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These workshops present the fundamentals of inventory control and are appropriate for any business environment, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, healthcare, non-profit or the service sector. Participants will learn the basic concepts as well as practical techniques readily applied to their work environment.

Basics of Inventory Management —To most organizations, inventory is one of the more visible and tangible aspects of doing business. Beginning with the management of suppliers delivering raw materials to goods in various levels of completion in the production process, and management and delivery of finished goods in the distributions channel, each type represents money tied up until the inventory becomes purchased products. The workshop provides a broad overview of basic concepts and good inventory management strategies.

Distribution Inventory Management —This workshop focuses on the distribution network model and its objectives, activities, and distribution inventory management decisions. The workshop includes interactive exercises to present the fundamental concepts associated with the distribution environment. The material contrasts centralized versus decentralized approaches to the distribution network model.

Material Requirements Planning and Bills of Material —To effectively use a Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system, it is essential to understand how bills of material (BOMs) are structured and how MRP calculates requirements. This course includes instruction and exercises so students can practice these important concepts. From structuring simple BOMs to creating phantom bills, modular bills, and super bills, the participant will learn many ways to use BOMs, how to calculate material requirements, and some common action/exception messages that MRP systems frequently include.

Physical Inventory — This workshop will discuss what works and what doesn't as the participant learns the essential preparation steps and activities to perform in advance. These activities include everything from clean up and sorting to working with auditors. The best physical inventories require the best, most thorough, preparation. The participant will also learn how to keep the physical inventory under control once it starts. From tracking of tags to weigh scales and facility maps to handling recounts, this course guides the way.

Cycle Counting —In this workshop, the participants will learn how to implement or improve a cycle counting program and what the real purpose of cycle counting is: finding and fixing the causes of inventory errors. Also included are several methods for selecting items to count, using correct accounting techniques, and reconciling any outstanding transactions. In addition, the participant will learn various reporting methods to illustrate the results of the cycle counting program to employees and management.

Who should attend: These workshops are appropriate for a wide range of job functions, including management, planning, finance, engineering, shipping/receiving, inventory, sales and purchasing. We suggest that companies send a cross-functional team including labor and clerical positions to obtain maximum benefit!

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