Supply Chain Management Services
Changing Class "C" Components Suppliers Shouldn't be a Hassle
Managing your class "c" components can be a royal pain. You have thousands, maybe tens of thousands of screws and nuts and bolts that cost maybe a penny or two apiece. It's a headache to manage all that yourself. It's an even a bigger headache if you have a vendor managed inventory operation that you know deep down inside isn't up to the task.
The problem is, change is tough.
Even though you know there's got to be a better way, you may feel that change disrupts everything. It will cause you to go through a ton of tasks to change a long-time fastener supplier. It's just not worth it.
There's the 8,000 parts numbers that have to be re-quoted, logistics to be revamped, inspections done differently, and on and on and on. It's just easier to stay with the status quo than make a change.
Unless. Unless you know how much easier your job will be after a change is made.
Here's the good news. By working with the right class "c" supplier, all of the roadblocks that have kept you from making a switch can be overcome quite easily.
Step one is talking with a supply chain management company that will take the time to come out and talk to you about your situation. On their dime. You want your supplier to find out what your concerns are. What the marketplace has to offer but you're not getting. What is keeping you awake at night.
Letters and emails can provide the cold facts. But meeting in person is absolutely, positively the best way to find a class "c" components supplier who will remove, not add to your problems.
Only after a competent supplier has taken the time to get to know you and your situation should any recommendations be made. They should be backed by testimonials. You should be given a list of people to call who had the same issues as you. You'd be surprised at how open people can be when asked their opinion.
No advertising in the world is as good as a reference from someone who was once in the same situation as you, then found a better way.
So, instead of staying stuck with the wrong vendor, try this:
Contact a class "c" components supply-chain company such as ASF Components.
Tell them you'd like them to come to your plant to learn more about your situation and what they can do to make it better.
Get testimonials. Get references. Then call them.
The right supplier will make sure the switch is hassle-free. It's your move.