Zodiac Aerospace

Challenge

Zodiac Aerospace, based in France and with locations throughout the United States,
is considered one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aerospace equipment and
systems used on commercial, regional, and business aircraft as well as helicopters.
They are also regarded as one of the leaders in aviation technology first working
with hot air balloons in the early part of the 1900s and going on to invent the
concept for the first airships or dirigibles.

Today the company works with clients all over the world and employs more than
30,000 people located in 100 offices from North America to Africa and from China
to Brazil. As you can imagine, a vast quantity of supplies ranging from restroom
cleaning products—hand towels and other paper products, cleaning tools and
equipment, and liners—to packaging materials are needed to support the company’s
many locations and employees.

Solution

Managing and purchasing this array of products can be a monumental task
and if administrators are not careful, costs can go through the roof. To help manage
and even lower their supply chain costs, Zodiac Aerospace – Cabin and Structures
turned to AFFLINK, a global leader in supply chain management, and their
web-based technology, the ELEVATE software. The ELEVATE tool is designed to
give clients the ability to manage, evaluate, and improve their strategic sourcing
initiatives.

“The ELEVATE system uncovers hidden purchasing opportunities,” explains
Michael Wilson, VP of Marketing & Communications. “It also analyzes supply
chain decisions and purchases which is how Zodiac Aerospace and other users of
the system are able to better manage supplies and lower costs.”

Future

With the ELEVATE process, Zodiac Aerospace – Cabin and Structures has reported
a 17 percent savings across 14 of their North American manufacturing locations
amounting to more than $634,900.00 in supply chain savings. “What is even more
amazing about this is they were able to accomplish this in just seven months,” adds
Waldrop. “It’s because of this that AFFLINK has been recently honored with awards
for ‘supply chain excellence’ from organizations in the distribution and
supply chain industry.”