FIFO method and the clothing cycle

Today I want to tell you how to implement the 𝐅𝐈𝐅𝐎 method within the cycle of use of your hotel’s clothing.

The first thing I want to do is explain to you what the acronym 𝐅𝐈𝐅𝐎 means. It is very simple, it means 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐧 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐮𝐭. This method is used for stock rotation in warehouses. In other words, the first thing that enters your warehouse must be the first to leave. Pretty simple as you can see. This method ensures a good rotation of the stock.

If you are lucky enough to have enough stock of clothes, you will have noticed that sometimes the color or condition of the clothes is not the same even though they have the same time. This is due to the fact that part of your clothing stock is not moving as frequently, you have stock sitting on your shelves that does not come out of the use cycle process. In other words, when garments are placed on the shelves, their rotation is not taken into account.

The clothes, when left on the shelves, do not go through the processes of the use cycle, that is, their use and subsequent washing, drying and ironing, and therefore their wear is null compared to the rest of the garments that do go through said cycle. This leaves us with a disparity in the garments that, when used, mix with the rest of the garments and we can clearly observe the difference between them, which, aesthetically, does not look very good. Imagine a bed assembled perfectly and that the tonalities of the pillows are different or that you can perfectly observe the wear of the garment, would it be terrible, right?

Well, this happens because the 𝐅𝐈𝐅𝐎 method is not applied, that is, when the laundry delivers the washed garments, the storage process begins. In this process we must take into account that the garments that we already have stored on the shelves must go to the front and the clothes that have just arrived will be placed in the back. This guarantees us a total rotation of the stock since, when the clothes are removed from the shelves, we will be removing the clothes that arrived first and we will leave the last to arrive in them.

This is a process that we must do every time clothing enters all the stores where we have clothes, such as lingerie, offices and in all points where there is a large amount of clothing, such as in a spa or swimming pool and that we know can be stagnant and without movement.

Implementing the 𝐅𝐈𝐅𝐎 method in your stores is very easy and will allow you to have full control of the cycle of use of the garments in stock at all times. You will be guaranteeing the rotation and its cycle of use.

I recommend that when you implement the method, you train your entire team on how this method works, so you can guarantee its integration and consequent application. Of course, you can extrapolate this method to all the warehouses that you have in your department, especially those that may have perishables.


Sandra Martínez Starbuck – @sandramartinez.gobernanta

Housekeeping Expert


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