Design and implementation of an automated inventory control system for a manufacturing organization
An inventory control system contains a list of orders to be filled and then prompts workers to pick the necessary items, and provides them with packaging and shaping information, inventory control may be used to automate a sales order fulfillment process and also manage in and outward material of hardware. Automation is the replacement of human workers by technology. For optional sales and inventory management process, robust functionality is needed for managing logistic facilities. Ware house management functions for inventory control cover internal ware house movements and storage and its support helps in the recording and tracking of materials on basis of both quantity and value. This application takes care of all supply orders reducing cost for warehousing, transportation while improving customer service. It significantly improves inventory turns, optimizes flow of goods and shortens routes within warehouse and distribution centres. it also improves cash flow, visibility and decision making providing efficient execution of task using this fast and reliable computerised method.
1.1 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The Petroleum Equalisation Fund Management Board is a scheduled Parastatal of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources ,established by Decree No.9 of 1975 (as amended by Decree No. 32 of 1989 ), mainly to administer Uniform Prices of Petroleum products through out the country . This is achieved by reimbursing a marketer’s transportation differentials for petroleum products movement from depots to their sales outlets (filling station), in order to ensure that products are sold at uniform pump price throughout the country. The source of the Fund is from principally the net surplus revenue recovered from Oil Marketing Companies. It has an Operational Office in Lagos, five (5) Zonal Offices as well as twenty-two (22) Depot Offices located at the 21 NNPC Depots and Marketers’ storage facilities at Apapa and Ibafon. It is headed by the Executive Secretary who is the Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for the day to day operations of the fund. In 1979, Government, conscious of the fact that petroleum products supply did not reach the remotest parts of the country encouraged Major Marketers to open filling stations in those areas.
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