Supply Chain Services

Reducing costs, saving time, improving productivity and mitigating risks — it’s our goal on every project. With our customizable Supply Chain Solutions, you can eliminate costs, address sustainability requirements, enhance focus on your core competencies and stay competitive in the marketplace.

Our Supply Chain Model

At Anixter, we continually invest in people, processes and technologies to meet your complete supply chain needs. In our supply chain model, we address five key areas that are necessary to build an effective solution.

Sourcing
Inventory Management
Product Enhancement and Packaging
Global Logistics
eCommerce

Managing multiple low-volume suppliers can be time consuming and create inefficiencies in your business.

Managing inventory can have an adverse effect on your schedule and budget if not done properly.

Preparing the products you buy for installation can be costly and impact your time to market.

Every time products are moved or transported, the risk of project delays and added costs increase

Transaction processing is an operational necessity; however, it can be a burden on cost, efficiency and time

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Case Studies

Anixter has collaborated with customers to help improve processes, reduce costs, achieve on-time completion and eliminate risks from their business. These case studies demonstrate how our supply chain solutions provide customizable, flexible, scalable services to help solve real business challenges. The case studies demonstrate Anixter’s capabilities in Sourcing, Inventory Management, Product Enhancement and Packaging, Global Logistics and eCommerce.

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  • New Mine Gets Online in Time with Deployment Services and Technical Product Recommendations

    A mine operator decided to open a new mine to take advantage of favorable international gold prices. Once completed, the open-pit mine will use a 600,000 meter drill to process more than 55,000 tons of ore per day and produce 591,000 pounds of gold per year.

  • Security Integrator Installs High-Tech Solution READY! Deployment Services

    A large European city was looking to redevelop its city center by building a 19-acre combined retail, leisure and transportation hub. As the first major development in the city’s center for the past 20 years, the development included 700,000 square feet of retail space plus a transportation interchange that will provide improved railway station facilities, a first-class bus station, and 1,700 car parking spaces and bicycle amenities to encourage sustainable travel throughout the region.

  • Anixter Helps Logistics Company Build a Green Data Center and Office Space

    A logistics company wanted a green office building with adjoining data center to consolidate and improve operations. As part of its commitment to green practices and operations, the company wanted everything to be designed, deployed and constructed with sustainability and functionality as the key factors. The building also required materials to come from sustainable and organic resources. The technologies used throughout the facilities needed to provide the highest form of energy efficiency. All facets of the project from construction to final use needed to be guided by sustainable principles.

  • Atlanta Police Foundation Sets New Standard in Open-Architecture Video Surveillance

    The Atlanta Police Foundation came to Anixter because of Anixter’s previous history with deploying citywide surveillance technology in other large metropolitan cities. After being presented with the foundation’s vision, Anixter engaged its resources locally and nationally to address the supply chain delivery issues, product consistency and manufacturer selection challenges with the foundation.

  • Aronson Security Group Upgrades Airport Security with READY! Camera

    A federal agency that oversees the safety and security of the travelling public wanted to upgrade a video surveillance system at a regional airport to provide enhanced security and greater flexibility. The goal of the agency was to have a seamless transition to the new cameras without any noticeable downtime or disruption in its current security procedures. The airport sits on nearly 5,000 acres and serves around 3 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo each year.

  • Contractor Users Ready! To Install to Meet Deadlines on Power Plant Construction

    A public utility sought to increase its power generation capabilities during its heaviest load periods. To better meet its users’ demands for electricity during peak times, the company sought to construct a large-scale, gas-fired peaker power plant that would provide 200 megawatts of energy. Powered by dual 100-megawatt aeroderivative gas turbines, the plant was built to reduce consumers’ electric costs during peak periods, improve reliability and decrease reliance on older, less efficient units.

  • Hayward Industries Uses Lean Manufacturing to Trim Costs

    Anixter has been helping Hayward Industries achieve its manufacturing goals for the past 11 years. By providing 105 active parts to three production lines, Anixter has implemented a complete vendor-managed inventory program from a centrally located distribution facility that services Hayward’s production lines on a daily basis. Anixter is able to position inventory closest to its point of use because it has numerous facilities located across the U.S. This allows Anixter to be responsive and flexible to meet Hayward’s changing production schedules.

