People make all the difference…

People, Inventory Barcoding and Processes


In this interview series, Inventory Matters,  we will be speaking with industry leaders to gain their insight into improving inventory management in the oil and gas vertical.

Interview #2 with Patrick Guicheney

Interview Body

  1. Question: What is the best advice you have received in your career in the oilfield?
  2. Question: What do materials coordinators do well?
  3. Question: What could materials coordinators do better?
  4. Question: What is the first thing you do when you step inside a warehouse on one of your rigs?
  5. Question: How important is inventory management offshore?
  6. Question: What training is needed most for the materials staff in our industry?
  1. Question: What technology should be utilized in your opinion to improve inventory management in the oil and gas industry?
  1. Question: What is the best oilfield story you have ever heard?
  1. Question: What is the worst situation you have seen related to inventory management in the oil and gas industry and how could it have been averted?

Interview Takeaways

Takeaway #1: Companies must decide if they expect the materials staff to be inventory managers or just clerks who do as they are told. The true value comes from training, empowering and holding materials staff accountable for inventory results. 

Takeaway #2: The key is to find a balance between dollars invested in inventory and having the right parts available when needed. 


Takeaway #3: Barcoding and RFID are proven technologies that must be implemented in the oil and gas vertical to create an efficient and accurate inventory that supports the assets with the lowest capital investment

What other issues do you see in the industry related to inventory management? 

Read our other posts or contact us for more ways to improve inventory management at your company. 



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Interviewee: Patrick Guicheney


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