutting the time and cost associated with fixing issues.

There are a few things to consider in creating effective spare parts inventory management. The seven things to consider have been carefully analyzed to help in enhancing performance, the effectiveness of plant operations, as also reduce cost are: Operation strategy, Standardizing the Work Order process, Effective parts inventory control, In-depth understanding of lead times for different parts, Calculating risk for every model, Stocking parts for new model, and Adopting better security measures.  These things, when considered, can result in reduced carrying costs, reduced loss of sales, and improved overall efficiency.

STEPUP has experts with decades of hands on experience in Parts Sales, Warehouse and Inventory management.  STEPUP offers a robust spares optimization and management system designed to keep your operations running smoothly and help you to have the right parts at the right time to avoid loss of sales.