Leveraged Sourcing & Procurement
DistributionNOW is not just about products. Through our size, scope, and breadth of markets we serve, customers look to us for supply chain solutions that accelerate the growth of their businesses. Because when demand is high, it's your supply chain that makes or breaks your promise to customers. We combine extensive knowledge, hands-on industry experience, and a global presence to bring you unrivaled sourcing and procurement solutions so that your operation never has to slow down. We're committed to making sure your supply chain performs at the level your company expects.
We are constantly searching the globe for products that expand our offering and new suppliers that meet our quality standards, so you always have great options to choose from. Once those manufacturers are identified, we begin the process of bringing them on-board through our stringent qualification process and supplier management program. After they have completed our qualification process, they are added to our approved manufacturers list. Once on the list, our customers have access to their respective inventories.
Our Category Management group is composed of product specialists, directors, and buyers who are responsible for developing and maintaining the invaluable relationships we have with our manufacturers and suppliers, both domestic and global. They are also responsible, with the assistance of our Quality department, for monitoring the quality of the products we sell, including the resolution of any issues with suppliers.
DNOW’s Catalog group is responsible for setting up and maintaining the material master and customer-managed catalogs, which contain essential data on products we sell, such as identification numbers, product descriptions, images, and more. The integration of all our material information into a single database eliminates redundant data, and the data stored is used for inventory management, purchasing, planning and forecasting, e-commerce, and many other business processes.
Advanced Planning and Forecasting
We establish replenishment and planning models that optimize inventory and provide tools, information, and analysis to all levels of our organization. Our team analyzes the usage data we collect and sets item reorder points and min/max levels that allow for automated center replenishment from our suppliers and distribution centers. Providing seamless supply chain efficiency on re-order, redistribution, and replenishment of inventory is the key to providing DNOW customers with high material availability, high fill rates, and high on-time delivery rates.