Strategic sourcing and supply chain initiatives involving Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) rarely reach their full potential in today’s marketplace. Corporate America is littered with MRO projects that have only scratched the surface in terms of potential. The MRO supply chain is typically filled with maunal processes without real controls, resulting in waste. For the most part, the root causes for these shortfalls are due to a lack of connectivity with the rest of the enterprise and the lack of understanding of the nuances related to the MRO supply chain.
Understanding and addressing these nuances up front can mitigate previously unforeseen risks and open up opportunities for innovation and process improvement. The objective is to transform the MRO supply chain to a state of appropriate automation, performance monitoring and metrics that deliver an overall reduction in the total cost of ownership. The following discourse presents ten essential points to consider when developing a meaningful and continual MRO supply chain transformation.
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