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SDI is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Penn State’s Center for Supply Chain Research. From being involved in their Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest to acting as Program Director for their Supply Chain Leaders’ Forum, there is so much opportunity to learn and grow together.

CEO of SDI, Christopher Moore, commits to learning the countless connections to the MRO supply chain ecosystem from all different perspectives. Explore this new series, Partner Perspective, in which he interviews a multitude of industry experts and gains valuable insights.

In today’s competitive global marketplace, leading manufacturers are finding more and more that they must address and optimize their MRO supply chain in order to minimize their risk exposure and better compete. MRO is critical to the success of manufacturing – not just the MRO supply, but the processes behind that supply as well. In an ever-changing business environment, these distributors have been shifting their focus towards eProcurement in order to survive and thrive - while the smaller suppliers struggle to adapt.

Disruption is underway, and many manufacturers are moving beyond their traditional views to redefine their value and reshape their businesses. 

At SDI, our supplier partners are part of the MRO supply chain ecosystem that delivers maximum value to our clients. Read about the importance of supplier relationship management and how to break it down into five primary tasks. 

The last installment in this series by Spend Matters, talks about how the next generation of supply chains will be MRO-powered.

In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

In the second installment in this series by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux dive into some details about the potential value of the MRO As-a-Service model.

Spend Matters recently wrote about why procurement organizations should take a fresh look at their MRO and be more strategic, rather than just reducing supply chains down to a reductionist spend taxonomy.

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.