One of the most immediate and visible benefits to the iForge is ordering the most-needed items virtually takes care of itself, while careful regular stock checks avoid any unexpected shortages.
For students who have come to rely on the iForge this means a steady supply of the products they need is always on hand. Furthermore, the quality of those products is assured, so they needn’t worry about parts failing, leading to problems with their finished work, and they don’t have to source their own, cheaper parts. “The feedback we get from students is overwhelmingly extremely positive. But as the facility grows, the pressure to keep it operating smoothly grows with it and the more time can be taken up keeping everything in order. RS ScanStock® has freed up a lot of time for us.” says iForge Lead Technician Ryan Jones.
Beyond this, RS is getting more heavily involved in iForge activities, even sponsoring a recent hackathon event, providing not just components but practical hands-on advice and guidance on the day, too. Growing a relationship like this, and finding new places to add value, is one of the core ways RS sets itself apart in a competitive market.