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Indirect Materials Procurement

An analytics-driven approach allows greater visibility into the MRO supply chain, getting more spend under contract through category expertise, and driving compliance to negotiated contracts through a hybrid center-led and on-premise process that implements improvements to realize identified savings.

Center-led Procurement.

Our hybrid model lets us leverage our entire portfolio for more streamlined, efficient and scalable MRO and tail spend procurement processes. In our Procurement group, coupled with a focus on compliance to pre-determined sourcing strategies, our buyers' deep category and industry knowledge helps ensure accuracy and the most efficient outcomes – another set of expert eyes. The center-led indirect procurement model allows our buyers to focus on your overall MRO supply chain needs, while on-premise resources provide high-level customer touch points.

Procurement services and solutions on-site.

In addition to our center-led Procurement group, SDI places the appropriate resources at your site. Our site managers have hands-on knowledge of each site, clarifying your needs and facilitating troubleshooting and issue resolution, to provide operational support and effectiveness. 

Full integration with supply chain operations

SDI’s Indirect Procurement expertise starts with our Strategic Sourcing strategies. We first set up a strategy for your stock items, consumables and break/fix items that are generally inventoried for regular usage. The MRO procurement process for these items is automated and continually runs against our adaptive demand planning algorithms, to constantly optimize inventory levels.

MRO procurement – the right parts on the right contracts

SDI researches all parts and leverage our reliable engineers and site managers before issuing a purchase order on any non-stock items. Utilizing the proven tools provided by our Strategic Sourcing division, our buyers can ensure compliance that the right parts are always purchased on the right contracts.

MRO Integrated Supply Management designed for your organization.

As a result of our data normalization and taking your inventory requirements into account, SDI creates a personalized plan to address spend by category, supplier, and manufacturer. SDI sourcing plans are aligned to support your unique objectives. Your program will include projected savings by category, which sets up a framework for negotiating on your behalf. We’ll also include specific steps to improve the pricing and productivity of existing suppliers within your supply chain.

Six Sigma principles and methods.

SDI’s procurement group, as well as the company overall, follows the principles of both Lean and Six Sigma in our processes. This commitment allows us to extract the maximum value from our sourcing exercises to deliver the most improved outcomes throughout every phase of our integrated supply chain management services – all carefully designed to fit each client’s unique business objectives.

On the cutting edge -- Electronic Data Exchange, XML, EDI and Intelligent Optical Character Recognition, to name a few.

SDI utilizes electronic data with its supply base to streamline transaction processing—passing the savings on to our clients. By communicating orders, acknowledgements and deliveries to SDI’s largest suppliers, our system ensures all purchase orders are delivered automatically and all MRO purchases are updated in a single repository to be easily viewed by our clients – no need to chase POs. We confirm electronically, so client sites always know when to expect delivery. Our Procurement group is just one component of our Procure 2 Pay (P2P) engine.

SDI's goal: beneficial supplier relationships.

As one of the leading supply chain management providers, SDI works to establish mutually beneficial relationships with our supplier network and your existing supply base. The SDI team handles all supplier negotiations, sourcing, management and performance to ensure that all indirect spending contributes to your overall savings. After a comprehensive data review, we provide strategic sourcing recommendations for a truly integrated supply chain. This includes the right sourcing, supplier consolidation, re-sourcing, product standardization and more.

Where do we start?

Click here to schedule a pre-evaluation consultation to see what indirect procurement savings and opportunities SDI can uncover for your business.

Success Story

It is important for my MRO supply chain provider to have a general understanding of my business--SDI knows my business from end to end.

SDI at Work

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Employee Spotlight

Kristen's history of developing innovative methods and identifying cost-saving opportunities makes her an asset to connecting each of our clients’ enterprises to their overall MRO supply chains.