Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall) recently installed Fastenal vending machines at the company’s El Dorado branch. The machines provide an option for technicians to purchase personal protective equipment/shop supplies in a convenient way, with no cost to the company.
With this new vending system comes several benefits including: on-demand purchasing of personal protective equipment (PPE), potential for tool-specific requisition management, cost savings, reduced need to purchase parts from branch’s in-house Parts Department which increases productivity for both teams (service and parts).
“We are not only saving time for the technicians, but it’s saving time for our counter folks as well, because they aren’t having to pull the parts or restock the parts,” said Tracey Gibbs, Regional Director of Parts, referring to the boost to efficiency that the new vending system provides.
By supplying a percentage of Fastenal Exclusive Line products the new vending system saves the company about $4320 annually, according to Gibbs.
“We estimate that we will save over $3500 at this branch annually, which could be significant savings for each additional branch we add,” said Gibbs, referring to the El Dorado branch. “We will continue to monitor and keep our fastest moving items stocked in them. Another benefit is our technicians and truck drivers are able to access these machines after hours.”
Fastenal stocks and replenishes their vending systems on a weekly basis.
Thank you to the Fastenal team for providing the El Dorado branch the tools and resources they needed to create a more efficient and productive operation.