One of the top priorities for a Storeroom Manager is to ensure that the right MRO spare is available at the right time. Without having overstock. Sounds simple enough, but often, the big challenge is that the systems (ERP / CMMS / EAM) tell a different story, from store reality. In some other cases, there are spares in the store, but they don’t have a corresponding match in the ERP/CMMS system, so they really don’t even know the item is in stock.
The contradictions between system data on MRO inventory and the actual stock can be alarming at times.
When you have such a challenge, no one provides a better solution than we do. We resolve these issues by doing a crib crawl, where our team members physically inspect the storeroom inventory, identify each part, and cross-references the spare information to the material record in the ERP and CMMS. This leads to the creation of a unified record for all MRO parts, making the inventory data in the system reliable and accurate.
Hybrid model makes crib crawls affordable!
Our engagement model is a hybrid model, combining onsite resources to do activities that need boots on the ground, supported by a remote team that does much of the parts research and cataloging work. The whole process is very well supported by a technology platform, that makes the data flow back and forth very smoothly. This model is highly efficient and helps reduce the cost of doing crib crawls, as well as the turnaround time since the remote team works a different time shift.