The elephant in your parts storeroom

Departmentalism of company functions can create difficulties for parts inventory management.

But what if all the functional departments could all see the whole elephant. Suppose each group could understand the perspective of the others? What if all the groups understood what the organization was trying to achieve and the constraints within which they each group is working?

Maybe then, all groups could have a meaningful discussion about the management of the strange beast known as materials and spare parts inventory management. Perhaps the groups could work out a way to collectively improve the everyone’s results.

Joel Levitt is president of Springfield Resources, a management consulting firm that services a variety of clients on a wide range of maintenance issues. Phillip Slater is founder of SparePartsKnowHow, an online service that provides training, tools, resources and advice to help companies build more robust and rigorous spare parts management systems.

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