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Fasteners

Fastener distributors sell anything that fastens something to something else - i.e., nuts, bolts, staples, screws, nails, grommets, snaps, retaining rings and plastic twist-ties. The use of fasteners and the tools used to install them is closely tied to the automobile, aircraft, appliance, machinery and equipment and residential and commercial construction industries.

In the mid-1980's research by various industry groups reveal the millions of counterfeit fasteners had been installed that did not conform to industry standards. The risk posed by these parts led Congress to pass the Fastener Quality Act of 1990 and later revisions. Fastener manufacturers and distributors must comply with the requirements of this legislation.

 

Unique Features

Complex Product Characteristics – Fasteners can have many features that must be used to describe items such as size, length, thread configuration, material that it is made out of, coatings, usage and more.
  • Adequate capability of defining product characteristics.
  • Ability to quickly search for characteristics.
  • Ability to handle fractions or 4 or more decimal places.    

Varying Unit of Measure – Fasteners can be bought, stocked, sold and picked in different units of measure such as pallet, keg, ¼ keg, cases, boxes, bags, and eaches.

  • Item measures must be flexible and be able to handle many different unit of measures.
  • Manage SKU by various unit of measures.
  • Handle the unit of measure conversion through the entire fulfillment process.

Request for Quotations – fluctuations in commodity prices such as copper and other specialty metals can have a dramatic effect on the cost and selling price of items.  Distributors must be able to quickly and efficiently find the right source at the right price to satisfy their customer’s needs.

  • Ability to efficiently issue request for quotations.
  • Ability to track and manage the quotation process.
  • Ability to issue purchase orders for the best quote.

Manage the importation of product – Many fastener distributors import product from foreign suppliers.  They must be able to:

  • Optimize the lading of containers to minimize costs.
  • Track containers during the shipping process.
  • Account for all shipping costs as “landed costs."

Track Outside Processing – Distributors will send parts out for additional processing such as plating or cutting operations.

  • Track inventory movement.
  • Account for costs of outside processes.

Complex Warehouse Operations Quality management of parts is critical.  Know where the inventory is in the warehouse is critical as well.  Efficient warehouse operations is critical to the profitability of the distributor.

  • Lot control and traceability.
  • Bin Locations and Put-away accuracy are critical.



Associations

National Fastener Distributors Association

National Fastener Distributors Association

Pacific-West Fastener Assocation Pacific-West Fastener Assocation
Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association

Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association



Fasteners Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Fasteners
The fastener industry faces the complexities of long lead times, regional warehousing, consignment inventory, heavy yet inexpensive items, and dealing with rework. Learn more...
Advanced Distribution Partners
Advanced Distribution Partners: Advanced Distribution Microsoft Dynamics® AX
Safety
When you specialize in distributing professional and commercial equipment, your customers expect prompt, safe delivery of their orders – delays at best may cost them business and at worst, such as in the medical industry, lives. With Advanced Distribution Software, easily ensure order fulfillment accuracy with real-time inventory tracking. Make note of client-specific instructions on packaging and source appropriate logistics providers in order to guarantee safe, prompt shipping of specialized equipment and supplies. Stay on top of strict industry and government regulations, particularly in the medical field. Learn more...
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
Fasteners
Managing erratic demand is more important than ever. CLARITY addresses erratic demand, and helps manage the guessing game for which items will grow and which will continue to fade in this market that constantly challenges the leaders in these DIY industries. Regional uniqueness, seasonality, housing and production market differences all conspire to vex companies as they seek to identify how much of which products the market wants. Learn more...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
Wholesale Distribution
Demand Solutions demand planning and inventory management products have helped distributors get smarter about managing demand and ways to increase inventory turns. Our systems have consistently empowered distributors to weed out underperformers and focus on your most profitable opportunities. Learn more...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
General Manufacturing
Most manufacturers are driven by make-to-stock decisions. In an ideal world we could all “scan one make one” but the realities of manufacturing requirements, long lead times, lot sizes, distribution channels, geographical restrictions, and limited views of retail sales can cause complex stocking situations. Demand Solutions has given visibility into these complexities for thousands of clients through robust manufacturing, demand forecasting and inventory management solutions for over 25 years. Learn more...
NetSuite, Inc.
NetSuite, Inc.: NetSuite Wholesale/Distribution Edition
The #1 Cloud-Based ERP/Financial Suite for Wholesale Distribution Companies
The NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Edition is the only cloud-based integrated business suite for wholesale distribution.

Solution enables:
Monitor and manage your business with the ultimate customizable business dashboard, featuring built-in best practices for
wholesale distribution.
Convert leads to orders, orders to shipments and shipments to revenue with NetSuite's advanced warehouse, inventory
management and order fulfillment capabilities.
Gain a real-time, 360-degree view of your customers and provide better customer service through NetSuite's seamless integration
of CRM with financials and other back-office systems.
Grow revenues, enter new markets and improve channel partner engagement with tools for partner relationship management (PRM).
Manage webstores and online business with NetSuite's ecommerce solution, which is tightly integrated with your accounting,
fulfillment, inventory, CRM, PRM and more. Learn more...