TheASA Education Foundationintroduced itsEssentials of Profitable Warehouse Operationscertificate course to ASA members through a series of one-day seminars. Through collaboration with ASA regional affiliates NCWA and MwDA, courses were held in Findlay, OH; Bloomington, MN and Downers Grove, IL.
Jason Baderof The Distribution Team Inc. led each seminar. After collecting a list of major warehouse concerns from the participants, Bader acknowledged that the biggest issues were inventory controls, working with short staff and communication with sales. He led the groups through a program of instruction, discussions and exercises that summarized the highlights of the nine-chapter course.
The theme of valuing inventory as if it were stacks of cash was reiterated throughout the day. Ideas like closely managing who you let near the stacks of cash, using HITS reports to find profit opportunities, maintaining a 15-ft. radius of tight security around every exit, increasing the accuracy of cycle counting and not turning the picking process into a scavenger hunt were explored.
Former ASA President,Jeff New, commented, “As a board member of NCWA, I was pleased to see a large crowd [in Ohio], the audience included employees from all levels, a variety of companies, a wide geographic section and even a few reps. This program truly provides value for a distributor.”
Over the next several weeks, seminar participants will complete reading the course’s nine chapters, answer the end-of-chapter quizzes and prepare to take the online exam to earn their certificate of completion.
For more information about theEssentials of Profitable Warehouse Operationscertificate course and how it can be used to help the profitability of your own operations, contact Paul Martin at 312-464-0090 ext. 205 firstname.lastname@example.org.