BraunAbility

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BraunAbility

How the automotive mobility leader unified its procurement systems and achieved a 35% increase in on-time delivery (OTD), reduced on-hand inventory by 22%, and made life easier for buyers and suppliers.

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Before SourceDay, we were talking about a multi-million dollar expansion for warehouse space. Now, we’ve reduced on-hand inventory by 22% and we’re actually looking at no longer storing production components at an offsite warehouse.

Ben Hitchens, the Associate Director of Procurement and Supply at BraunAbility

35%

Increase in OTD

22%

Reduced on-hand inventory

20%

Increased purchased components to grow revenue

Improved OTD Saved The Company Millions in Overhead

BraunAbility is the leader in mobility transportation solutions that change lives. The team of eight buyers was responsible for sourcing raw materials of 15,000 SKUs to produce their transportation products. The procurement process was fairly chaotic before working with SourceDay, and to assure they had sufficient parts on-hand, the company was planning a multi-million dollar expansion of their warehouse to stock up.

To resolve operational issues, BraunAbility adopted the SourceDay platform to automate processes that they had previously been conducting with manual data entry via spreadsheets and sticky notes. In doing so, they not only achieved 100% data accuracy in their ERP regarding PO changes, but they also increased on-time-delivery (OTD) of direct materials by 35%.

The reliability of inbound materials shipments to be delivered on time had a number of positive impacts on the business. BraunAbility was able to reduce safety stock to save on operating expenses, supplier relationships improved, and they were even able to scale their productivity without increasing buyer headcount. SourceDay has become an undeniable asset to grow business.

Before SourceDay, we were talking about a multi-million dollar expansion for warehouse space. Now, we’ve reduced on-hand inventory by 22% and we’re actually looking at no longer storing production components at an offsite warehouse.

Ben Hitchens
Associate Director of Procurement and Supply at BraunAbility

From Chaos To Efficiency

After

  • Automated communications and data capture led to improved OTD.
  • Improved OTD led to reduced safety stock and operating expenses.
  • Efficient operational processes allowed for increased production without adding headcount.

BEFORE

  • Manual processes led to inaccurate PO and ERP data.
  • Inaccurate data caused PO changes and shipments to be missed.
  • Missing parts from late deliveries caused stock outs and prompted increased safety stock.

BENEFITS

Ease of Adoption & Implementation

One major focus in the search for a solution was finding a tool that would be widely adopted by buyers and suppliers. Ben wanted to avoid anything that would add to their workload or have a steep learning curve.

There was also a requirement for ease of implementation and rapid time to value. Ben didn’t want a solution with a long or tricky implementation cycle and deferred ROI if adoption of the new tool was poor. For BraunAbility suppliers, Ben was looking for a simple, no-cost, and net- zero impact solution. SourceDay was able to meet these requirements and more.


RESULTS

35% Increase In OTD, Resulting In More Production And Revenue

BraunAbility achieved a 35% increase in OTD of direct materials after implementation of SourceDay. Both buyers and suppliers quickly adapted to the easy-to-use workflows and saw the benefit of a single source of truth to improve accuracy and efficiency.

With a reduced dependency on safety stock, inventory days on hand (DOH) were reduced by over 20% – even while purchased components grew by 20%. SourceDay allowed BraunAbility to scale without headcount in a way they never thought possible.

Who We Are

SourceDay

SourceDay is a direct materials procurement platform focused on de-risking Purchase Order Lifecycle Management. Powered by patent-pending AI and Machine Learning, SourceDay delivers enhanced visibility, predictability, management, and accuracy to manufacturers and distributors. SourceDay integrates with any ERP system transforming costly, manual, and often error-prone tasks into precision workflows.

BraunAbility

BraunAbility is the global leader in mobility transportation solutions, changing the lives of people with mobility challenges and those who care for them. Based in Winamac, Indiana, the company was founded by Ralph Braun, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was six and unable to walk by the time he was 15. He began building electric scooters out of personal necessity, followed by wheelchair lifts and, eventually, wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Ralph’s humble prototype of the first accessible vehicle – a retrofitted mail truck – launched a thriving business that has redefined independence and convenience.