Buy Auto Parts Case Study

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One of the leading online auto parts distributors worldwide gained 528% ROI with Vanguard planning platform

One of the leading online auto parts distributors worldwide faced challenges managing a very complex supply chain with three distinct sourcing channels. With a mission to make it “Easy to Buy Auto Parts,” they focused their planning efforts on high order fulfillment. This meant they planned to keep in stock, come rain or shine whether through a domestic supplier, an international shipment, or the drop-ship option!

When it came to stocking over 100,000 parts, planners at Buy Auto Parts would make their best guess as to which channel to choose to source each item. Doing all this work in spreadsheets became disjointed and error-prone. Buy Auto Parts was carrying a lot of cash in inventory because their planners were having trouble matching the demand curves to their inventory plan, and would lean toward fulfillment when unsure.

Buy Auto Parts approached Vanguard with its current start of challenges and was quickly impressed with the scalability of the Vanguard Planning Platform. Results were visible from the beginning. Planners and business analysts were quickly able to understand the sales cycle curves and trusted the tool to handle the lead and cost variations between categories.

“From the first time we loaded our data into Vanguard, we’ve been happy with the results. With heightening our understanding of sales cycle curves, the immense flexibility and responsiveness of the platform, and providing a single view of all items and categories, we’ve had a very positive experience.” -Renee Thomas Jacobs, CEO, Buy Auto Parts

“From the first time we loaded our data into Vanguard, we’ve been happy with the results. Between heightening our understanding of sales cycle curves, the immense flexibility and responsiveness of the platform, and providing a single view of all items.”

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