Inventory Management

The Storeroom Road Map: Final Thoughts

We covered a lot of ground in 2015; here’s a recap:






New Item Set-Up


Defined Space


Order Parts


Physical Organization









Growing Your Efficient Storeroom: From Intermediate to Advanced

It’s time to move into the last section of the Storeroom Roadmap.  We’ve spent the first nine months of this year building our processes and practices to move from effective to efficient, working the entire time to develop a world class operation.  Finally, we’ve arrived at the last turn on our journey.

This month we’ll discuss the two processes (in blue) that are part of the Advanced-Efficient stage of a storeroom.  The work we’ve accomplished up to this point was  meant to increase the storeroom’s service, and make using it  more convenient.  As in Operations or Maintenance, problems will arise from time to time,, and must be identified and eliminated through Root Cause Analysis (RCA)   Also, this month, in an effort to sharpen the convenient service of the storeroom, we’ll discuss  the delivery of MRO spare parts. 

Figure 1:  Advanced-Efficient 

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) isn’t solely a storeroom tool, nor is it only meant to provide an understanding of just total failures.  Root Cause Analysis is meant to be used when anything is trending unfavorably, or when any unfavorable situation has occurred.

Introduction to World Class Inventory Management

Welcome and thanks for visiting! This is the first edition in a 12-month series of blog entries, designed to discuss and explain high level storeroom performance. It should also help create a compelling case for change at your plant or location.

I’ll be writing a blog every month covering key challenges and discussions around Storeroom and Materials Management.  I welcome you to review the material and to comment below and let us know your experiences, thoughts, and points of view. Let’s have a conversation and some robust dialogue on this very important subject.

What does World Class mean?

As a reliability consultant, I use the term “World Class” often, and if you’ve had consultants in your facility or gone to any outside training, you’ve no doubt heard this phrase. It’s likely that our earliest exposure to the term came from the world of sports, as Olympians are said to be world class athletes. The Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” convinces us that the participants are those among us who are “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”

MRO Strategic Sourcing: Research Sourcing Providers in the Market

In a recent blog post titled "MRO Strategic Sourcing: The Expensive Table Scraps", I explained that too many organizations leave money on the table due to poor procurement practices.  I outlined 7 fundamental steps to optimize strategic sourcing. This post is the second in a 7-part series in which I will go into more detail for each of the 7-steps and discuss how it applies to MRO Storeroom operations.

Today, we’ll look at the second step – Research the sourcing providers in the market

7-Steps to Optimize Strategic Sourcing:

3 Consequences of a Poorly Run Maintenance Storeroom (Video)

Poorly run maintenance storerooms can impact an organization's performance and bottom line in three ways:

  1. Constrict Cash Flow
  2. Reduce Productivity
  3. Increase Unnecessary Costs

Less tangible, but equally significant, a poorly run storeroom also affects employees' perception of the storeroom's value and their confidence in the storeroom's ability to stock the right parts, in the right quantity, at the right time.

Andy Gager, Director of Consulting, discusses some tactical processes and strategic practices that any storeroom can employ to avoid these three consequences to become a true profit center.  


MRO Inventory Management: 3 Key Factors (Video)

Successful inventory management is dependent upon three key factors: having the right parts, at the right time, in the right quantity. In this short video, recorded at the 2010 NFMT conference, Andy Gager, talks about these key factors as well as the importance of an honest storeroom self-assessment and the value of benchmark data.

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MRO Video

Maintenance Inventory Strategies: Vending Machines & RFID

Maintenance Inventory Strategies: Vending Machines & 

Part 3 of a 4 part series featured in and Maintenance Solutions Magazine, November 2010.


One proven strategy for streamlining inventories involves placing vending machines strategically throughout a campus or facility. The machines store commonly used items, such as gloves, tape, lubricants, and batteries. Studies show that by placing these items in vending machines, managers can cut storeroom inventories by an average of 20 percent, and labor costs drop by up to 40 percent.