I recently had the opportunity to be part of the team that traveled to CARE Bangladesh. The purpose of the trip was to provide Aidmatrix Online Warehouse Management training for about 30 personnel involved with inventory management for their 18 warehouses. The training team consisted of Tracy Allardice and Robert Halder from CARE US, located in Atlanta, along with David Makepeace and myself from Aidmatrix.
The training was held at the CARE Bangladesh Country Office in Dhaka. The attendees had traveled from across the country to attend the 2 weeks of training. They had all brought their computers to use for the exercise sessions and to install the off-line version of the software. The training consisted of instructor lead sessions in the morning followed by individual practice exercises in the afternoon. We were quite lucky that Robert from CARE US was originally from Bangladesh and could help with the sometimes needed translations. Every morning and afternoon we had our tea break – always with a snack. It was fun experiencing some new food – like the interesting spicy (hot) breakfast pudding.
It was exciting observing the ‘students’ as they learned about the system and discussed how to best apply it for their operation. They were just starting phase two of a large USAID Title II Food for Peace program. The first shipments had arrived shortly before we arrived. At the end of the training, it was decided which 3 warehouses would be the pilot for the Online Warehouse Management. There were cheers when the first transaction was entered on the live production system.
I had been warned before going there that it was the most densely populated country in the world and that Dhaka was the most densely populated city in the world. I have to say, I hope that no other place is denser. Also, based on some the extreme poverty I saw, I am glad to know there are organizations like CARE out there to help the people. I am proud that Aidmatrix can play a role in helping with CARE’s food inventory management.
Shari Temple, Managing Director - Europe