  • Contractor Needs Price and Delivery Stability for Power Upgrade in Remote Area

    With nearly 10,000 megawatts of energy-generating capacity, a large provider of coal-based electricity delivers power to more than 1.5 million customers in the eastern U.S. With a vision to be a top-performing, high-growth utility, the energy producer’s long-term vision is to add value to its core generation and delivery business. In order to do this, the company planned to build a 210-mile, 500-kV power grid, which included two substations along the route.

  • Anixter Helps Drive Efficiencies to Wind Farm Deployments

    An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company selected to carry out the construction of a 101 megawatt, 44-turbine wind farm needed to confirm that the project’s owner could maintain stable pricing and service standards throughout the construction process. As part of the bidding process, the project’s owners required copper prices to be locked in for the duration of the project to guard against potentially volatile price fluctuations.

  • Power Company Leverages Expertise to Upgrade System

    As one of the fastest growing power transmission companies in the U.S., a Northeastern energy company manages a system that includes 660 miles of transmission lines, 44 substations and a fiber optic communications network that monitors and controls the electric system. In order to meet the needs of its current and future clients, the company is committed to energy-efficient power generation and system infrastructure that serves as a reliable transmission resource.

  • Wind Farm Operator Meets Critical Benchmarks

    A developer and operator of energy-generation facilities in Canada was building one of the largest wind farms in the nation. As an expert in planning and designing of biomass, geothermal, wind, hydro, natural gas and coal facilities, the company announced that the wind farm would deliver 200 megawatts of power from 133 turbines.

  • Cable Enhancements Speed Deployment of Wind Farm

    As a specialist in medium- and high-voltage power projects, a general contractor overseeing the construction of a 22-turbine Canadian wind farm needed a steady supply of materials to meet its budgetary, construction and commissioning benchmarks. The contractor required the production of six different types of cable delivered in specific lengths to designated locations on the job site. In order to maintain price stability on its materials and confirm it kept on schedule, the contractor turned to Anixter for expertise in material sourcing, processing and delivery.

  • Fast-Track Peaker Plant Construction Requires Material Management Services

    For more than 100 years, a southern U.S. energy company has supplied power to a growing customer base that now includes nearly 667,000 consumers and covers more than 2,000 square miles. With 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity that will power nearly 500 homes for a year, the company is poised to meet the needs of its customers. As the area population continues to grow, the company needed to confirm it had enough capacity to meet future demand and get through peak uses of consumption.

  • Anixter Helps an Emergency Vehicle Manufacturer Control its Inventory

    For more than 40 years, an emergency vehicle manufacturer has been committed to building the finest ambulance and rescue vehicles. For this industry leader, it has always been essential to provide the highest product integrity and value to its customers. To meet these goals, the company conducts continuous improvement reviews to confirm that all aspects of its manufacturing processes are at optimum performance.

  • Manufacturer Expands Market Presence with READY! Material Management Services

    The manufacturer was developing a new cable harness for an international maker of machines and engines. The cables used in the harness needed to be UL approved, even though the bulk of the manufacturing was being done in Europe. In order to conform to industry standards, the manufacturer needed to use a specialized spooler in its production facility in order to supply the cable to the production line.

  • OEM Gains Global Supply Chain With Anixter

    A global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions for vacuum and gas-based processes has six manufacturing facilities around the world. With four plants in the U.S., one in China and one in Mexico, the manufacturer wanted a supply chain partner that could meet its global needs while still maintaining local support. As the company has expanded from its manufacturing plants in the Northeastern United States to global sites, quality control throughout its supply chain and manufacturing processes has become a bigger concern.

  • Anixter Delivers Blockbuster Performance for Visual Solutions Provider

    Our customer, a visual solutions provider, has been successful in its industry because of its ability to leverage the latest technology to the benefit of its clients. This is particularly true with its movie industry customers who are driving impressive growth for the company as it helps theaters across the country transition from 35 mm projectors to DLP (digital projection) systems. Our customer’s challenge was straightforward: They had to come up with a cost-effective way to deploy their DLP systems to theaters across the country. However, by definition, any type of national rollout presents a host of project management, purchasing and installation challenges.

  • Regional Retailer Gets Stores Running with READY! Site

    A retailer planned to open as many as five stores per week, with a net addition of more than 100 stores over a 12-month period. Anixter provided the security products including the cameras, headend equipment and software as well as the wiring, outlets, digital video recorders and racks for the each store’s telephones, computers, camera systems and video wall displays.

