Organizing your parts inventory in your shop, building or warehouse is difficult whether it’s a few pieces or a few thousand parts. Start by thinking about what it’s going to take to find that part later on. Have an area set aside for just parts, arrange it in categories and decide if shelves, wall hooks or a combination will work best. Because none of us are getting any younger and the numbers on the boxes seem to be getting smaller and smaller, we try to use the bottom shelf for only large boxes or over-stock items. How’s the lighting in that area? Hopefully no flashlight needed. There’s nothing more annoying than ordering a part and then finding you had one in a corner later on. So keep them close and easy to find to save money and time.

Ken Marlar
Sterling Engine Parts
Minneapolis, MN
July, 2014