Why Thomas Scientific?

Serving the scientific community for over 100 years, we put our customers first!
We have partnered with hundreds of customers to provide best-in-class vendor managed inventory programs with you in mind. We have a proven track record to manage customer inventory freeing you up to manage your business.

Let us be your Integrated Partner!             pdf  TIMS Vendor Managed Inventory Brochure

We offer various level programs to suit your needs

  • Level 1: Products delivered to Dock or Staging Area
  • Level 2: Stockroom Management and De-trashing Service
  • Level 3: Point-of-Use, Gown Room Management, De-trashing Service
  • On-site Service: On-site Materials Management, Gown Room Management, De-trashing Service
  • Integrated Services: Specialized Services, Warehouse Management, Kitting Service
Program Level Service Description Delivery Service Customer Service Inventory Management SOW Reporting Recycling
Level 1 VMI DOCK: Service customers to their receiving dock Thomas Truck Cart / De-trashed Yes VMI Driver Yes Yes
Level 2 VMI ROOM: Service to the customers stockroom or storage area Thomas Truck Cart / De-trashed Yes VMI Driver / Cloud Mobile Inv Yes Yes Yes
Level 3 VMI POU: Service to the point-of-use Lab or Gownroom Thomas Truck Cart / De-trashed Yes VMI Driver / Cloud Mobile Inv Yes Yes Yes
On-Site Service ON-SITE: Customer on-site inventory management within the customer’s facility Thomas Truck Cart / De-trashed Yes VMI Driver / Cloud Mobile Inv Yes Yes Yes
Integrated Services INTEGRATED SERVICES: Provide customer on-site specialized services beyond traditional services Thomas Truck Cart / De-trashed Yes VMI Driver / Cloud Mobile Inv Yes Yes Yes


Thomas Inventory Management Solutions Powered by Cloud-Based Technology

Thomas Scientific leverages best-in-class Clear Spider cloud-based inventory management software that gives clients access to real-time information providing more visibility in the supply chain reducing risk and improving inventory management. Our cloud-based mobile app provides enhanced user experience while lowering maintenance and management costs.

  1. Our cloud-based platform is easy-to-implement and easy-to-use. Get your organization up and running in a snap.
  2. Our software can be out-of-the-box or customized to suit your unique business needs – part numbers, shelf life, lot numbers, etc.
  3. Scanning your items increases efficiency and accuracy. Information is captured and posted by Thomas Scientific through a cloud-based mobile app, quickly communicating inventory availability.
  4. Standardized or customized reporting for efficient inventory planning and control.
  5. You can have multiple users with various access levels and permissions to streamline collaboration. Having everyone on the same page saves you time and money.
  6. Since your inventory data resides in the cloud, you have real-time access 24/7 from any device.
  7. The system alerts you when you need to restock product. This makes your business practices more efficient. Pick the right algorithm to minimize your inventory spending.
  8. You will always be operating on the most current inventory platform with no maintenance required.

VMI is a process where the supplier generates orders for the customer based on demand information sent by the customer. During this process the supplier is guided by mutually agreed to objectives for inventory levels, fill rates and transaction costs.

There are two EDI transactions at the heart of the process. The first is the Product Activity Record, frequently referred to as an 852. The data contained in this document are sales and inventory information. The inventory data is typically segmented into various groups such as on hand, on order, committed, back ordered and so forth. This transaction is the backbone of VMI and is sent by the customer on a prearranged schedule, typically, daily. The decision to order is based on this data.

The business process fed by this data is relatively simple. The supplier reviews the information that has been sent in by the customer on the 852 to determine if an order is needed. This review of the data varies by supplier and the software being used, but, many things are consistent.

Customer Testimonials

Totally Effortless!

"Thomas has made it incredibly easy to manage our clean room material. We worked collaboratively to identify the min-max quantities of our material, and after that he has completely been self-sufficient. He fills our racks, makes recommendations that could save us money, and ensures that the process is running smoothly. The only thing I do every week is receive a copy of the material ordered – totally effortless!"

Sean D., Production Supervisor at
a Western US Surgical Systems Manufacturer

A True Representation of Partnership!

"The deployment of Thomas Scientific as a VMI program within our Austin site has aided tremendously in the reduction of managing daily consumable items. This action has freed up UCT employee actions to be used more towards our core competency deliverables. With this introduction our local representative of Thomas Scientific, Melodee Slade, has been a blessing to our Team. Melodee’ s engagement  our towardbusiness, business needs and interactions within our Team members and Management has been a tremendous benefit. Prior to the global pandemic, Melodee had the foresight to review, identify, and obtain items, that are critical to our business operations, well ahead of global stock outs. This is a true representation of partnership and a great understanding of our business continuity, as we look forward to many more years of service."

Thomas L., Production Supervisor and Warehouse Manager for
a Supplier of Critical Subsystems, Ultra-High Purity Cleaning and
Analytical Services to the Semiconductor Industry

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