With the emergence of parts procurement systems, many shops are changing the way that they order supplies. While some are making the move directly because their DRP agreements required it or they joined an OEM certification program, all of them are implementing a best practice that can increase efficiency.
According to a FenderBender.com study, in 2015 as many as 52% of shops still relied on phone calls, emails and faxes to order parts. However, those that have transitioned have seen improvement in the accuracy and efficiency of parts deliveries. These improvements have led to owners seeing a boost in profitability and the efficiency of their shops.
While the software of different parts procurement systems may function differently, most allow employees to quickly contact multiple suppliers. Some systems allow workers to contact more than one supplier simultaneously. This allows you to find and compare parts faster and more efficiently than traditional methods.
This efficiency can result in significant time savings for shops. The efficiency these systems offer make their implementation a clear best practice for every shop moving forward.