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Articles

Below are the latest MRO focused articles published by SDI. These articles are provided to further educate users on MRO and the industry as a whole.

K-12 PPE

As we look forward to the next K-12 school year, school leaders are in a uniquely challenging position. However, in this case the cliché is true … “Challenges are the seeds of opportunity”. School closures and budget shortfalls are just a couple of consequences the pandemic has wrought. 

Supply Chain For School Facilities

The MRO logistics of a school district can impact four key areas: human capital, invested capital, working capital and operating capital. These can affect the learning environment, student achievement and overall sentiment towards the district.

The MRO supply chain is evolving thanks in part to Industry 4.0. But while businesses spend a huge amount of time managing their direct supply, historically the MRO supply chain has been overlooked.

Demand Surge

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that global and regional surges in demand can critically impact supply chain in education sector, exposing the faults of conventional wisdom regarding supply chain: that it’s most efficient and effective to have a single supplier or source for materials.

SDI Sourcing Efficiency

Automated ordering, invoicing, payments, and forecasting continue to squeeze as much value from the MRO supply chain as possible, but what if it were possible to not only identify existing sources of value and efficiency but to actually create value from the MRO supply chain?

Among all the human calamity, COVID-19 also demonstrated in no uncertain terms that it is critical for manufacturing firms and other asset-intensive, multi-site enterprises to take steps to minimize supply chain disruption.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented organizations everywhere with numerous challenges to overcome. With more and more retailers, restaurants, and schools opening up again, facilities management leaders are beginning to think differently about their preventive maintenance strategies.

Today’s maintenance, repair, and operations professionals have access to a plethora of advanced technologies that automate processes, simulate market scenarios, and drive optimal decisions. Learn why these technologies are no longer optional.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many institutions to rethink their procurement processes. District leaders have faced an especially daunting challenge – to uphold changing guidelines, plan for numerous contingencies and manage budgets.

When demand is high for PPE, it’s best to have access to a large and diverse pool of suppliers and manufacturers. This strategy not only helps with ensuring access to supplies, but also helps get it at the lowest possible cost. With this in mind, here are four tips from SDI for securing PPE for schools.

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

Data standardization is part of Google’s new initiative to help people find relevant datasets.  With a recent study from Data Science Central, it’s estimated that data scientists spend 60% of their time preparing data for analysis, rather than performing the analysis itself.  Therefore, the goal of this schema is to drive standardization so that more time can be spent analyzing it.  

Employee Spotlight

Michael is a Warehouse Lead who has worked at the SDI Brooklyn Warehouse since 2007.