When working in the field in Texas, not having the right part or component is sometimes a significant problem. For oil fields close to major centers, it is relatively easy to find an industrial supplier specializing in oil field parts and components for same day delivery.
However, in west Texas, or even into New Mexico, finding a supplier of industrial hose fittings is a challenge. It is not likely that the quality, size or specialized fitting type is available through a same day delivery service, which puts oil field suppliers at a disadvantage.
It is also difficult for a company selling directly to oil field companies to keep all of the possible industrial hose fittings required in stock. A better and more cost-effective option is to work closely with a stocking manufacturers’ representative located in the area.
Know Products Required
Not all stocking manufacturers’ representatives are the same, and some only carry the basics in inventory while others carry a wider variety of industrial hose fittings specifically used in the oil field.
The second type of distributor is an advantage for any company. These distributors know the products that are in demand, and they strive to maintain an adequate inventory level to be able to fill the same day or next day orders for their customers.
This is a combination of experience in working with sellers and also in knowing the type of equipment used in the field as well as the uses for the hose fittings. With this combination of knowledge and expertise, they can easily predict the types of fittings required and place orders to maintain an adequate inventory level.
Take the time to talk to stocking manufacturers’ representatives and ask about their inventory, the parts, and components they stock, and their ability to fill standard or custom orders. This information allows any seller to choose the best distributor to partner with for managing their inventory.