Building Collaborative Supply Chain Relationships for Mutual Benefit and Profit

Strategic Business Solutions (SBS) was originally started as Underhill & Associates in 1988. The Founder, Tim Underhill, was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University at the time. As an Assistant Professor for the Industrial Distribution program, he got involved in the Quality Management Process, but saw a niche focused on building strategic relationships between industrial / heavy commercial end-user customers and suppliers.

After leaving the University, Tim took a position with Red Man Pipe & Supply as their Strategic Alliance Coordinator, and helped sell these relationships on a Total Cost basis. He then developed two software programs for measuring and reporting savings: SalesStrat and SourcingStrat and is the author of two books: Strategic Alliances: Managing the Supply Chain, and Team up! Profit Up! Partners in Channel Cost Reductions.

Today a large range of companies use these programs and the services SBS offers to both sell the value they add based on total cost savings, and purchase on a total cost basis to reduce operating costs and achieve strategic objectives.

Some of SBS’s Clients Include:

  • 3M
  • ABB
  • Alcan
  • Alfa Laval
  • American Transmission Co.
  • Air Gas
  • Anixter
  • Bearing Distributors
  • Border States Electric
  • BP/Amoco
  • Canadian Bearings
  • Chevron
  • Consumers Power
  • Corning Inc.
  • DuPont
  • Exxon/Mobil
  • Fastenal
  • Ferguson / Wolseley
  • Grainger
  • Graybar Electric
  • Haynes International
  • Hubbell Power Systems
  • ITC Transmission
  • International Truck & Engine
  • JLG Industries
  • John Deere
  • Lewis-Goetz
  • McJunkin-Red Man
  • NEC Electronics
  • Office Max
  • Parker Hannifan
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sears-Craftsman
  • SKF
  • Stuart Irby
  • supplyFORCE
  • Swagelok
  • Thomas & Betts
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Victory Packaging
  • We Energies
  • Weber Supply
  • Werner Electric
  • WESCO
  • Wisconsin Gas
  • Wisconsin Natural Gas
  • Wurth

Industries Served Includes:

  • Automotive
  • Distribution
  • Food & Beverages
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Semi Conductor
  • Utilities

Verticals Served Includes:

  • Chemicals
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Equipment
  • Fluid Power
  • General Mill Supplies
  • Lubricants
  • Office Supplies
  • Packaging
  • Paper Products
  • Plastics
  • Power Transmission
  • Safety Supplies
  • Tools & Abrasives