Effect of Material Handling Practices on Supply Chain Efficiency of Flour Processing Firms in Eldoret

  • Naomi Jebet Rono Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Enock Gideon Musau Kisii University

Abstract

The storage of goods and distributions from the same warehouses are done haphazardly that is without any order, theft cases have been on the rise giving a compromise on the general ethics of workers. The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of material handling practices on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret .The study was guided by the following theories; Queuing theory, Agency cost theory, Reinforcement theory and Lean theory. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The study was based on flour processing firms in Eldoret town, in Uasin Gishu County. The target population of this study comprised of the branch managers, store clerks, procurement staff, finance staff and logistics staff of the flour processing firms in Eldoret.  The overall accessible population for the study was 77 employees from the selected flour processing firms in Eldoret. The study collected quantitative data and therefore quantitative analysis was adopted to achieve the objectives of the study. The data collection instrument was the questionnaire.  The study conducted pilot study at Kitale millers processing firm in Kitale. The study found reliability of the instrument of 0.802 which was reliable for the study. The study found out that materials handling practices (β1 = 0.319, p<0.05), have positive and statically significant effect on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret town Kenya. The study found a positive influence of material handling practices on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret, Kenya. Material handling is an indispensable element in most production and distribution systems and has adverse effects on performance of organizations. Mechanical devices and machines are necessary for many material handling operations. The study recommends for the enhancement stock control and the workforce needs external guidance with regard to stock control

Key Words: Material Handling Practices, Supply Chain Efficiency& Flour Processing Firms

The storage of goods and distributions from the same warehouses are done haphazardly that is without any order, theft cases have been on the rise giving a compromise on the general ethics of workers. The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of material handling practices on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret .The study was guided by the following theories; Queuing theory, Agency cost theory, Reinforcement theory and Lean theory. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The study was based on flour processing firms in Eldoret town, in Uasin Gishu County. The target population of this study comprised of the branch managers, store clerks, procurement staff, finance staff and logistics staff of the flour processing firms in Eldoret.  The overall accessible population for the study was 77 employees from the selected flour processing firms in Eldoret. The study collected quantitative data and therefore quantitative analysis was adopted to achieve the objectives of the study. The data collection instrument was the questionnaire.  The study conducted pilot study at Kitale millers processing firm in Kitale. The study found reliability of the instrument of 0.802 which was reliable for the study. The study found out that materials handling practices (β1 = 0.319, p<0.05), have positive and statically significant effect on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret town Kenya. The study found a positive influence of material handling practices on supply chain efficiency of flour processing firms in Eldoret, Kenya. Material handling is an indispensable element in most production and distribution systems and has adverse effects on performance of organizations. Mechanical devices and machines are necessary for many material handling operations. The study recommends for the enhancement stock control and the workforce needs external guidance with regard to stock control

Key Words: Material Handling Practices, Supply Chain Efficiency& Flour Processing Firms

Author Biographies

Naomi Jebet Rono, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

School of Entrepreneurship, Procurement and Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Enock Gideon Musau, Kisii University

Lecturer, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Science, Kisii University, Kenya

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Published
2020-11-14
How to Cite
Rono, N. J., & Musau, E. G. (2020). Effect of Material Handling Practices on Supply Chain Efficiency of Flour Processing Firms in Eldoret. Journal of Procurement & Supply Chain, 4(1), 69 - 80. Retrieved from https://stratfordjournals.org/journals/index.php/journal-of-procurement-supply/article/view/612
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