Supply Chain Management Tips Your Contracting Business Needs

With big plans for construction in California mixed with a labor shortage, trying to balance everything you need for your business can be tricky. There’s a lot of potential for steady work in the next few years. A significant amount of your success hangs on the consistency of your supply chain. Here’s a few ways you can manage your supply chain to ensure that you have methods to get what you need, when you need it.

Pay Attention to Current Trends

Periodically, you’ll read about a new construction product or process that is taking the industry by storm. This is good information to understand, particularly as it relates to your field. Prices for materials and labor go up and down depending on the season, availability and other factors. Trends that make one material much more popular could increase demand that makes it harder for you to buy it when you need it. If you know what’s on the horizon, you can plan for the changes to the market.

Research Your Suppliers

When you start your business, you might spend a lot of time researching possible suppliers and manufacturers. This might include:

You might also want to investigate the company’s history and reliability. If sustainable materials or manufacturing practices are important to you, you should look for businesses that meet the bill. Once you establish this information, keep tabs on it. The success of your work depends on your suppliers’ ability to meet your demand. You don’t want to rely on old information that no longer applies.

Document Your Supply Chain

Once you have the information, it’s practical to keep it in a central location that is easy to access and update. Start by writing down everything you know and confirm that you aren’t missing any necessary details. Host some of your research in an application or in the cloud so you can refer back to it from anywhere you are. Making an electronic copy helps you avoid looking for the same information over and over again. It also makes it easier to delegate the work to someone else without requiring them to start over.

Identify Regular Weaknesses

Everyone has times when they know that there will be difficulties getting supplies or manufactured components necessary for their business. During the summer, lots of incoming orders can lead to backlogs in fulfillment. If the local manufacturing industry is in flux, it might be difficult to know who is going to still be providing services in a year or two. Think about weaknesses in the supply chain that you can anticipate coming up at various points throughout the year. This will help you create a plan to minimize the effect they have on your workflow.

Create Strategies for Unexpected Delays

As you probably already know, one of the most common problems in construction involves delays in project completion. Although you can manage your own processes to cut down on lost time as much as possible, there’s only so much you can do to hurry a third party. Instead, think about the following strategies to avoid delays:

Remember that delays usually only look bad to customers if they cause the project to run past its predicted timelines. If you can anticipate the worst of it, you can prepare for it.

Managing your supply chain is an important part of running a contracting business. Getting the work done on time and to specification helps you succeed. To learn more about fulfilling your dream of becoming a contractor, contact CSLS today!