A simple definition of a warehouse is:‘A warehouse is a planned space for the storage and handling of goods and material.’ (Fritz Institute)In general, warehouses are focal points for product and information flow between sources of supply and beneficiaries.
Procedures should be considered as streamlining the business processes and providing checks and balances.
Inventory represents a large cost to the humanitarian supply chain.
This is made up of the cost of the inventory itself, plus the cost of transporting the goods, cost of managing the goods (labor, fumigation, repackaging, etc) and keeping the goods in warehouses.
The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) Network. They may be housed in a buildings which was not designed to be used as a warehouse, in a temporary building/structures, and are often in mobile units (rub halls, Wiikhalls) that are little more than a tent in a field.
The initial staff may be a casual workforce that has never worked in a warehouse before and the inventory system is more likely to be paper based.