Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Transform your in-house inventory management system into a lean and efficient supply chain

Fastener Warehouse’s Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system has been carefully developed to easily transform our customer’s in-house inventory management system into a lean and efficient supply chain.

Our VMI system will dramatically reduce your overall costs in managing and procuring fasteners, giving you peace of mind. With our vast experience in the fastener industry, we understand each of our customers have unique requirements.

Whether it is enhancing our customer’s already established replenishment system or starting from the beginning, we can aid you in maintaining or achieving your lean initiatives. Our VMI system, a proven technology developed in partnership with Computer Insights, Inc., allows us to tailor it to the specific needs of each customer.

What are the benefits?

The VMI system can handle any type of manufacturing environment regardless of size and location.  Once set up, the VMI system can easily transform your in-house management inventory system into a lean and efficient supply chain. This will help you, our customers, to get your products where they need to be and on time.

The benefits to using Fastener Warehouse Ltd.’s VMI system include:

  • easy to manage and exceptionally effective system
  • bin quantities effortlessly adjusted and refined according to usage
  • optimal inventory level maintenance reducing overhead
  • reduction of overhead opening up valuable, usable floor space
  • easier-to-manage materials saving purchasing and production planning times
  • diminished product shortages
  • strengthening of lean initiatives

How does it work?

The Fastener Warehouse Ltd. VMI service uses a user-friendly barcode scanner in coordination with our inventory management system. As our inventory management system has been specifically designed for the fastener industry, we have the ability to tailor the VMI service to meet your specific requirements.


The first stage in setting up the VMI system requires assessing our customer’s needs, which involves:

  • Assembling a team consisting of Fastener Warehouse and customer representatives
  • Identifying the customer’s unique challenges, goals, objectives and desired outcomes
  • Determining the layout of the work area to maximize the system efficiency and to decrease non-value added steps
  • Discussing solutions for the challenges in your environment
  • Establishing what materials are required for successful implementation
  • Identify areas, and processes that will increase efficiencies in material management
  • Identify areas of inefficiencies related to product shortages
  • Implement continuous measurable improvement monitoring relative to each goal

Program Set-up

The second step is the set-up of the VMI service program, which involves:

  • Identifying usage for all parts in order to determine bin quantities and amount of bins required
  • Procuring or creating racks required to hold bins
  • Installation of hardware and software to facilitate information flow
  • Discussing solutions for the challenges in your environment
  • Creation of databases containing all of the customer’s product information and locations for the scanner(s)
  • Provisioning of labels for use in scanning
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Our customized tailored services help reduce our customer's cost by eliminating expensive in-house manufacturing of small parts and/or assemblies. This reduces the number of vendors required, lowers, administrative costs, and prevents expensive downtime from parts shortages. Optimal stock levels for all special parts are kept at at our warehouses for quick delivery when required.

  • Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

    Transform your in-house inventory management system into a lean and efficient supply chain

  • Single & Multi-Bin Systems

    Tap into cutting edge inventory control, risk mediation and productivity improvements

  • Custom Kitting & Packaging

    Solutions to help you eliminate logistical procurement, receiving, handling, and tracking burdens

  • Specialty Fasteners

    Bringing to life custom part solutions using the latest manufacturing techniques

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Get in touch with us and we'll take the time to get to understand you, your business, and your unique needs. Then we'll come up with custom solutions that perfectly fits your workflow.

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