Thoroughly enjoyed the course, the presenter kept me focussed through-out and explained things well. Also enjoyed the group activities. Lesley Stainthorpe | Drax Power Limited | Effective Storekeeping Course

Effective Storekeeping

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A two day course

Intended for all stores and warehouse personnel who require a greater understanding and appreciation of their important role in inventory management and business efficiency. It is also suitable for those who manage and interface with the function and therefore need to be aware of the operational and financial benefits of an effective stores and warehouse activity.


Attendees will learn how the stores or warehouse function affects and contributes to both the profitability and efficiency of an organisation and the importance of controlling inventory. Attendees are made aware of the significant investment stock represents and the necessity for strict control. Contemporary methods and techniques for the efficient storage of inventory are explained along with emphasis on practical issues such as security, stock accuracy, optimising the use of space, reducing surplus and obsolete stock and stocktaking.

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Fee | £645.00 + VAT

Fee includes all tuition, comprehensive course notes and information hand-outs, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

Dates | Two day course

Next course:

Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October 2018


Doncaster Racecourse Exhibition and Conference Centre, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB

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Course Content

The Stores/Warehouse Function

The Importance of Good Service / Interaction with Other Functions / Customer Service / Physical Security / Security through Administration and Technology.


Reasons for Holding Stock / Cost of Holding Stock / Controlling and Reducing Stockholding Costs / Product Knowledge / Stock Rotation / Traceability

Stock Accuracy / Stock Recording

Necessity for Accuracy / Causes of Stock Errors / Getting Stock Accuracy / Receipts & Issues Procedures / Data Collection / Data Capture / Data Transfer / Bar Coding & RFID Systems.

Stores/Warehouse Planning and Design

Layout Planning / Receipts / Issues / Optimising the Efficiency of the Storage Area / Aisles Layout / Storage Equipment / Materials Handling Equipment / Equipment Selection.

Order Picking & Stock Issues

Stock Retrieval / Improving Speed & Accuracy / Order Picking Methods / Pre-Posting & Pre-Routing / Fixed, Random & Combined Stock Location Systems.

Measuring Performance

Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) / What Should be Measured? / Guidelines for the Development and Use of KPI’s / Example KPI’s.

Stock Control

ABC Analysis / Basic Concepts of Quantity and Time Based Systems / Min-Max Systems / Topping Up Systems / Re-Order Systems / MRP / JIT.


Purpose / Periodic Stocktaking or Cycle Stocktaking / Treatment of Discrepancies / Surplus, Obsolete and Redundant (‘SLOB’) Stock / Reducing ‘SLOB’ Stock.

Health, Safety & Environmental Issues

Basis in Law / Regulations / Codes of Practice / Guidance / Employers Responsibilities / Employees Responsibilities / COSHH / Training / Enforcement / Accident Reporting / Environmental Issues.

Case Studies & Team Exercises

Stores/Warehouse Layout / Security / Improving Picking/Stock Issues / Stocktaking / Receipt of Materials / Getting Stock Accuracy.

We provide training to large, medium and small organisations in both the public and private sector.

  • BAE Systems
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  • Eurotunnel
  • Nestle
  • Met Office
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