Airgas Case Study

Airgas, Inc. is the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and welding equipment and supplies in the United States. The company is also one of the largest national distributors of safety products, a leading source of nitrous oxide, dry ice and liquid carbon dioxide, as well as process chemicals, refrigerants and ammonia products. In order to optimize its inventory, reduce costs and drive customer satisfaction, Airgas sought to gain an enterprise-wide view of supply and demand. Leveraging JDA’s Intelligent Fulfillment solution, it realized the following results:

  • Reduced days-on-hand inventory by 21 percent
  • Increased customer fill rates from 89 percent to nearly 95 percent
  • Limited the increase in number of buyers/planners to 13 percent even though the company’s revenue grew by nearly 300 percent
  • Significantly improved purchasing productivity