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Power & Tel

partners to focus on their core competencies," Sims
says. "From the customer side, today's public has an
unprecedented and wide-ranging set of demands for
broadband services, and our customers must place
their financial and intellectual focus on this demand to
meet their corporate objectives. The time, resources
and money they spend toiling in the supply chain takes
away from using these elements to better serve their
customers and challenge their competitors for revenue
dollars. Our services bring optimization and cost
reductions to their operations.
"Our manufacturer partners feel a similar crunch
brought on by the public's demand and a highly competitive marketplace. Their charge is to constantly provide new and cost-effective technologies, then, once
produced, they must be able to seamlessly provided
material where and when it is needed," she adds. "That,
of course, is where we come in by reducing their inventory costs and effectively managing the customers'
supply and demand."
The PTMI program helped one major service
provider achieve significant cost savings by reducing
its cross dock and hub facilities and outsourcing services, resulting in labor savings. The client also implemented an inventory management system that gave it
full visibility to its assets and allowed it to effectively
reposition those assets. Ultimately, the customer
improved its finances while improving its overall supply chain management system by outsourcing its logistics, Power & Tel says.
Along with receiving the right materials at the right
time, PTMI clients can also be assured that transaction,
inventory and other information being transmitted is
timely, accurate and secure. "We understand how
important visibility or transparency of material movement is to our partners, and in many cases, regulations
such as Sarbanes-Oxley require it," Sims notes.
"Electronic transmission of this data through means
such as electronic data interchange (EDI), web-based
on-demand reporting and B2B XML files is vital to
maintaining a seamless transfer of information within
the supply chain, and we are equipped and prepared to
utilize all these methods."

Midwest

Innovation Recognized
Power & Tel Board Chairman and former CEO Jim Pentecost was awarded
the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) "Spirit of Innovation"
award in April 2013. "This prestigious honor highlights how Power & Tel's
innovative approach to supply chain technologies and steadfast focus on
consistent customer service has allowed it to excel in the telecom industry
for half-a-century," his daughter, company CEO Jennifer Pentecost Sims,
said of the award. Past Power & Tel honors include the FedEx Technology
Award, the Telecom Measurement System TL 9000 award and Alpha
Technologies' International Distributor of the Year honor.

cessful in increasing our manufacturer partners' adoption rates for new or enhanced products and for the
opportunity to be an extension of their supply chain,
whether in warehousing, shipping or selling," she says.
Of all of Sims' and her company's accomplishments,
it is Power & Tel's team of which she is most proud. "We
are a family, act like a family and support our partners
like family," she says.
"We're not in the market for an order; we're in it for
our partners' success and the success of the communications industry." mt

Building Trust
Power & Tel's ability to improve its customers' supply
chain operations illustrates its overall focus on building
relationships with its customers. At the heart of these
relationships is trust, which the company feels it has
built up through its 50 years in business through its longtenured staff and family oriented culture, Sims says.
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