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SRU IMPLEMENTS ‘STOCKLESS CUSTODIAL
SUPPLY CHAIN’ PLAN
THAT SAVES LABOR, TIME AND MONEY –
AND WINS NATIONAL AWARD
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Thinking outside the box to save money
and labor has earned Slippery Rock University’s facilities
and planning operation an “Effective and Innovative Practices
Award” from the Association of Higher Education Facilities
Officers and coverage in the organization’s September/October
“Facilities Manager” magazine.
The award includes a
$4,000 prize presented by the APPA at its Leadership Awards Program
in Nashville over the summer.
“Facilities Manager” article, written by Michael
Kukawa, SRU’s director of campus services, outlines the
university’s recently implemented “Stockless Custodial
Supply Chain” plan.
is an outstanding award for an outstanding project,” says Dr.
Charles Curry, vice president of finance and administrative
affairs, who oversees the facilities and planning operation. He
adds, “Our staff devised the plan, looked at all of the
criteria necessary to make it work and reviewed the potential cost
savings in both time and labor before approving its final
implementation. This is a system that is working and deserves the
accolades it has received.”
explains the new system relies on a single custodial supply vendor
to provide all required supplies for the entire campus. Under the
program, the university standardized the products necessary for
maintaining university buildings and reduced annual expenditures by
more than $13,000 in the process. The process also reduced
paperwork and processing from 43 steps to a simple seven, involving
only one university department.
an added benefit, we were able to free 1,500 square feet of
warehouse space previously used to stock our custodial
supplies,” Kukawa explains. The new process eliminates the
need to keep a high inventory, thus making good on the
“stockless” portion of the plan. He credits his staff,
including Lisa Shea, Barb Bovard, Linda Barnes and Gene Newburn
with helping quickly implement the new system.
new system places responsibility for keeping adequate supplies on
hand on the vendor which provides campus delivery on a bi-weekly
basis. The university had previously relied on 10 separate vendors
for custodial supplies, and required university workers to pick
items from inventory, then deliver them to appropriate
plan covers everything from mops, brooms and buckets, to cleaners,
paper towels, gloves, soap and trash can liners.
explains that the system is quite workable, but as with any new
process requires time and commitment to putting it into practice.
He says similar systems can be applied at other universities or
businesses with multiple buildings or facilities.
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