Welcome supply chain professional. I would like to talk about capturing that decisive moment in time when you make that first tour through an inventory center when you take on a new responsibility, or maybe even the regular workplace walkthrough of the receiving and warehouse you make on MBWA (management by walking around) treks.
My wife is a professional photographer; she has an eye for capturing the “decisive moment” with a model, on a nature shoot, or covering an event. She is of course good at managing the business aspects of being a photographer, as well as an expert in color management, composition, and a skilled technician with the gear and talented at making a connection with people. But what differentiates her from the very high performing amateurs is that ability to spot and capture the fleeting moment something turns a photo into a story.
CDR Gary Rakes, MSC, USN (Ret.) is the VP of Supply Chain for Aspirus, Inc. in Wausau Wisconsin; Gary coined the supply chain careism “we fill the hands that heal.” In fact, I knew him to paint those inspiring words over the door to warehouse locations he manages. Gary taught me that being able to conduct a red-flag style assessment of receiving and inventory locations is a high reliability approach to diagnosing urgent areas for key improvement in the inventory fulfillment process that fuels his mission to fill the healing hands with life-saving supplies and equipment. This makes sense since these areas are early upstream locations in the care site demand string.
To help develop a professional’s eye for the decisive moments of receiving and inventory assessment take a look at the featured image for this post to find a simple mind map for 10 Inventory Warning Signals.
I am very interested in your thoughts on inventory assessment so please leave a comment, please hit the “follow” button so we will be sure to meet again in upcoming posts, and as always… keep filling the hands that heal!