The kit’s role in relief
Disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations large often produce kits that they distribute. These kits provide critical supplies neatly packaged together for a variety of purposes such as hygiene, shelter, first-aid, agriculture, etc.
However, assembling and shipping thousands of relief kits is a logistical challenge due to the business practices of non-profits. They rely on volunteer labor and a mix of donated and purchased materials to produce the kits they ship.
The benefits of kitting
There are many reason why delivering relief supplies in the form of kits is desirable. They’re space efficient, act as a quality control mechanism and can be distributed as is. Kitting also consolidates all non-value adding activities into one step of the disaster relief supply chain allowing for easier management.
Humanitarian Software has a dedicated module for managing the inventory side of kitting operations. This allows easy access to information in your system that is relevant to the kit you want to build and simplifies the tracking and building of kits.
Knowing what’s in stock and what isn’t
Since organizations often rely on volunteer labor it’s important to maximize the number of kits produced, often supplementing current inventory with purchases. Keeping track of these is not a part of most commercial inventory systems and complicates the operation. HELM’s kitting module provides a dedicated interface for managing the production of kits.
Component Level Tracking
Once created kits created can be tracked as an individual component. This allows tracking of expiration dates, and facilitates re-purposing of already created kits as well as reporting on kitting operations.
Kit templates can be created based on items stored in HELM allowing administrators to view how many kits they can produce with given inventory levels. and allows easy labeling of produced kits when purchase shipping.