  • Integrator Uses READY! Deployment Services to Upgrade Convention Center

    Expansion of a major North American convention center included the construction of a new facility and renovation of the existing structure–a total of 1.1 million square feet. An integrator was awarded a contract to install a new high-speed local area network (LAN) in the 338,000-square-foot expansion of the main facility and in the existing 133,000-square-foot structure.

  • Supply Chain and Technology Expertise for New Office Campus

    The project called for networking, security and in-building wireless infrastructure on the new campus. Because the new campus required advanced IT and data center electronics to design and test its high-performance network equipment, the company also required the infrastructure supporting these processes to meet its data-intensive needs.

  • Anixter and IBM Help Secure A Large US City

    The challenge: not just deploy surveillance cameras throughout the city’s business district—one of the largest in the U.S.—but also seamlessly integrate them into the recent beautification efforts without sacrificing security.

  • Mine Operator Gains Performance Efficiency

    The mine needed power delivered at 25 kilovolts. This presented challenges in finding the right cable, connectors and installers for the job. An engineer with the mine operator worked with Anixter previously and knew that Anixter’s product knowledge and technical expertise would be integral to the project’s success.

  • Multinational Bank Builds A New Data Center

    As a multinational organization, the bank needed a partner that could work in both countries and manage the local requirements of each region. The two-phase deployment was coordinated out of the Belgian headquarters, which required a partner familiar with the local language as well as ready access to products for the build-out requirements. The bank turned to Anixter because of its global footprint, technical knowledge and international deployment capabilities to help deploy the project.

  • Streamlining An Automation Deployment

    To gain production efficiencies, a global auto manufacturer wanted to update one of its facilities from a fixed manufacturing line to a flexible production system. Because the facility could only produce one car model per production line, manufacturing multiple or custom-model production runs required major retooling to shift capacity from one model to another, risking an idle plant or overproduction as well as a slow speed to market and chronic excessive inventory. To create an automated, flexible production system, the manufacturer decided to implement Ethernet connectivity on the factory floor to replace the fixed production lines.

  • Integrator Partners with Anixter for a Showcase Project

    Anixter worked with the developer to help with the design of the security, access control and LAN cabling throughout the building. Because the integrator needed a simple solution for installing the products, Anixter used its READY!SM Deployment Services to streamline the deployment. Through technical expertise and training, Anixter helped the integrator take on this major risk and mitigate any challenges.

  • Financial Institution Builds a Future-Ready & Green Building

    A major financial institution that principally serves Australia and New Zealand supports nearly 8 million customers in 32 countries by employing 48,000 people worldwide planned to construct one of the largest office buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. The complex and technically advanced building also aimed to achieve a 6 Star Green Rating through the Green Building Council of Australia.

  • Retailer Completes a Global Wi-Fi Solution Deployment

    Being able to adjust to growing market demands has allowed one of the world’s largest fashion distributors to expand internationally at a fast pace. With more than 5,000 stores in 78 countries, it is also one of the largest fashion retailers. In response to a retail industry trend, the company planned to offer its customers free Wi-Fi Internet access at more than 1,000 of its retail locations in 43 countries.

  • Predictability Comes to the Neighborhood Market

    Wanting to enter the U.S. market, one of the largest retailers in the world announced its plan to open more than 200 neighborhood-style grocery stores in the U.S. The U.K.-based retailer targeted 100 of the small 10,000-square-foot stores to open within the first year. Even though each store would be nearly a third the size of an average U.S. supermarket, each location would employ the latest technology to enhance the customer’s shopping experience, such as self-checkout kiosks.

  • Anixter's Network Upgrade Increased Oil Production

    The oil reserves in western Canada are second in size only to Saudi Arabia’s. Production of the high-quality refined petroleum that goes to market from these reserves requires intense extraction and refinement practices. For one of Canada’s largest energy producers, these oil reserves represent its long-term growth strategy to supply petroleum to the North American market. To increase its oil extraction capabilities, the company wanted to link its plants, administration buildings and field camps together with a high-speed data communications network.

