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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter 2020 / Vol 43 No1

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6 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Zirks, LLC, a new business venture, is excited to announce the launch of a cutting-edge importing platform that will empower supply chain managers to reduce expenses and increase efficiency in the face of increasing tariff and supply chain logistics costs. A spin-off of Cleveland-based Earnest Machine, a global importer, master distributor, and manufacturer of fasteners, Zirks was created to solve the industry’s most difficult challenge: reducing lead times on commoditized items without increasing cost. The Zirks model solves both problems by making full containers of commoditized fasteners available for instant purchase the moment they’re on the water. Through a transparent, customerdriven online portal, buyers control their own pricing and timing, based on how much they buy and when they buy it, even if it’s a single pallet. “Being a fastener importer for decades, we knew that little had changed,” says Kirk Zehnder, Zirks’ President. “We wanted to make it better and thought an easy thing to do was simplify importing, aggregate the market demand, and reduce operational expenses and inefficiencies. It was a big question that forced us to get creative.” Zirks allows purchasing, supply chain, and logistics managers to order and receive commodity fasteners from overseas in as little as five days or, at most, five weeks. No longer are they subject to factory delays, unforeseen costs, or excess inventory. Zirks empowers buyers to increase gross margin (up to 30%) on imported commodities through full container purchasing power at single pallet quantities. Zirks is fundamentally shifting the perception of lead time and inventory management while paving the way for convenience and agility. Whether a distributor needs to fill a gap buy or simply wants to eliminate the paperwork and hassle of importing directly, Zirks is effectively leading the charge for faster, smarter importing. Distributors interested in using the Zirks platform can do so at no cost by visiting https:// zirks.io. For more information contact Dan Pongallo, 1-833-571-3778​, inquiry@zirks.io * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Beginning January 2020, North East Fasteners Corporation will have rolled out a major upgrade to its ERP system. Nearly two years in development, this new version comes with many exciting improvements. The NEF team is gaining many powerful tools in virtually every department, which will significantly enhance the NEF customer experience. NEF’s quoting module has been completely re-imagined. For example: The painstaking task of quoting extensive military packages, containing hundreds of items, which usually require days to finish, can now be accomplished in just a fraction of the time. Additionally, quotations can now be sent, not only in PDF format, but also in Excel format. With these encouraging advancements, North East Fasteners is looking forward to another successful year in 2020. NEF is driven to make your fastener buying experience the best in the business. NEF is AS9100/ ISO 9001:2015 certified with a 100% standing for 8 years running. It is also an QSLM Levels 2/3 certified supplier, serving the commercial, military, aerospace and automotive markets. NEF is currently producing a size range of -00- to number 10 diameter fasteners in all types and classes, as well as M1.2 to M4.5 (metric), up to 2 inches (50mm) long. For more information contact North East Fasteners by Tel: 860-589-3242, Fax: 860- 589-6969, email: nef@nef1.com or online at www.nef1.com.

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