At SDI, we truly believe that the supply chain works best when it all works together. And that includes our trusted supply partners. With a centralized model for efficiency, scalability and predictability, all of us at SDI take great pride in managing the MRO supply chain to support predictive and productive operations, for a more connected enterprise.
As part of our Enterprise MRO solution, SDI establishes procurement agreements with suppliers who, in turn, provide the materials and support services to help optimize our clients’ MRO supply chain. Because SDI operates throughout North America, including Mexico and Canada, we are able to leverage our client base to offer our suppliers volume incentives, with a single point of contact at SDI. This cuts down on the administrative costs, time and resources our suppliers would have to invest to manage multiple client accounts and ensure compliance. Additionally, SDI suppliers gain the benefit of our targeted client acquisition and retention strategies.
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