OPTIMIZING THE MARKET RESEARCH PROCESS FOR PROCUREMENT TEAMS

Sustainment has built a software and AI platform to modernize and streamline the way that government procurement teams source from and engage with the US manufacturing economy.

Our Thesis

Today, the US faces a shrinking industrial base from decades of consolidation and outsourcing.

For our government partners, finding and engaging with vendors is a major strategic issue. Many replacement parts cannot be manufactured at all due to obsolescence, and critical data about military equipment are easily obtainable and often unsecure.

The resulting issues create excessive overspend for replacement parts and lead to negative impacts on national security. This is a challenge we’re solving through a secure, intelligent marketplace that connects US manufacturing vendors to government partners in a streamlined interface.

Sustainment's Value

  • Sustainment’s platform helps sourcing officers securely and efficiently find and connect with our dynamic database of vetted American manufacturing vendors, decreasing time and cost of market research.
  • Process inputs are intelligently connected to Sustainment’s comprehensive database of US manufacturers.
  • Find, filter, and manage new qualified manufacturing vendors to build larger, dependable US-based supply chain.
  • Multiple users can efficiently collaborate virtually on market research processes.
  • Leaders have access to analytics across all sourcing activities to identify efficiencies and process improvements.

The Results

  • Save time with Sustainment’s workflows, team documentation hub, and collaboration toolkit, all based on existing Market Research processes.
  • Broaden local vendor networks to increase supply chain agility and responsiveness to demand and risk.
  • Using Sustainment’s intelligent search helps find more vendors that suit program needs, leading to increased supply chain resilience, vendor diversity, and small business awards.
  • Increase competition for fewer sole source awards, more competitive pricing, and more small business awards.

HOW IT WORKS

Streamlined Market Research Process

Input part information

Intelligent product automatically adjusts forms and templates based on type of market research being conducted.

Search the database

Prioritized results featuring vendors most likely to have the capacity to support requirement, pulled from multiple databases and Sustainment’s proprietary dataset.

Collaborate, track, and optimize

Directly engage with colleagues, manage market research for your team, and identify process efficiencies, complete with messaging, shareable strategies, and customizable templates.

Our Vision For Modernizing Industry Engagement

Sustainment Technologies is using the Internet of Things and secure links to build an automated market research capability to search the web to connect parts and suppliers with Air Force Sustainment Center needs. The user, 448th Supply Chain Management Wing at Tinker AFB, considers this a significant time-saver for each market research action. The Director of Special Programs said, “This lays the groundwork for digital network confirmation of the sourcing ecosystem.”

Rapid Sustainment Office, Quarterly Report, Q1 2020

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