Sunday, 24 November 2013

10:36 – I’d thought we had enough kits on hand to cover us through the end of the month, but we’re now down to five each of our flagship chemistry and biology kits. Those might last through the end of the month, but it’s also possible they could all disappear tomorrow. So we decided to do short runs of kits just to get our finished goods inventory up to more comfortable levels. We built a dozen biology kits yesterday, everything but the tubes. Because, as I discovered, I’d forgotten to order more tubes. So we decided to leave the dozen biology kits tube-less, along with the dozen chemistry kits we’ll build next. That way, we can allocate our inadequate supply of tubes to biology kits or chemistry kits, as the need arises.

I just cut a PO for cases of test tubes, 15 mL centrifuge tubes, and 50 mL centrifuge tubes, all of which we use in all of our kits. Fortunately, our usual vendor for these generally has them in stock and ships quickly, so we should have them by the end of the week. What annoys me is that the last time we built major batches of kits, I made a mental note to order these things and then promptly forgot to do it.