what we do
We create custom kit solutions where individually separate but related items are grouped, packaged, and supplied together as one unit. The customized kit is assembled and delivered as one part number.
iPower Distribution Group of New England has been solving supply chain challenges for major OEM's for more than 25 years.
our value proposition
iPower Distribution Group of New England has over 25 years of continuous success assisting OEM’s of all types and sizes managing the supply chain necessary to their critical assembly and sub-assembly requirements through implementation of Vendor Managed Inventory, KanBan, and In-Plant Buyer-Planner services.
Unlike most consultants and inventory management providers, iPower New England, through its unique combination of supporting members represents a nearly $500 Million industrial distribution and system design solution for OEM’s competing on a worldwide basis.
Through its unique iPower-VMI, iPower-KanBan,and iPower-Buyer programs, iPower New England presents an unmatched opportunity to provide rapid, significant and permanent inventory reduction, vendor consolidation, volume pricing, reliable, proven delivery systems, and immediate access to a $150 million component and supplies inventory.
This is only the iceberg visible from the surface. For example, with 25,000 Lean bins under its current supervision and examples of implementations of point of use locations within six to eight weeks, there is a lot more to the iPower story.
How Our Solution Works
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5 things that makes us unique
our proof in detail
With over 25 years operating within the New England manufactures marketplace, we make five claims about how we can manage the supply change, implement point of use systems and bring a $700M sales organization to play for your OEM requirements.
1. Exclusive North East Provider
iPower New England is the only northeast provider with an integrated supply chain of industrial components, operating supplies, and packaging delivered to Point of Use.
2. Point of Use Management
We are the only provider of Point of Use Inventory management solutions using its own integrated supply chain in large OEMS.
3. Tier 1 Components
We offer the widest breadth of Tier 1 industrial components, operating supplies, and packaging in the Northeast.
4. 25+ Year Proven Track Record
We have a 25+ year proven track record showing the elimination of waste inside the value stream, consolidating suppliers, obtaining volume pricing, streamlining supply replenishment, reducing inventory, meeting production schedules, and optimizing space utilization for major OEMS.
5. $150 Million Inventory
iPower New England is unmatched for its access to over $150 million in component and supplies inventory, which results in sustainable achievement for your businesses production, procurement, and accounts payable operations.
we promise you our best
We work closely with each client to develop an integrated supply chain plan for high volume, low cost components that consolidate suppliers, and reduce: prices, lead times, inventory levels, and operating cost. The plan is executed using iPower’s proprietary electronic commerce technology to not only launch orders at the speed of need, but also to provide reports to control spend and supplier performance.
This reliable replenishment system is fully integrated with our network of industrial suppliers to provide our customers with the broadest cross-section of industrial components and supplies at Tier 1 pricing in the market place today.
Points of use
Component and Supplies Inventory
Number of Components Replenished
examples of our clients success
See how iPower helped a large semiconductor OEM overcome a supply chain with too many suppliers, with low buying leverage, extended lead times, and numerous stock-outs problems.
A National Semiconductor OEM
Read how iPower helped this semiconductor OEM by analyizing product use and purchase practices for 8,000 parts from over 100 suppliers, get consolidated down into 5 material groups.
Just in Case Inventory
This cellular manufacturer had in excess of 4 tons of fastener inventory and $68,000 worth inactive parts needing redeployment. See how iPower built a VMI Point Of Use system that took $120K off of the floor.
our services explained
iPower – VMI
Did you know up to 10% of your inventory is a candidate for a VMI Solution?
As a rule of thumb, 50% of your total items, accounting for 5-10% of your inventory cost are candidates for a Vendor Inventory Managed (VMI) replenishment solution. A majority of the components and supplies that we manage for our customers are replenished thought the iPower VMI solution.
What sets iPower New England apart is that we focus solely on production parts and operating supplies at Point of Use. We just don’t build Point of Use solutions, we build confidence through part integrity, system dependability, and adaptability.
Point of Use
We currently manage over 25,000 bins at Point of Use, replenishing more than 24 million components with the majority of them being incorporated into mission critical assemblies and subassemblies for OEM’s.
