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TMCNet:  Kirby Risk Deploys Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory Solution

[May 28, 2009]

Kirby Risk Deploys Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory Solution

May 27, 2009 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Datalliance announced that Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, a distributor of electrical products to Industrial, OEM, Construction, and Commercial/Institutional markets, has streamlined its central distribution model with the implementation of Datalliance Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).

Joe Hart, Kirby Risk Director of Purchasing and Material Management, said, "Using the right technologies in combination with process improvements creates opportunities for us to improve the efficiency of our supply chain model and reduce costs. Today, many of our leading suppliers including Hubbell, Ideal, Rockwell, Siemens, and Thomas & Betts are using Datalliance VMI. We are also working with other key suppliers to bring up VMI. Eventually we plan to do VMI with 10-14 major suppliers. When we get to that point, 80 percent of our inventory will be managed by VMI.

"We went to a model of one central distribution center to support our 38 branches with VMI managing stock replenishment for the central distribution center with our key suppliers. This streamlined model ensures a high level of fill rate, while at the same time being very efficient and cost-effective. VMI keeps this process running smoothly by monitoring the daily branch demand, anticipating future demand, and issuing replenishment orders with suppliers as needed." Datalliance stated that it makes it easy for Kirby Risk to do VMI with additional suppliers.

"It is so simple to bring new suppliers on that we almost take it for granted," said Hart. "Not only are they willing to go the extra mile, Datalliance has the support staff, industry knowledge and infrastructure to make it happen. We can now get up and running with a new supplier on Datalliance VMI in a matter of weeks." ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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