The Windshield Wiper Conundrum:
Unmasking the Hidden Secrets of MRO Inventory

In our ongoing exploration of MRO inventory management, let’s delve deeper into a scenario that’s alarmingly common yet strikingly revealing.

Imagine navigating through your inventory data with limited visibility, equipped only with basic descriptions and OEM names. It’s like wandering through the Forbidden Forest with just a flickering wand light – there’s more out there, but it’s shrouded in darkness.

Consider the intriguing case of the almost $700 windshield wiper. During an inventory count and data collection exercise for an offshore drilling client, our inventory SME, aided by our data collection technology, discovered a windshield wiper, listed under a well-known oil and gas manufacturer, priced at an astonishing $700 USD. However, our combined expertise and technology revealed a startling fact: these were standard Rain-X wipers, available on Amazon for about $40 USD.
The Windshield Wiper Conundrum Unmasking the Hidden Secrets of MRO Inventory

Example of Limited MRO Inventory Data:

Example of Limited MRO Inventory Data

With this kind of limited information in the system, what can technology or a buyer realistically do? The information provided is so sparse that it restricts the ability to make informed decisions or seek competitive pricing. In many cases, such items are treated as sole-sourced due to the lack of detailed information, leading to no option but to go back to the specified OEM, often at inflated prices. Now, imagine what complete data would mean for your entire MRO inventory. How much money is being wasted now due to these informational voids? 

This scenario is more than just an eye-opener about price disparities; it exemplifies how limited information can lead to unnecessarily high spending and increased supply cycle times. When data is scant, companies tend to over-rely on equipment OEMs, who themselves need to procure from the actual part manufacturers. This not only extends the supply chain but also adds layers of cost. 

The Windshield Wiper Conundrum Unmasking the Hidden Secrets of MRO Inventory

How do we break this enchantment of obscured data and elongated supply cycles? The antidote is capturing accurate manufacturer data at the point of receipt or during physical inventory counts. By leveraging technology, every detail is meticulously recorded and correctly attributed.

The implications of this strategy are far-reaching. Beyond a single item, imagine the cost savings and supply chain efficiencies that could be unlocked across the entire inventory. By illuminating the true manufacturers and costs, companies can break free from the spell of OEM dependency, paving the way for more competitive procurement and reduced supply cycle times.

In conclusion, as we continue our journey through the complexities of MRO inventory management, let’s not underestimate the power of comprehensive and accurate data. It’s not just about identifying what we have; it’s about fully understanding each item’s origin and value. In the wizarding world of inventory management, the real magic lies in uncovering the hidden truths that lie beneath the surface.

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