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Warehouse Operations should be a Strong Suit for Procurement Professionals

Why is it necessary for procurement professionals to have extensive knowledge of warehouse operations?

To be an effective supply chain leader, you'll want a mix of operational and technological skills. That's only possible if you have a solid conceptual knowledge of the supply chain operations framework.

Working inside the supply chain could be both intriguing and hard, and it necessitates strong mental and physical capabilities. In the supply chain, making decisions isn't always easy. To solve every day complex situations, you'll need to have a specialized set of qualities and an attitude.

Let's talk about the supply chain goal, which is to ensure a continuous flow of goods from raw materials collection to manufacturing to distribution to customers. When it comes to handling all of the circulating resources, warehousing is critical to the supply chain's efficiency.

To maintain the flow of goods and prevent interruptions, you must ensure a smooth transition of resources from procurement to raw materials warehouse, raw materials warehouse to production, production to finished goods warehouse, finished goods warehouse to distribution, and finally in transit to customers. Many variables might disrupt supply chain, causing final deliveries to be delayed. If you choose the wrong resources, overall value chain will cost a lot more.

At every point in supply chain, materials either arrive at a warehouse, were held inside a warehouse, or are issued by a warehouse, demonstrating the reliance on warehousing for cost-effective operations.

Let’s take the procurement department as an example. Every time you source something then good arrived in the warehouse.

Most procurement professionals are skilled throughout in forecasting, planning, sourcing, negotiation, and contract management, but they overlook the fact that after their procurement, the goods will arrive in the warehouse, which are then received, stored, and issued to support their core purpose, which is to support production planning and meet customer demand. This is the first major stage where disruptions in supply chain start by having variance and issues with quantities, quality, material handling, storage requirements, and safety. The procurement department must be well trained in warehousing and interact with the warehouse operations to ensure that the orders are received in the correct quantity, meet the quality standards, and are properly handled, stored, and issued.

This is only achievable if procurement professionals are well-versed in warehousing procedures.

It's similar to becoming an athlete. To progress and win, you must first train, then exhibit best performance while meeting all of the prerequisites.

Do you know that CSSC, Certified Stores and Stock Controller, is the world's first 100 percent Authentic, Practical Oriented approach certification program and it is designed to increase knowledge of the functions of the store and warehouse, and how stock is managed and moved into, through, and out of the warehouse, either to an internal customer or an external customer.

It also aids professionals in sharpening their knowledge of warehousing's function in customer service, the vital significance of risk and safety management and measures, and the selection of storage and handling equipment.

Visit the VCARE Academy website,, to discover more about the CSSC, Certified Stores and Stock Controller.

Presented By

Zeeshan Ilyas

Connecting, Innovating & Inspiring on a Global Level !

Startup Mentor & Supply Chain Coach

A successful career in supply chain necessitates a never-ending thirst for knowledge and the most up-to-date supply chain skills and knowledge. Even though continuing education and certification programs can take time and money, they help get your specialized knowledge or skills recognized.

When professionals have training that other professionals lack, it distinguishes them and sets them apart from the crowd. Certification and master classes show that the professionals are committed to learning, excelling, and using best practices.

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