Briggs & Stratton integrates SAP with MCA service planning for the aftermarket

Briggs & Stratton Corp.—the largest manufacturer of small, air-cooled engines for lawn, garden, and other outdoor power equipment, has successfully implemented MCA Solutions' Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) suite to increase fill rates, reduce inventory, and continue to provide world-class service to their network of global distribution centers.


Briggs & Stratton Corp .—the largest manufacturer of small, air-cooled engines for lawn, garden, and other outdoor power equipment, has successfully implemented MCA Solutions ' Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) suite to increase fill rates, reduce inventory, and continue to provide world-class service to their network of global distribution centers.
After an extensive evaluation of service parts planning solutions, Briggs & Stratton selected MCA for its advanced forecasting, optimization, and distribution-centric capabilities; and its compatibility and ease o integration with Briggs & Stratton's existing SAP ERP system.
"Trying to project service parts needs has been an immense undertaking," said John Guy, vice president of distribution at Briggs & Stratton. "With MCA Solutions' SPO software, we're able to eliminate the guesswork and accurately manage inventory to save money and consistently meet and exceed our customers' needs."
Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed, and serviced in more than 100 countries. MCA's solution is being used within the aftermarket business unit to support all product lines through the distribution network. SPO enables faster optimization and automated workflow to dramatically increase planner productivity, with the ability to easily scale to support Briggs & Stratton's constantly growing business.
"Briggs & Stratton understands the long-term value in providing efficient and effective after-sales support and is committed to finding and integrating the best solutions on the market," said Bob Salvucci, president and CEO of MCA Solutions. "SPO gives planners one integrated global planning system to ensure the right parts are where they need to be, when they need to be there."
MCA's ongoing commitment to customer satisfaction and product innovation has received immense recognition from leading industry analyst firms and industry giants like SAP—validating MCA's leadership position, and the value of its Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) solution. In the past six months, MCA's won three industry awards for innovation, aftermarket expertise and helping customers dramatically improve after-sales service initiatives.

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