Category Archives: Supply Chain

How Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Can Improve Productivity & Efficiency

vendor managed inventory

In today's business world, most of us are doing several jobs at once. Proper management of inventory in a storeroom can tax even the most skilled managers—and data overload is a common issue. These daily issues led to the concept of Vendor Managed Inventory, also... Read More

Supplier Overview: CribMaster

CribMaster Industrial Vending Solutions Spread out your single point of storage to your point of use Reducing walk time leads to greater productivity. To minimize trips to the tool crib, CribMaster introduced its first line-side vending machine for industrial use in 1998. Today, we continue... Read More

Nationwide MRO Supply Contracts—with High-Quality Local Service

Difficulty Managing 100’s of Suppliers? Managing maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies can be a challenge.  There are millions of products, thousands of manufacturers, and hundreds of suppliers at both the corporate and plant levels. National Purchasing + Local Servicing IBT Industrial Solutions offers national capabilities for all your MRO product needs, utilizing trusted local distributors—under a partnership with supplyFORCE. This... Read More

Unilever Saves Money with Improved Inventory Control

Ten years ago, Unilever managed the storeroom at its Independence, Missouri location the way most companies do—with onsite employees. "That worked fine at the time," said Alvin Franks, TPM/Maintenance Manager for Unilever in Independence. "But as we analyzed our processes, we realized we needed help."... Read More

How An eProcurement Solution Saved Leggett & Platt Time-and Money

When Kent Pratt wanted to make his purchasing process easier, he turned to IBT’s eProcurement Solution. "IBT has always been very professional, very friendly—they do what they say they'll do," said Pratt, the Procurement Director of the U.S. Spring Division of Leggett & Platt, Inc. "That's... Read More

Inside the System

Predictive maintenance believes that it is smart to fix something before it breaks. Smart management calculates and estimates when the optimum time for that fix is. So, in the properly managed system, outages and downtimes are proactively planned and executed accordingly. Under this system, production... Read More

ISG: Is It Right For Your Company?

IBT's Integrated Services Group (ISG) has been successful at helping a number of organizations gain control of their supply chain and MRO processes. As the ISG team has progressed, they have developed a number of tell-tale signs that a company is likely to benefit from... Read More

Why Automate?

For manufacturing executives, improvement of the process and productivity is a constant goal. To get more - better, faster, cheaper - is to help the organization's key measure: the bottom line. There are various ways to improve productivity: getting more output from the same input... Read More

Asset Recovery Time

What do you see when you look at the inventory you have in your store room? Do you see dollars that are committed to maintenance inventory that you wish you could reallocate to another need in your plant? Do you have a good system in... Read More

New Extreme Makeover: Store Room Edition

ABC's popular "Extreme Makeover" TV series often details the journey from hopelessness to a beyond-your-wildest-dreams conclusion. IBT's Integrated Services Group (ISG) has a similar process pointed at store room makeovers and have seen many supply chain success stories during the past few years. In a... Read More

All That Stuff Is Money

It may look like junk, but that doesn't mean it's worthless. IBT's Integrated Services Group (ISG) might be able to do you some good in converting surplus MRO goods into something of value. There are places where people are very eager to pay a decent... Read More

Getting It Done for Doane Pet Care Company

In America, we love our pets. That's why we share our lives with more than 58 million dogs and 71 million cats. In fact, forty percent of the households that have pets own both a cat and a dog. Cat lovers, in particular, are highly... Read More

Warehouse Technology

The Art and Science of Keeping Track Much discussion was held, several years ago, over the Japanese innovation of "kan-ban" - or just in time. The logic of JIT is simple - and understandable: when you need something - a part, component, sub-assembly - just... Read More

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