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Equipment Depot selected to adopt Amazon Web Services cloud-based app

By Brock Huffstutler

December 10, 2023

Equipment Depot, Houston, has been selected by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to adopt AWS Supply Chain, a cloud-based application.

Equipment Depot said that as an early adopter in the material handling industry, AWS Supply Chain is designed to increase supply chain visibility to make faster, more informed decisions that mitigate risks and lower costs. The company added that AWS Supply Chain’s primary directive will focus on Equipment Depot’s inventory of $22 million in parts.

“We have over 50 branches covering 3,000 miles, plus 850 technicians; the AWS Supply Chain technology will provide machine learning (ML) technology capable of anticipating low parts inventory and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) delays and reallocating parts to multiple branches and service fleets with real-time forecasting,” said Joakim Langkaas, director of operations at Equipment Depot. “AWS Supply Chain automatically combines and analyzes data across multiple platforms, finding trends and quickly taking inventory rebalancing actions. We are pleased to include the AWS Supply Chain technology in our overall digital transformation strategy.”

Equipment Depot described AWS Supply Chain as a cloud-based application that unifies data and provides ML-powered actionable insights, built-in contextual collaboration and demand planning. The company said the application can connect to existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management systems without re-platforming, upfront licensing fees or long-term commitments, and that AWS Supply Chain will increase focus on data-driven supply decisions by leveraging advanced algorithmic capabilities within a simple and intuitive interface.

“AWS Supply Chain introduces ML and predictive maintenance capabilities to our supply chain operations. This allows us to provide an even greater customer experience by ensuring our technicians are fully equipped during customer service calls, resulting in increased speed of service, decreased equipment downtime, and an improved customer experience. I’m excited to witness the impact on customer experience, our technicians and our entire process in the parts department,” said Carol Tesarek, director of customer experience at Equipment Depot.