Thanks for that feedback, Dave.
As may be well known (in some quarters, at least), my system allows the user to set up his (her) own field labels (Stock Room, Location ... or Store?), as it strives to be universally applicable.
But (in general) Store->Row->Rack->Shelf->Bin has always worked well enough. For me, at least.
Regarding your second point:- yes, easy enough when we are talking about a single tech (eg,
myself, in my preferred mode of working) ... but, when others are involved - that's where "leadership" comes into play. Threats, appeals, cajoling, cussing ... whatever it takes!
When I'm in charge (and I'm not, these days), I have found that in cases of "poor" accountability (husbandry, whatever) in terms of parts usage, tools and test equipment held against signature, etc.
- hitting guys in the pocket
usually gets them to ... er, buck up a bit!
But having someone independently carry out a rolling or periodic physical stock-take helps. One metaphor that I use is to have folk imagine piles of twenty pound (dollars, Dong ... whatever) notes piled up in those stock bins (and then imagining those same amounts deducted from their wage packets).
On a personal note, these last seven years has seen me having to, shall we say, "fit in" with the policies and procedures (if, indeed, such grand terminology can be applied without blushes) of others. In terms of stock control (let's concentrate on that) these have ranged from Poor to ... umm, Pathetic.
To be honest (and as others in similar circumstances must have found), it has not been easy to regress into "systems" far worse than those I was using twenty-odd years ago! The "answer" here, I have found, is to make an attempt to win over co-workers (and, yes, that has failed, by and large, in every case) and then to (shrug, and) simply carry on, working as far as possible within my own little bubble, making improvements as I go along, as time allows. What happens when I leave? Frankly, should I care?