OEMs, contractors and purchasing managers look out for the best deal on essential supplies, including building materials and industrial fasteners. Shopping for these items on the web has exploded over the last few years, and the opportunities to realize a good deal on quality products have increased. Check out these three benefits of purchasing industrial […]

OEMs, contractors and purchasing managers look out for the best deal on essential supplies, including building materials and industrial fasteners. Shopping for these items on the web has exploded over the last few years, and the opportunities to realize a good deal on quality products have increased.
Check out these three benefits of purchasing industrial fasteners online and consider how this buying process could change your business’ bottom line.

# 1 – Time Savings
Websites have fantastic hours, providing information on pricing and product specifications around the clock. Are you running a small business, working long hours and having trouble fitting administrative tasks into your day? Shopping for industrial fasteners online allows you to fit this particular task into the most convenient time of your day. Forget about wasting time meeting with your sales rep or pouring over the latest catalogues; the web provides you with an efficient method of purchasing available 24-7.
# 2 – Wider Coverage
The web offers companies a chance to go international, facilitating imports and exports across a wide range of industries. Your preferred fastener distributor could be located overseas or right around the corner; distance is nearly immaterial with web shopping.
Be sure to check the fastener distributor’s or fastener manufacturer’s website to find out about freight charges and lead-time. It may be possible to pay a premium for expedited shipping, but you’ll need to have that information ahead of time when making purchasing decisions.
# 3 – Better Comparisons
Companies save money when supplies costs are compared on a regular basis. Checking up on the going rate for x, y, and z product helps to keep even the most trusted supplier competitive. Browse through various fastener distributor websites for price comparisons, and use that information to negotiate a fair price for your supplies.
Prices of industrial fasteners depend mainly on the price of raw materials, but market demand also comes into play. Be sure to check up on a regular basis and compare domestic companies with those overseas, keeping in mind that taxes, duty and freight will all have an effect on the final cost.
If your purchasing department has yet to make the leap into cyberspace, consider all of the advantages you are passing up. Buying industrial fasteners online simply makes sense.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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