As a former construction professional, one of my everyday pains was ensuring my employees had enough materials on site in order to stay productive. Any loss of productivity would directly affect our project margins. In a business where margins are low, you need to find a way to keep your productivity high.
In the construction industry, there are many ways in which productivity is affected, for me the one that drove me craziest was dealing with small or medium sized shortfalls of materials or missing supplies. If we ran out of materials or supplies that meant wasted time and money. Unfortunately, small and medium shortfalls and missing supplies are pretty much a daily occurrence. We are not talking large orders. Large orders are always well thought out, planned for and easily ordered through a company’s primary supplier. These suppliers deal with delivering large orders very well and have the necessary infrastructure. What I am talking about is items such as; missing nails, not enough sheets of drywall, ABS piping, electrical wire, etc.
To further exacerbate the pain, missing materials are always needed right away. However getting them fast and cost effectively is the problem.
Before GoFor, how would a construction company deal with these shortfalls? First off they’d place the order with their preferred supplier. Once the order is placed the construction company would deal with getting the materials to site in one of four ways.
1. Supplier delivers the materials
In most cases, the order would get shipped to the project site depending on the supplier’s delivery schedule. If everything aligns then on the rare occasion the order is shipped out immediately. However, for the most part, suppliers only have vehicles designed for delivering large orders and thus charge accordingly ($80 to over $120 regardless of the order size/quantity). When you only need a small or medium sized order this can be very costly and again is rarely on-demand.
2. Owner or Manager picks-up the materials
Sometimes the owner or Manager goes and gets the missing materials. As I say, they are a ‘glorified gopher’ spending much of their time running errands whereas their time and focus should be on business that directly drives company revenues. Do you really want the person or persons responsible for keeping projects on time and on budget performing tasks that you can now easily outsource and for less?
3. An on-site employee is sent
Another way companies deal with these shortfalls is they send an employee, usually a labourer from a project, to get the items. This usually means that the employee is gone for an extended period, likely a length of time that you know could be much shorter. They get lost, can’t find the right item, stop and get coffee for the crew. Not only do they take too much time to get the materials but their productivity on the project completely stops and takes even longer to start back up.
4. A full-time employee is sent
Many companies have a full-time employee with a company vehicle running around to their various job sites procuring materials and missing items for them. Is this really the best way in dealing with this? You have an employee who is likely making $15 to $20 per hour, who is using a company vehicle with company insurance. How much is this costing you? What happens if a company has too many projects at the same time making servicing them impossible if demand is high?
GoFor allows you to focus on your projects and their timelines and not worry about the daily issues with materials shortfalls. By using GoFor you can still order through your favorite supplier, simply use our service to pick-up and deliver your orders to your job sites. GoFor will guarantee a super-fast turnaround and will ensure you are getting exactly what you ordered.
GoFor on-demand delivery of building materials allows you to maintain your project productivity while helping you cut costs and save time.