Our supply chain is second to none because of the breadth and depth of our Teir-1 component offerings, all of which are integrated with the leading six industrial distributors in their fields of expertise.
Unified VMI Solution
Why build multiple single commodity VMI solutions on your production floor? iPower New England will created a single unified VMI solution that covers all the items you need replenished at the Point of Use!
Here is a small sampling of commodities we currently replenish at point of use:
• Electronic/Electrical Components
• Bearings and Power Transmission
• Cable Assemblies
• Pipe, Valves, or Fittings
• Fluid Connectors and Seals
• Fluid Power Systems
• Industrial Supplies
• Hydraulic and Pneumatic Components
• Safety and Clean room supplies
• Motion Control
• Corrugated, Packaging, and Crating
iPower – Kanban
Did you know when component cost and usage is high, a Kanban Solution is more desirable?
There are many occasions where the components and assemblies we provide to our OEM’s are mission critical, meaning they often are too high cost or high usage to be handled through a VMI program. In situations like this iPower will configure our solutions to meet your Kanban contractual, planning, and delivery requirements. We ramp up from a straight forward VMI approach to a strategic Kanban approach.
We handle the largest pool of Tier 1 industrial components in the Northeast, replenishing literally hundreds of unique part number to our customers through our Kanban systems. As a result, we relieve the supplier communication and coordination burden and risk in the one supplied to one part number relationship.
You can stick to the heavy lifting of determining dual, triple, or multiple bins, recalculating Kanban quantities, and pulling and adding cards and bins. We will handle the upstream inventory adjustments necessary to keep hundreds of parts in synch with the changing demands of your business, as well as reallocating inventory in-house for commonly used components in multiple locations.
A common complaint with Kanban is the escalation of safety stock when demand becomes uncertain or erratic. The iPower Kanban solution takes ownership of safety stock so you don’t have to while pushing the cost of safety stock upstream.
Replenishment Method Management
At iPower New England we will adopt our business process to meet yours. So when demand warrants a change in replenishment method, we work with you to insure a smooth transition from Kanban back to discreet buying though your MRP.
It has been said by the guru’s of the Toyota Way, “Flow where you can and pull where you must”! We believe Kanban is an organized system of inventory buffers and that inventory is evil. Our Kanban solution employs our working capital, talent, and technologies to help you balance on-hand inventory to your customer’s demand, while simultaneously reducing risk of stock outs and/or excess inventory.
iPower – Buyer / Planner
What do you do when VMI and Kanban are not enough?
Often times neither Vendor Managed Inventory or Kanban are an appropriate method of replacement. This can be especially true when demand is certain, lead times are long, and part cost and usage is high. When VMI or KanBan are not appropriate, the iPower-Buyer strategically places professional buyer-planners onsite to plan and purchase items through your ERP systems.
We demonstrate real value from our solution with our ability to anticipate demand and execute forward buy strategies upstream. Well timed forward buys produce hard cost saving opportunities through price stability, volume discounts, and lead time reduction.
Improved Delivery and Quality
We have a proven track record demonstrating year over year benefits with collaborative buying/planning that produces exemplary delivery, quality, and cost saving results. We can measure and prove these results through our customer’s supplier performance modules, and use this data to finetune our approach.
Additionally, we measure our performance of the iPower Buyer-Planner solution to identify when additional cost savings can be better achieved by managing them through our Kanban and VMI programs.
iPower – Kitting
How can you increase component accuracy and consolidate your BOM?
We have extensive experience designing custom kit solutions as a stand-alone service or as part of our full-service VMI programs. Our facility handles large volumes of line items daily. Client kit requirements vary widely in component structure – flexibility and agility have been the keys to our kitting success.
Benefits of kitting Include:
- More accurate kits, reducing overhead and hassles
- Reusable containers offer environmentally-friendly solution
- Bill of material consolidation and component reduction
- Reduced material handling in your facility
- Kit creation based upon production forecast
Example of the benefits of kitting are:
- Combined products in a single package
- Separated products
- Private labeled
- Revision level control fasteners and non-fastener product
- Custom kit configurations