Building Supply Delivery Must Be Quick and Efficient

Whether you’re an independent contractor or you manage a construction company, you depend on suppliers. You have your preferred vendors who provide the building materials you need. Most of the time, things run smoothly.

However, what about the day when something unexpected happens? For example, an out-of-state supplier amends the delivery procedure, resulting in delays moving forward. Or, one located two time zones away runs into an unforeseen snag, such as a surprise blizzard that prevents your shipment from getting through. The materials you were counting on are now a no-show. You are stuck, unable to proceed until your building supply shipment arrives. Your whole schedule experiences an unanticipated, very costly delay.

Sound familiar? Many businesses operate this way. Everything goes great until the day that a critical delivery is late by a few days. In some cases, this setback can be enough to prompt your clients to cancel a project and go with a different contractor. Needless to say, this can be devastating to your business.

When You Need Same Day Delivery

When the construction industry is booming and contractors are busy working overtime to remodel clients’ businesses and homes, schedules are extremely tight. You can’t afford a multi-day delay. Even a one-day interruption can have repercussions.

What’s more, there may be times when you unexpectedly run out of lumber or other materials. Say a stock of lumber catches fire and is ruined, or your ordering specialist made a miscalculation, and you find yourself with less material than you thought you had. Real-life scenarios such as these make same-day building supply deliveries crucial to the success of any construction-related business.

Local Delivery Offers Many Benefits

There are other key advantages to buying building materials from a local supplier rather than dealing with a business that’s many miles away. They include:

– Getting on the phone and ordering something for immediate delivery
– Driving directly to the business and choosing the inventory you want
– Establishing a personal, face-to-face relationship with your supplier
– Having a trusted, go-to building supply provider in the area that will work diligently to meet your special requests

Having a local supplier gives you peace of mind. In any unforeseen emergency, the chances are excellent that they’ll be able to help. A provider located far away won’t be able to help in a pinch.

Other Building Supply Delivery Considerations

When you work with a local supplier, you can quickly gauge the reliability of the company. You’ll know soon whether or not they’re right for you. With a long-distance provider, it may take longer to determine how reliable they are.

In construction, getting your materials on time translates to greater efficiency and ultimately, better profits. Any delay wastes money. What’s more, if you receive a shipment where the quality of the materials doesn’t meet your standards, a local company can do a same-day turnaround, shipping higher-quality supplies by the end of the day. A distant supplier will never be able to match that.

The bottom line is this: for quicker delivery and a smoother ordering process, go local.

Protect Your Building Supplies From the Weather in an Open Truck

Do you transport building supplies in an open pickup truck, a flatbed truck, or even a flatbed tractor trailer? Much of the time the weather is either damp and rainy, or snowing (in the winter areas of North America). With the price of building supplies these days, contractors and renovation people need to protect their shipments.

You can put that expensive sheet of oak or birch plywood in your truck as is, and take your chances that it will stay sunny until you get to the job site, or on a rainy day, wrap that sheet in plastic or with a tarp. But a few miles down the road, the wind catches it and tears it off. It’s raining now and your wood is getting wet.

There is a least one product on the market that can prevent this, is reusable, made partly with recycled plastic and is easy to load. It is made of woven polyethylene and is like an envelope, or “pouch”. The open end is covered with Velcro, so that when you slide in your building materials, you seal the open end with the Velcro. It is now watertight.

The plywood pouch is just over 4 feet wide x 8 feet and can hold about 8-10 sheets of ¾” plywood or other sheet goods. This pouch is also ideal for shipping sheets of drywall. Building supply companies often ship 10-20 sheets of ½” drywall on a flatbed truck and many delivery people say it seems most people order it like this on a rainy day. The previous method has been to wrap it with a tarp (if they can find one and lots of rope or straps in the building supply yard, or wrap it in thin, flimsy plastic, holding it down with staples.

The plastic easily rips in the wind (and that’s what you get at 50 miles per hour down the road) or a few staples get left behind and are found the hard way (“ouch!”) by the drywall hanger. All this plastic ends up in the landfill. These reusable pouches eliminate that problem and help protect our fragile environment.

Other sizes are also available: you can get a 3 feet x 17 feet pouch for transporting baseboard moulding and other long boards. There are covers available for a full 32-sheet lift of drywall usually delivered by boom truck from the building supply.

There’s a pallet cover for feed companies to cover a pallet of feed, seed or other material usually shipped in paper bags. Corn seed is very expensive and makes the cost of the reusable pouch a great investment.

Almost any size pouch can be made to order. You need a mattress cover? No problem. Kayak cover? Sure. Cover for your grain drill? Absolutely. Contact the right people and you can order whatever size you need.