Key Competitive Advantages

Why do so many businesses turn to Fastenal to meet their industrial and construction supply needs? Here's a look at some of the cornerstones of our value proposition:

Local Stores. By positioning people and product close to our customers, we’re able to quickly respond to emergency needs, keep regularly-used supplies flowing via a Fastenal-managed stocking program, and take a flexible approach to source and stock non-standard items locally. Click here to find your local store.

Inventory Control. Because we’re local, we can stock product minutes away and make sure you always have just the right amount, when and where you need it. We’re recognized as the industry innovator in vendor managed inventory (VMI) and industrial vending.

Logistics. With 14 strategically located distribution centers, 2,650+ local stores, and 6,000+ delivery vehicles, we’re able to stage inventory locally and regionally to anticipate demand, efficiently move heavy materials, and economize freight costs for our customers.

Quality. Our ISO 9001:2008 Quality operations are anchored by stringent supplier selection, testing and monitoring procedures; multiple levels of product testing in our five A2LA-accredited labs; and some of the most experienced Quality personnel in the industry.

Products. Each Fastenal store offers a spectrum of OEM, MRO and Construction supplies organized around 18 product lines. For you, this means significant vendor consolidation opportunities and rapid (often same-day) product solutions.

Sourcing. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Your local Fastenal store can tap into our network of thousands of supplier-partners as well as our global sourcing division to provide a solution that meets your needs for price, quality and delivery.

Manufacturing. We can quickly produce everything from high-volume production fasteners to complex machined parts. With nine locations and hundreds of skilled machinists, Fastenal Manufacturing delivered nearly 70,000 jobs in 2012 – each one a solution for a customer in need.

Services. We don’t just provide quality products, we offer a spectrum of services to support our product lines – from tool repairs and cutting tool regrinds, to custom packaging and engineering support. Ask us about our value-added service offerings.

Government & Related Industries Support. We offer statewide and cooperative contracts supported by a specialized national sales force to support government entities and other customers with contract purchasing needs and requirements, including healthcare providers and K-12 and college campuses.

Specialists. As a complement to our local store service teams, we’ve deployed hundreds of specialists to provide high-level support in key areas of our business, including National Accounts, Safety, Metalworking, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Industrial Vending, and Lean Six Sigma support.

To learn more about our products, services and solutions, contact your local Fastenal store.