In an industrial or industry context, a "store" typically refers to a place or facility where materials, supplies, or equipment are kept for later use. Stores are used in a wide variety of industries and applications, including manufacturing, construction, mining, and many others.
Examples of stores used in different industries include:
- Manufacturing: A raw materials store is used to store raw materials such as metals, plastics, and chemicals before they are used in manufacturing processes.
- Construction: A tool store is used to store tools and equipment such as hammers, saws, and power tools before they are used on a construction site.
- Mining: A spare parts store is used to store spare parts for mining equipment such as trucks, excavators, and drilling rigs.
- Retail: A store is used to store goods before they are sold to customers.
- Pharmaceutical industry: A store room is used to store raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.
- Food industry: A store is used to store ingredients, raw materials, and finished products before they are used or shipped.
- Logistics: A warehouse is used to store goods before they are shipped to retailers or customers.
Industrial stores can be either a physical facility or a computerized system, where information related to the materials, supplies, or equipment is kept track of. Industrial stores can also refer to inventory management systems in which the flow of materials and products is tracked and managed.