  • OEM Gains Inventory Control with READY! Scan

    This global industrial company is one of the leading manufacturers of passenger boarding bridges in the world. With more than 3,000 units installed in airports around the world, the manufacturer also offers a wide range of related products and services.

  • Mobile Warehouse Solution Keeps Operations Center Rolling

    With responsibility for the Fortune 500 company’s operations center, the network integrator knew that it would be necessary to upgrade the cabling system as part of the conversion to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

  • Integrator Uses READY! Camera to Improve Ship Security

    Stretching nearly 1,000 feet in length and with a gross tonnage of nearly 90,000 pounds, the ship boasts a variety of activities from dining and entertainment to pools and nightclubs. Providing security for the crew and guests is essential for the operator. However, upgrading the video surveillance system on a large ocean-going vessel provides a unique challenge: all installations need to be done in the short time a ship is in dry dock. When the operator wanted to upgrade the video surveillance system, it only had a three-week window to complete the project.

  • eBusiness Solution Helps Security Integrator Meet Longterm Goals

    A national provider of integrated access control and security solutions was experiencing an increase in operating costs due to an inefficient inventory management system. Procurement was decentralized. Regional warehouses handled their own inventory management. Each of the company’s six locations could independently place purchase orders, manage suppliers, set pricing and inventory levels. Materials were ordered from the regional office, delivered to headquarters where they were unpacked, warehoused, consolidated and then shipped to the local warehouse.

  • Anixter’s Technical and Supply Chain Expertise Helps to Deliver LEED Building on Time

    The construction site of a 16-story LEED certified office building for a public utility company, located in a crowded downtown area, had no local storage available to house the equipment needed for the building’s telecommunications infrastructure. With a seven-month deployment timeline, the construction of the new headquarters needed a material management solution that delivered the product as it was needed to the contractor on site.

  • Material Management Streamlines Port Terminal Expansion

    A major operator of marine ports wanted to expand its container handling operations at the flagship port with the creation of a new container port. When completed, the new state-of-theart, seven-berth Terminal 2 container port will offer superior service and handling facilities. As part of this expansion, the company wanted to deploy an integrated network infrastructure to provide accurate and efficient coordination of port operations.

  • Oil and Gas Company Gains High-Tech Headquarters with Anixter

    One of the foremost hydrocarbon exploration and production company in the Middle East accounts for more than 90 percent of its country’s crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural-gas supply. The company wanted to build a new headquarters building, which was to be a flagship project that used the latest and greatest networking technologies.

  • Integrator Relies on Anixter's Expertise to Build Two Data Centers for a Bank

    The local team of a global integrator was helping to design two 200-square-meter Tier 3 data centers for a leading European bank. A major concern for the end-user was the limited amount of space. Because of this, the end-user required high-density cabling due to rack space limitations. Along with the physical concerns of constructing a new building for a data center, the bank had concerns about data growth, system performance, network congestion and connectivity architecture, cost of power, cooling and space, fiber availability and power availability.

  • Integrator Leverages READY! Site To Meet Tight Deployment Schedule

    As a leading provider of communications and technology solutions to the U.S. government community, a network integrator was awarded a contract to implement a multimillion dollar project for the U.S. military branches. With an aggressive schedule, broad range of physical site locations (across the U.S. and Puerto Rico) and unique product, technology and engineering requirements, the task called for a precise, coordinated deployment effort to complete the job on time and on budget.

  • Regulatory Body Partners With Anixter on a New Data Center Build

    An independent public body that regulates national electronic communications and audiovisual service markets in Spain establishes and supervises specific obligations that must be met by telecommunications market operators. Its goal is to promote competition in the audiovisual services market, resolve conflicts and act as an arbitrator in disputes between operators.

  • A Timely Response Helps New York Turn the Lights Back On

    Living in the 21st century, it is pretty easy to take modern conveniences such as utilities for granted. However, one fateful day last summer, some unfortunate New Yorkers learned how electricity can disappear in a flash.

  • Anixter Helps a Light Rail Get on Track with READY! Deployment Services

    A Canadian city developed plans to extend its existing light rail public transportation system by adding 12 miles of track and 15 stations in the first phase of a multiyear expansion. With nearly 100,000 riders daily, the system connects the city’s suburbs with its southern edge. The new expansion included railway tunnels that traversed the city’s downtown area. Once completed, the entire system will add 18 miles of track.

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