Sustainable Quality and Cost Savings

You’re losing out if cost savings are not ongoing.

For some, value in procurement can be seen as coming only from the deal. Still, how do you think your clients would prefer you to spend your time: tied up with underperforming vendors or finding more ways to save them money?

The most savvy procurement managers look for ongoing, sustainable savings.

That’s because clients today realize that the lowest product cost doesn’t equate to the lowest total cost. They recognize the value of procurement innovations that continuously shed redundancies and bring in the right material to the right place at the right time. From there, they no longer have to deal with the hassle of pursuing vendors and deals that aren’t as rewarding as they seem.

Small players, big impact

While comprising only a small portion of the U.S. manufacturing process, gases, welding and safety products have an enormous impact on productivity (a 2002 study cites a figure of $34.1 billion across several industries for welding alone). Imagine if you could catalyze the rest of your clients’ process by jumpstarting it with what they need for production, repairs and everyday efforts.

Draw on one source with many options

With Airgas, an Air Liquide company, you get all your gases, welding and safety products through one supply chain. The diversity of our offerings is backed by an ability to deliver expediently and with products that fit your client’s application.

In addition to our unique offerings, we add the strength and reliability of a national footprint of more than 1,400 locations, the expertise of approximately 17,000 associates and a robust eProcurement platform. In terms of volume of selection, we offer the following:

  • 10 million cylinders
  • 300 high-pressure cylinder-fill plants
  • 16 air-separation units
  • 14,500 tanks for bulk gases
  • 350 FDA-registered medical gas facilities
  • 66 regional specialty gas labs
  • 10 national labs dedicated to specialty gas
  • 45 Red-D-Arc® locations and Airgas construction stores in North America
  • 6 national distribution centers that add safety products, gas equipment and more to all your welding needs

Airgas covers all the gases your clients may need in:

Our national footprint diminishes travel times and keeps businesses running smoothly coast to coast. Besides the money-saving guidance we offer in product selection and application, we also stand out by providing your clients with procurement innovation that provides fully integrated purchasing.

A streamlined solution for consistent savings

Sustainability in savings comes from the innovative efficiencies our supply chain provides, along with the leverage afforded by dealing consistently with one supplier for all your client needs related to gases, welding and safety.

We go beyond initial savings by delivering products of consistent quality and cost. Meanwhile, we keep employing strategic purchasing programs to help you save money and aid production while precluding the risk that comes from trying to vet other vendors.

Just as we continuously review your supply chain, we offer expertise on product application. We can also help you reduce labor costs and save time through on-site inventory management. Safety and productivity can be enhanced as we take over cylinder management on behalf of your clients. more time to focus on other areas, your clients’ employees can concentrate on generating greater value.

Airgas OUTLOOK® Managed Services is our total smart buying solution that continuously delivers by instilling efficiencies into your supply chain that we’re always adding to. How does it work? Accrued costs decrease as it eliminates waste, bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Electronic inventory tracking is combined with balance and consumption data that eliminates paperwork and manual entry errors. This layered approach typically provides a 95% reduction in gas-related incidents.

We offer services such as turnaround planning and monitoring, fall protection and general safety training, benefits your workforce while saving your clients time and money.

Reduce storage costs

With our ubiquitous, well coordinated and rapid supply chain, we can lower your clients’ on-site storage costs. As a procurement officer, you’re freed up to look for greater efficiencies in other areas of your supply chain areas. Meanwhile, we constantly have our fingers on the pulse of our portion of your clients’ supply chain as we look to implement more money-saving efficiencies.

The Airgas advantage is every procurement manager’s best friend: a smart, efficient, all-in-one supply chain that saves money by helping you eliminate waste and increase efficiency.

Supply Chain

Manage gases & hardgoods with Airgas OUTLOOK® Managed Services

Eliminate waste, realize savings with a complete supply-chain solution for gases, welding and safety products that streamlines the whole management process.

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Digital Integration

Connect savings & convenience

Simplify your purchase-to-pay process by integrating your procurement software or ERP system with a solution that maximizes workflow.


Multichannel Services

Get whatever you need. Anytime. Anywhere.

With nationwide locations, industry specialists, a dedicated telesales team and a robust eProcurement platform, we’re always there for you—in more ways than one.

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