Global Sourcing

Core Competencies

Customer Per-Print Parts

Our fully-licensed trading company (FASTCO) provides custom-manufactured solutions for customers in a spectrum of industries ranging from HVAC and heavy equipment to aerospace and transportation. Below is a sampling of commonly supplied products:

  • Machined parts
  • Injection molded parts
  • Stampings
  • Forgings
  • Rivets
  • Fittings
  • Fasteners
  • Castings
  • Metal fabrications
  • Bearings
  • Casters
  • Kitted components
  • Other commodities (e.g. gloves, chain, and wire rope slings)
Core Competencies
Quality Systems

Fastenal’s corporate functions are centered on the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and we’re registered at locations worldwide, including our global sourcing operations. Below is a look at the quality systems we’ve put in place to identify best-in-class manufacturers, closely monitor their performance, and develop strong partnerships built on a shared commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

Product Standards & Testing

  • Review technical and engineering drawings/prints
  • Create product testing plans
  • Engage with suppliers to ensure consistent manufacturing processes and identify cost savings


  • Auditing potential and existing suppliers' QMS systems to ensure consistent, quality product is delivered

ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited Laboratories

  • Labs in Taiwan, Shanghai, Malaysia, and Czech Republic (in addition to North America)
  • Responsible for testing pre-production and pre-shipment samples

Supplier Quality Engineering

  • Coordinate with suppliers to improve performance and implement process controls
  • Provide additional engineering and technical trainings to suppliers
Quality Systems
Inventory Management

Many of our OEM customers elect to receive their product via a Fastenal Managed Inventory program. With this approach, your local Fastenal service team will monitor your usage patterns and upcoming production needs, stock product locally and regionally to anticipate your demand, and continually provide just the right amount, when and where it’s needed in the facility, minimizing interruptions and your total cost of ownership.

Key Advantages of a Fastenal-Managed Program

  • Decades of inventory management experience with hundreds of thousands of OEM customers.
  • Up to daily inventory turns to support your inventory reduction goals.
  • Our ability to deliver to the point of use means less inventory build-up, fewer touches.
  • Locally-stocked emergency inventory can typically be delivered within the hour.
  • FMI bin-stock program – free bins based on clear, up-front service agreement.
  • Bar-coded inventory with accurate item tracking by location/GL code.
  • Reduced paperwork via a ‘touch-less’ reordering process (blanket P.O.S, P-Cards, etc.).
  • 125+ dedicated implementation specialists to manage a seamless transition.

Lean Six Sigma Support: Creating Flow, Eliminating Waste

Fastenal’s team of Lean Six Sigma specialists are available to participate in Lean events and support your Lean initiatives. Services include DMAIC process mappings – tracking the movement of material through your current process, identifying areas where costs can be reduced or eliminated, presenting a business plan to achieve a specific cost savings goal, and meeting regularly to track progress toward that goal. Solutions include:

  • Workstation design
  • Up to daily inventory turns to support your inventory reduction goals.
  • Just-in-time (JIT) systems
  • 2-bin systems
  • Kanban (inventory signaling system)
  • Point-of-use delivery stations
  • Kitting analysis/custom-packaging
  • In-plant solutions (on-site branch or crib managed by Fastenal personnel)
  • Industrial vending (MRO, safety, metalworking)
  • Integrated supply

Learn more about our lean solutions.

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Fastenal is ISO 9001:2015 certified with TUV Rheinland of North America. View our ISO 9001:2015 Certificate