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It's made for a much more efficient process in terms of being able to take advantage of consolidated vendor managed inventory. As a Chief Financial Officer, to me it's all about anywhere we can improve the top line and improve the bottom line, I'm going to be looking at those things; and Fastenal has helped us in that regard very much.
– Jeff Scherer, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to Fastenal, we were issuing something like 500 safety glasses a month. It was an item that was completely out of control, which forced me to have to manage it myself. Through the vending system that Fastenal offered, Fastenal was able to put in dispensing controls so that I can have a safety glasses inventory regulated by person, by month. It was a very easy way to take our 500 safety glasses a month down to 10 a month — and the right people are getting them.
– David Van De Walle, Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
We know exactly where, and who, is using that product. If we want somebody to only use a specific wipe on a composite material, that’s all they have access to. We know what drill bits are being used, what alodine pens, and how many alodine pens, we’re using. So, we really targeted the consumption side as well as the cost side with vending.
– Rick Hollander, VP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain
We were using five cases of each size latex glove, but now we’re only using what would be the equivalent of one case. …When we looked at our old supplier, they used on average 200 to 300 sanding discs a week. We are now using 25 for the same amount, if not increased, production. …With the machines, we’ve seen an average of $4,000 a month savings… and with the low cost of the investment, it was an instant return on our investment.
– Evan Brady, Purchasing Manager
[Fastenal] always said that when we need product, it’ll be there, and they’ve never gone back on their word with that. They’ve always come to us with cost savings, profitability ideas, and technology. Fastenal has impressed me, and I think they’ve impressed the whole company.
– Ryan Moran, Supply Chain Specialist
I’ve been working with Fastenal for over 16 years — the entire time our company has been around and in business. They do a great job servicing [the machines] here. They’re here every day taking care of it in the morning. …It’s put a sense in our people that they don’t have to take extra to make sure they have enough for the next project. They just go to the vending machine, punch in their code, and they get the product. …As far as consumables go, our costs are down just over 20%. …That just shows how fast consumables can get out of hand.
– Gary Bird, President
Normally you see private companies taking the lead with this kind of supply chain innovation. I’m proud that the City of Redlands is setting an example not only for other cities of our size across the state and nation, but also for private industry.
– Dana Abramovitz, City Purchasing Services Manager
It essentially does the job of an inventory control manager. We’ve cut inventory by at least 75%, and we’ve seen a huge drop in consumption, because people are accountable for what they’re using. …The biggest thing, from a reporting standpoint, is being able to clearly see that usage jibes with what it’s supposed to be. That’s huge for us.
– Ricardo Lopez, VP of Operations, Lakeshore Technologies