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A singular MRO focus – no distractions.

The procurement of indirect materials at the site level continues to frustrate many companies. Managing real end-to-end PO costs, millions of SKUs, a fragmented supply base, obsolete inventories, fear of disruption – managing the entire MRO process can seem daunting. Which is why SDI does nothing but focus on MRO to synchronize and optimize every aspect of the supply chain. We’re not here to sell parts; we’re here to manage the MRO supply chain. We’re entirely supplier-agnostic. And our dedicated team of seasoned MRO experts have the real-world experience to turn procurement challenges into procurement successes.

The power to simplify.

SDI’s centralized approach to procurement starts with Data Management and Strategic Sourcing, where we leverage our spend to buy smarter, and manage that spend across thousands of suppliers. For this step alone, we invest heavily in full-time strategic sourcing pros and experienced buyers who bring years of industry know-how to your specific challenge. Automatically, your procurement feels less daunting – and much more manageable.

Welcome to ‘the perfect buy’.

In part because of our Six Sigma discipline and Best-in-Class program, SDI brings an almost obsessive attention to the procurement process. We work hard to handle every transaction with white gloves – and extract every ounce of value from each buying commitment. We call it ‘the perfect buy,’ because the care and attention that go into our transactions are a direct reflection of our reputation – when our goal is perfection, you win every time.

Turning 6,000 suppliers into one.

Typically, procurement is spread out over thousands of local suppliers – each requiring separate invoices and individual management. Thanks to SDI’s centralized model, we can manage any number of suppliers across any geography within any industry. We currently manage 6,000+ suppliers and 1.5 million SKUs on behalf of our clients. Work with SDI and you have one single consolidated invoice – and one point of contact for any issues that arise.

Your maverick spend days are over.

With an SDI procurement strategy in place, compliance replaces rogue spending. Almost immediately, you’ll experience newfound visibility, accountability and continuity of supply. And of course, the cost savings are there because the strategy and the means to execute are in place.

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 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).

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.

Meet our experts

Take strategic sourcing and mix it with operations in addition to organizational management and throw in 25 years of experience, including leading IBM’s procurement teams, and you’ll find Kurt Meiers.