Process Is Paramount in Effective Storeroom Management

Published October 15, 2015

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The company storeroom or tool crib of a manufacturing operation can be easily discounted, but a poorly operated storeroom can be a tremendous drag on productivity, especially when the availability of parts and supplies is critical to the repair and maintenance of shop-floor equipment.

MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) can have an outsized impact on company operations, as the amount spent in the United States on MRO materials each year is far from trivial, at more than $500 billion, according to Mike Weinberg, vice president for sales and marketing at Radnor, Pa.-based Storeroom Solutions Inc. (SSI), when interviewed by ThomasNet News. “But if you think about that in comparison to the revenues generated by products and services,” he said, “it’s relatively small, about eight or 10 percent.”