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MRO in the News Implementing an MRO solution the right way saves time and money Best Practices in Lift Truck Parts Management The state of Materials Handling Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) In-House or Contract Maintenance? Making the right decision. MRO Technician Spotlight: Andrew Collier, Papé Material Handling More MRO News Maximizing Warehouse Space Utilization with Vertical Storage Before you tear down walls to expand or sign a lease for an additional facility, be sure you’re maximizing the space you currently have. All Resources Darr Greenhalgh , senior manager of customer solutions at MSC Industrial Supply Co. Overhauling your indirect supply chain can provide significant savings, increase order visibility, reduce downtime and boost labor productivity. However, implementing a new maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) solution can seem daunting and risky. I know, because I’ve been brought into manufacturers after botched indirect supply chain overhauls and seen the aftermath firsthand: stockouts, service disruptions, lost efficiencies and more. A partnership with an integrated, broadline supplier is the critical first step, but all supply chain transformations carry some risk. The most successful manufacturers tap the expertise and resources of their supplier partner while maintaining control of the overall process. The following roadmap will help any manufacturer ensure a successful and profitable indirect supply chain implementation. Step 1: Ensure you have the right supplier The good news: Assuming you’ve selected an experienced, strategic supplier to partner with, that partner will take the lead in designing the new system and overseeing implementation. After all, the supplier doesn’t make money until the new system is up and running. Here’s what you should expect from your supplier before implementing the new MRO solution: A high-level design of the new indirect supply chain, including defined processes, equipment, resources, functional areas affected, business systems and solutions. A readiness […]
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