A major component of any procurement or sourcing job is making sure the parts get on the shelves and those that are most needed are near to hand. But managing inventory, from automotive wire to tools and batteries, can be a trickier job than it sounds. Here's how to ensure you're managing inventory to the best of your ability.
Purchasing managers now face a very different world from even ten years ago. What used to be a matter of perusing catalogs and making calls is now a matter of comparing across websites and using complex software to buy from the right electrical supplier. But the more things change, especially in purchasing, the more things stay the same, and common problems are no exception. Here are a few common issues, and how to overcome them.
Purchasing departments always want to tighten up the ship -- no matter how refined a process is, it can always be better. If your New Year's resolution is to streamline your purchasing process, here's how to start.
Any product can claim to be "safe" or "waterproof," but when you're purchasing for a specific application, you need hard data, not vague promises. That's where ingress protection codes, or IP codes, come into play. Here's what they do, what they mean, and how to use them when purchasing.
In manufacturing, it's important to have everything you need on hand and ready to go. But it's also important to strike a balance between products you need in bulk and products you need just-in-time. Automotive wire needs to be in the former category, though, for a number of reasons.
Working in purchasing, you need the best parts in the right quantities and you need them on time. And in turn, that makes partnering with wholesale electrical suppliers a must. Why?
When you're purchasing automotive electrical components, you need the very best vendors. But finding the right vendor for you can feel like an endless trial-and-error search. It doesn't have to be, though, if you narrow down exactly what you need from your vendors and know where to look.
Jargon is the enemy of communication. We all know this. We've all had that experience where the guy on the other end of the line uses a twenty dollar word for a twenty-cent concept, or when you receive a sales email from a prospective vendor with five acronyms in every sentence. It becomes a problem when you need to get components on the shelf -- you need straight answers, not convoluted terms. Here are five ways to cut through the word thicket and know exactly what the jargon means.
A good relationship with your distributor can often make the difference between having the electrical components you need and your warehouse struggling to keep the shelves filled. But you might find yourself wondering what to do to develop better rapport with your distributors. Fortunately, it's easier than it might seem, and largely a matter of following the golden rule of treating others the way you'd like to be treated.
Deutsch connectors are in high demand and can be difficult to source due to manufacturer lead times. You see Deutsch connectors everywhere on trucks, construction equipment, Ag equipment, almost any piece of mobile equipment. However, you can't afford to slow your equipment production to wait for a connector lead time. Waytek has partnered with Amphenol, Delphi and Molex to make Deutsch compatible connectors in stock, ready to ship as soon as your order is placed. Amphenol, Delphi and Molex have spent countless hours testing and perfecting the Deutsch compatible connector lines to make them a reliable replacement.