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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.

As the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supply chain evolves from a cost center to a strategic asset, organizations increasingly are seeking ways to bust through silos, align processes, add flexibility, and build synergies in the supply chain ecosystem.

Supply Chain

While there may not be any willful neglect of parts and supplies the pandemic has caused a huge disruption for all of us. At SDI, we believe it's an inflection point and a great opportunity for the FM community to come together, pause and reset the way we view and manage the parts supply chain.

Mobile Procurement Technology

Manufacturing firms that invest in robust mobile procurement technology gain the potential to streamline their entire maintenance, repair, and operations source-to-pay (S2P) process, putting supply initiation and management in the hands of those closest to the front lines.

TailSpend Management

It makes sense that most manufacturing companies actively manage their direct supply and large capital expenses. It is a fairly simple task because most of an organization’s spend will be concentrated among relatively few vendors. In fact, the indirect supply chain has been shown to adhere to the Pareto Principal, which states that a company will spend 80 percent of its budget with 20 percent of its vendors. With most of their eggs in only a few baskets, enterprises understandably watch those baskets like hawks.

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.

Success Story

SDI is an MRO integrator and partner that really helps drive categorization and a best practice approach.

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

He has been with SDI for over one year. Richard has been on site through many changes for nearly 40 years as well. The client knows Richard well. He has worked several positions and is currently in the issuing department helping customers and maintaining inventory.