CASE STUDY

Fairmarkit brought enhanced collaboration, visibility and standardization for Safariland's buyers

Safariland’s biggest concern had always been standardization across their buyers but with Fairmarkit they have not only standardized their processes but discovered significant cost savings.

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11%

savings on MRO and tail spend

$1M

sourced in Fairmarkit

7%

realized savings across all categories

Industry
Manufacturing
Location
Jacksonville, Florida
Employees
1001-5000 Employees

The company

Maxar Technologies is an integrated space infrastructure and earth intelligence company that makes information actionable and space accessible. It provides satellite technology to help governments and businesses use space to monitor global change and deliver broadband communications.

The challenge

To support their bold mission of making the human experience better through satellite technology, Maxar needs to source a wide range of items from hundreds of suppliers—from highly sophisticated electronics components , all the way to the little things—like pens and lightbulbs—that makes a factory work. Until recently, Maxar’s director of strategic sourcing and procurement, Duncan McFarlane, and his team, did this all by hand.

McFarlane was still able to find savings for Maxar, but the process wasn’t very efficient, he says, and led to a lack of visibility into their spend. “Without purchase data centralized, it can take a long time and a lot of manual effort to analyze data,” says McFarlane. “We needed a more efficient way.”

The result

Using Fairmarkit has resulted in more competition for each sourcing event, which McFarlane says “saves an incredible amount of time and delivers real savings.”

Overall visibility has improved dramatically. Fairmarkit has delivered the insights McFarlane was looking for, showing exactly how long sourcing events are taking, as well as which suppliers are bidding, who is bidding frequently, and where their spend is going.

“At our fingertips we now have a wealth of knowledge—how long it takes when buyers send out RFQs, when companies are responding and how long it takes to complete a purchase; this knowledge vastly improves the procurement process and provides us will the ability not only to react tactically, but also to use that information strategically,” says McFarlane.

The platform also provides manufacturer requirements planning tips—letting McFarlane know that satellite parts are needed, how long they will take to arrive and even when he needs to source items in order to meet his schedules. Maxar was able to successfully implement Fairmarkit in a matter of days and transform their procurement process into an efficient and centralized platform.

“Using the Fairmarkit tool has really allowed us to expand upon our supplier base, find new suppliers where we weren’t doing business before, and really mitigate some of our risk across the board for our non strategic items.”

Wayne Lachowics

Strategic Commodities Manager

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