FAST Solutions Vending

 
“The deployment of 100,000-plus active devices reflects the value our customers place on service. This success derives from our ability to adapt to customer feedback over time on how to better service their supply chain needs around the use of industrial vending. The headline number is 100,000, but the key to delivering such a great value to the market is our ‘team behind the machine,’ including 14 regional distribution centers, 8,000+ delivery vehicles, 3,200+ in-market servicing locations, and 14,000+ local sales/service personnel."

- Jeff Hicks, Vice President – FAST Solutions

What Opportunities are in Your Supply Chain?
Visibility

How much visibility do you have to parts usage and spend?

Control

Are you struggling with access controls and overconsumption or product misuse?

Inventory

Do you find excess or obsolete inventory to be a problem?

Productivity

How long does it take employees to walk and wait for needed supplies?

Purchasing

How is product reordered? Is it a manual process?

Unlock the Power of Vending
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The key: an efficient supply chain technology supported by a local relationship. Our vending platform is designed to make sure you always have the right amount, of the right product, when and where it’s needed for the job – with no labor, waiting, or waste involved. You’d be able to free up cash, cut costs, better utilize talent, and ultimately focus more resources on the things that separate your business in the marketplace.
Fastenal's Vending Lineup

The Vending Advantage

Diverse Lineup

Diverse lineup of machines to support wide-ranging product needs.

Dynamic Reporting

Dynamic reporting and real-time data: when, where, and how you want to see it.

Machines Provided Free of Charge

Machines provided free of charge on a simple and straightforward service agreement. *Software fees apply.

Local Fastenal Personnel

Local Fastenal personnel monitor and replenish the machines - no paperwork or labor required.

Ongoing Program Optimization

Ongoing program optimization to keep pace with your changing business needs (right technology, right products, right amounts).

Partnering for Lower TCO

Stock Less, Spend Less, Make More
Custom Solutions Tailored for Your Business
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In the past, it was a 'zero sum game' between accessibility and control - more of one meant less of the other. Fastenal's vending solutions upend that paradigm by making product both immediately available and fully secure and traceable at the point of use. The results: better productivity, less waste, and wide-ranging business improvements.
Control Inventory: Understand how much inventory is being used by who and for what project. Track Inventory: Understand who's had the inventory and for how long.
Coil Machines

Coil

Sensor Machines

Sensor

Locker Units

Lockers

The Team Behind the Machine
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Without service, vending is just a device, a way to spin a coil or open a cabinet. It's the human element that unlocks the true power of vending - a team behind the machine dedicated to innovation, support, logistics, and service.
Team Behind The Machine
A Great Solution Begins with a Good Conversation
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Talk to us about your inventory challenages and let us present ideas to make an impact. Remember, the machine itself isn't the solution; it's what's behind it: local inventory, daily service, and a commitment to continous improvement. Reach out to your Fastenal representative to start the conversation today.

School Board of Sarasota County
Something we follow very closely is the cost per square foot for maintenance and custodial,” said Jody Dumas, executive director of facilities planning and construction. “The lower we can drive those numbers, the more money is available for students in the classroom. So I’m very proud when we’re able to operate effectively and efficiently.
The School Board of Sarasota County

Sellen Construction
Being able to manage our supply chain in partnership with Fastenal has really enabled us to deliver that quality at every single point along the job. It takes one more variable out of the equation.

– Adam Rohde, Vice President

Sellen Construction

Sundowner Trailers
Fastenal establishing an Onsite facility here at Sundowner has actually increased production. Especially with the vending program that Fastenal has implemented; I would say it increased production within the first month, probably 10-15%.

– Mike Mason, Purchasing Manager

Sundowner Trailers

Triumph Fabrications
[Fastenal allows] us to reallocate all of those resources so that we are focusing on the things that make us money – getting parts out to the customers on time. We have that level of trust in that partnership that they’re going to be there, right there with us, and have the products we need when we need them.

– Billie McMillian, Program Manager

Triumph Fabrications

Conroe Machine
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

Conroe Machine

Cirrus Aircraft
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

Cirrus Aircraft

IEA
[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

IEA

Shoreline Metal Fabricators
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

Shoreline Metal Fabricators

City of Redlands
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

City of Redlands

Lakeshore Technologies
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

Lakeshore Technologies
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