Valutek manufactures gloves, wipers, disposable apparel, adhesive mats, and more used in controlled environments in life sciences, advanced materials, and academia. Founded in 1988 by Greg and Mary Heiland, Valutek has built a reputation on quality, performance, dedication, and knowledge. The top priorities for Valutek’s customers are high-quality of products and hassle-free online ordering. Valutek delivers on both.
Global Supply Chain Disruptions Demand More Robust Processes
In 2020, global supply chain disruptions impacted Valutek's lead times, order size, and inventory levels leading to increased investment in raw materials and finished goods inventory to insulate their customers from uncertainty about product availability. Company leadership used KPIs to understand company performance and historical sales data to plan inventory levels, but this new normal required more rigorous processes to manage costs and materials. As a result, the company developed these initiatives:
- Develop more robust financial reporting and processes to manage the increasingly complex supply chain
- Implement a materials resource planning (MRP) system to help the supply chain and inventory
- Hire a supply chain specialist to oversee and manage MRP and supply chain
- Hire an e-commerce marketing manager
During this time, Arizona MEP was at Valutek conducting electronic forklift training and discussed areas where it could help support Valutek.