PCB supplier ALR Services has announced a number of measures to help its customers stay competitive and in control of their PCB costs during these difficult times for the UK electronics industry. These include free tooling for all new customers on their first orders, plus the opportunity to participate in our innovative Consignment Stock scheme, which has been designed to help customers minimise the amount of cash tied-up in PCB inventory.
To coincide with its participation in the Southern Electronics Show 2009 (FIVE, Farnborough 11th-12th February 2009), the company be offering free tooling to all new customers placing their first orders in January, February and March. ALR spends in excess of £4m annually on bare boards alone, which gives it considerable leverage when it comes to ensuring to most competitive pricing. Combined with the free tooling offer, this means significant savings for customers. The same buying-power also ensures high-quality reliable delivery, together with the outstanding levels of customer service and support for which ALR has become well-known within the industry.
ALR’s support extends to operating a variety of inventory control schemes, intended to help customers achieve optimum levels of manufacturing efficiency and control of cash flow. It was the first PCB supplier in the UK to offer a Consignment Stock system. Under this scheme, six month’s supply of PCBs are purchased and delivered to the customer in one shipment, delivering a substantial cost saving and incurring just one delivery charge. The customer reports back to ALR the number of boards used on a monthly basis, and they are invoiced for that amount only. The advantages of this scheme are many: ALR’s considerable buying power reduces unit cost to the bare minimum; the flexibility of having stock held on their premises means no waiting for PCB’s to be delivered, making the assembly process much more responsive, yet as the customer only pays for the amount of boards used in a particular month, the amount of cash tied-up in stock or goods for resale is minimised.
From initial prototyping, to full production, shipping, stock-holding and delivery, ALR manages the complete supply chain on behalf of its customers and is able to supply all printed circuit board technologies, in any quantity and on the most demanding of lead times. Unlike some other suppliers, it is not tied to any particular manufacturer or manufacturing process, allowing it the freedom to match customer requirements to the manufacturer best placed to service them. ALR’s UK-based suppliers offer fast turnaround times – typically 24 hours – for small quantities; higher volume PCBs are sourced from one of its six approved manufacturers in Asia.
ALR’s 14-year record of success is testimony to its ability to deliver real value to its customers – even when times are tough. And as if the sweet sound of cash in the till wasn’t enough, one lucky visitor each day to its stand at Southern Electronics will be walking away with an iPod in its free prize draw. Visit stand A42 at Southern Electronics to learn more about ALR’s commitment to customer support and to take advantage of the free tooling offer.