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BSSC | Basics of Stores and Stock Control

BSSC | Basics of Stores and Stock Control


The importance of the storekeeping function is often overlooked. This seems incomprehensible when you consider the value of stock this function is responsible for. This course is targeted at all stores personnel, including the store man and all first-line supervisors. Other major users of the stores function also gain specific benefit from attending this course.
The aim is to introduce candidates to the concepts of stock control and to develop stores control personnel who are able to accept responsibility through the understanding of the requirements of their function.


    Purpose of the Course
    This course introduces the student to the Basics of Stores
    and Stock Control, and is a basic course promoting
    stores efficiency and sound management practices. It also
    forms the basis for higher level courses offering advanced learning in this field.


    Benefits of the Course 

    The course will meet the needs of persons in the Stores, Warehouse and or Materials Management environment needing an introductory and

    Benefits of the Coursegeneral overview of stores and warehouse operations. It is also suitable for personnel at a supervisory or junior management position, who need to expand their general understanding of stores and warehouse operations.
    The course also acts as an introduction to more advanced studies given the broad scope of its content.


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    Delegates must satisfy the listed minimum requirement for the course to be cost-effective is at a Basic literacy at ABET Level 4.
    Potential candidates should preferably have at least a minimum of 2 years related working experience either in a warehouse or stores environment or at least in industry.


    Aims and Objectives

    • The primary aim of this program is to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to perform in one of the many disciplines associated with production and inventory management such as planning, inventory control, warehouse management, materials planning, and quality control.
    • A further aim of the program is to provide learners who are specializing in one area of production and inventory management with an insight into the many disciplines they come into contact with on a day-to-day basis – including suppliers and customers.
    • The primary objective of the program is to broaden the learner’s exposure to the many business functions that go into making up the field of production and inventory management.



    • Resource Management
    • Product Development and Process Design
    • Forecasting and Demand Management
    • Master Planning of Resources
    • Materials Planning
    • Capacity Planning
    • Executing Push/pull Systems
    • Lean Manufacturing
    • Purchasing and Procurement
    • Inventory Fundamentals, methodologies & Techniques
    • Total Quality Management
    • Statistical Quality Control
    • Warehousing and Materials Handling
    • Distribution Management
    • Facilities Location and Transportation

    Session One – Resource Planning

    Outcomes, Introduction, Long-Range Planning, Medium-Range Planning, Short-Range Planning, Product and Process Strategies, Alternate Plant Layouts, Summary


    Session Two – Product Development and Process Design

    Outcomes, Introduction, The Product, Production Decisions, Product Management, Product Design, Product Life Cycle, Computers in Product Development, Process Design, Choice of Production Method, Ergonomics and Work Study, Summary


    Session Three – Forecasting and Demand Management

    Outcomes, Introduction, What Is a Forecast?, Data Collection and Accuracy, Forecasting Techniques, Quantitative Forecasting Methods, Mean, Median and Mode, Time-Series Forecasting Models, Forecast Error, Safety Stock and Forecast Uncertainty, Summary.


    Session Four – Master Planning of Resources

    Outcomes, Introduction, The Production Plan, Developing the Production Plan, Master Production Schedule [MPS], Developing the MPS, Rough-Cut Capacity Planning [RCCP], Performance Measurement, Rules for Successful Master Scheduling, Summary


    Session Five – Materials Planning

    Outcomes, Introduction, Objectives of Materials Planning, Dependent vs Independent Demand, Inputs to Materials Planning, The MRP Grid, Materials Planning Outputs, Users and Uses of the Bills Of Material, Performance Measures, Summary


    Session Six – Capacity Planning

    Outcomes, Introduction, The Capacity Planning Process, Key Definitions, Measures of Capacity, Inputs to Capacity Planning, The Capacity Processing Logic, Outputs From Capacity Planning, Input/Output Control, Performance Measures, Summary


    Session Seven – Executing Push Systems

    Outcomes, Introduction, Loading the Factory, Controlling Movement Through the Factory, Managing Push Systems, Authorizing Push Activities, Documentation, Executing Push Activities, Priority Rules, Bottleneck Management, Input/Output Control, Data Collection Techniques, Summary


    Session Eight – Executing Pull Systems

    Outcomes, Introduction, Production Pull Systems, Pull System Characteristics, Kanbans, Line Balancing, Executing Pull Activities, Reporting Pull Activities, Synchronous Manufacturing, Agile Manufacturing, Summary


    Session Nine – Mid Term Exam


    Session Ten – Lean Manufacturing

    Outcomes, Introduction, Lean Manufacturing, 5S Methodology, Theory of Constraints [TOC], TOC and Distribution Management, TOC and Suppliers, TOC and the Team, Advance Planning Systems [APS], Summary


    Session Eleven – Purchasing and Procurement

    Outcomes, Introduction, Objectives of Purchasing, Market Research in Procurement, Selecting Suppliers, The Purchasing Specification, Value Engineering and Value Analysis, The Purchasing Cycle, BEE in Procurement, Stock Pricing and Valuation, Summary


    Session Twelve – Inventory Fundamentals

    Outcomes, Introduction, What is Inventory? Types and Functions of Inventory, Inventory Sub Categories, Inventory Costs, Inventory and Customer Service, Safety Stock Inventory, ABC Classification of Inventory, Control of Inventory, Inventory Performance Measures, Summary


    Session Thirteen – Inventory Methodologies and Techniques

    Outcomes, Introduction, When to Order, “How Often” to Order, Order Review Methodologies, Order Quantity Constraints and Modifiers, Lot Sizing Techniques, Quantity Discounts, Summary


    Fourteen – Total Quality Management

    Outcomes, Introduction, Defining Quality, Design and Conformance, The Quality Gurus, Four Absolutes of Quality, Total Quality Management, Responsibility for Quality, Quality Costs, Inspection, Quality Training, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Summary


    Fifteen – Statistical Quality Control

    Outcomes, Introduction, Quality Tools, The “Normal” Distribution, Control Charts, Interpretation of Control Charts, Process Capability, Acceptance Sampling, Sampling Plans, Summary


    Sixteen – Warehousing and Materials Handling
    Outcomes, Introduction, Space Requirements, Warehouse Productivity, Storage Methods, Storage Equipment, Order Picking Systems, Materials Handling, Classification of Equipment, Docking Aids, Summary


    Seventeen – Distribution Management
    Outcomes, Introduction, Distribution Networks, Activities of Physical Distribution, Distribution Centre Management, Distribution Requirements Planning, DRP], Ordering Models, Managing Day-to-Day Variations, Summary


    Session Eighteen – Facilities Location and Transportation
    Outcomes, Introduction, Facility Location, Site Selection, Transportation, Designing the Transportation System, Freight Management, Modes of Transport, Containerization, Packaging and Labelling, Summary


    Session Nineteen – Final Exam


    There are no formal entry requirements for this program. However, it is strongly recommended that learners intending to take this program have a Grade 12 Certificate and have completed the BMOM (Basics of Manufacturing and Operations Management), or have 2 – 3 years’ relevant working experience.

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