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Predictive MRO Inventory Management

The system is proprietary. The results are revolutionary.

The tighter your MRO inventory management, the smoother your overall MRO program – inventory control is the backbone of an efficient operation. Forecasting for MRO requires more than simple min/max ordering methods to account for the dynamic nature of your business. We’ve learned this from decades of MRO supply chain management, so we’ve developed a solution…

SDI’s own MRO inventory management system – SDiMS.

The SDI Inventory Management System (SDiMS) is a core component of our SDiExchange solution, developed expressly for MRO inventory, that combines technology, intellectual capital and management expertise to achieve optimum customer inventory levels while minimizing obsolete inventories. Translation:  the lowest possible cost of ownership for MRO.

How our MRO inventory management works.

Using historical data on daily usage and transactions, we develop a replenishment forecast that identifies what items and quantities to order that will reduce total inventory, increase service levels, and lower transportation and receiving costs. Our statistical modeling system draws from 32 different algorithms to apply the best model (i.e. moving average, seasonal trend, low volume) to predict demand.

SDiMS by the numbers.

The results continue to impress. SDiMS drives inventories to optimal levels without affecting service levels. Using SDiMS, our clients have reduced inventories by 20-40% while increasing service levels to 98% or above. Smaller, more efficient inventories mean savings via reduced administration and carrying costs – while increased service levels mean improved productivity.

Future protection is built in.

In addition to lowering active inventory levels, SDI can reduce future build-ups. Our MRO inventory management system alerts inventory managers to opportunities for reducing excess build-up by quickly identifying parts that have significantly reduced usage, eliminating the growth of obsolete inventory. Plus, over-utilized parts are identified to enable a root cause analysis that will determine if a machine needs maintenance or an employee needs training to relieve the consumption.

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

SDI at Work

In a highly fragmented supply environment such as MRO, supplier selection is not always approached holistically. Pausing to consider these three key areas will go a long way towards connecting your procurement to your overall business objectives. 

Employee Spotlight

With almost 20 years in Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Payroll, Jill is a prime example of how SDI stays connected, not only to our clients, but with each other throughout our North American operations.