SOURCE: Falcon Fastening Solutions

March 10, 2015 08:30 ET

Falcon Fastening Solutions Reports Average Customer Savings of 16 Percent for 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - March 10, 2015) - Falcon Fastening Solutions, an industrial supplier of fasteners and other "C" class production components used in high-volume manufacturing assembly, reports an average customer cost savings of 16 percent for 2014.

Falcon's vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs are customized to reduce the total cost of ownership associated with "C" class components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the Southeastern United States. 

"The direct acquisition cost, or piece price, of any component only accounts for 15 percent of the total cost of ownership (TCO)," explains Don Nowak, President and Owner of Falcon. "The other 85 percent of TCO is tied up in hidden costs like labor, freight, inventory-carrying costs, error-related costs, safety stock, and so on. We reduce our customers' costs in all of these areas including the piece price." 

"C" class components are not limited to fasteners, but include a bevy of other low-value items consumed during the manufacturing process. They make up the largest portion of inventory line items for the average OEM. 

For 2014, Falcon reports an average customer savings of 3 percent on labor-related costs such as purchasing, receiving/stocking, accounting, inspection and quality control activities, and kitting and subassembly tasks. Freight-related costs were the largest area of savings with more than 4 percent average savings. Error-related costs, such as down time, poor quality, expedites and item obsolescence accounted for close to another 4 percent of the average customer savings. Inventory carrying cost savings are reported at 3 percent and the piece price savings are an additional 2 percent of the average total cost savings for customers in 2014.

In addition to these savings, Falcon carries a safety stock of 3 months of inventory on hand in their local warehouse and another 9.5 months of inventory on order for customers taking advantage of their Reliable Stock™ vendor managed inventory programs. Falcon also reports a quality rating of 99.9% and an on-time delivery rate of 99.1% for their customers in 2014. 

"We are pleased to provide such significant savings, service and commitment to our customers," adds Giovanni Cespedes, Vice President. "As a distributor who markets our exceptional ability to reduce the TCO for our customers, it's important to be able to document and quantify that cost savings. It's especially rewarding to see the value at a customer level where these savings numbers increase even more depending on which Reliable Stock™ VMI program we are providing for that particular customer."

Click here to see a detailed infographic outlining Falcon's total customer savings for 2014.

About Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc.
Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned industrial supplier of fasteners and other class C production components used in high-volume manufacturing assembly. Falcon specializes in customized supply chain solutions that support lean principles in manufacturing to reduce cost and improve efficiency for its customers. 

Founded over 35 years ago, Falcon began as an industrial distributor to the thriving manufacturing facilities of the Carolinas. To meet the needs of its growing customer base, Falcon expanded the company's services with its vendor managed inventory (VMI) program. Today, the Reliable Stock™ VMI program brings customer results of zero production down time, four years running, and has allowed Falcon to shift from a product supplier to a cost reduction specialist. 

In recent years, Falcon added two customer-based branches in the Carolinas and acquired Kentucky-based C&M Solutions, now Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc. of Louisville, KY. To learn more about Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc., please visit http://falconfastening.com or call 1.800.438.0332.

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