Reptron Aims to Improve Cost Management

Electronics firm implementing Tradec solution to improve quoting efficiency, reduce direct material costs

San Jose, CA — May 20, 2003 — Reptron Electronics is using a direct materials procurement solution from Tradec in a bid to improve its quoting efficiency and reduce its overall direct material costs.

Tampa, Fla.-based Reptron is a provider of electronics distribution and manufacturing services. The company reported 2002 revenues of $320 million and employs about 1,300 people.

Reptron has implemented Tradec's Cost Management System (TCMS), an enterprise software solution that Tradec said is designed to help manufacturing companies reduce material spend, improve productivity and manage supplier relationships.

According to the solution provider, TCMS addresses the cost management cycle from spend analysis through supplier negotiation and compliance monitoring, providing visibility into spending and cost trends, intelligence into projected future costs and control over the cost reduction process.

The solution includes business process modules designed to address commodity management, outsourced manufacturing management, new product introduction and new business quotations.

Mike Walsh, estimating manager at Reptron, said his company selected the Tradec solution because of the breadth and depth of the application, which he believes will ultimately allow the enterprise to improve efficiencies, accelerate turnaround times and reduce its direct material costs. "This should result in significant savings and improved customer service," Walsh added.

"Implementation of a cost management system was strategic to Reptron in our efforts to maintain our goals for growth," said Jake Dungan, vice president of finance and administration at the company. "It has enabled us to work much more efficiently and institute standard processes across the company."