Ways to Mitigate the Supply Chain Issues

Apr 30, 2022Construction Industry, Construction News

Contractors are being squeezed by rising material expenditures, a limited supply, and delayed delivery. On top of that, there’s an increase in consumer demand against the backdrop of ever-increasing material costs, which is straining contractors looking for a way out. 


Contractors may even have the power to address many issues they are presently facing — especially those linked with supply chain strain. Here are three methods in which construction companies may assist:


Understand your suppliers’ demands.

Suppliers' demands

Suppliers’ inventory and products they know will sell more immediately as a result of this technique minimizing storage concerns, the risk of theft, and additional capital outlays. 


Holding massive product quantities or quantities that take up a lot of physical room adds a significant cost and hassle factor, forcing suppliers to shift inventory from one area to another, risking damage, and taking up in-demand product space.


Suppliers frequently promise products long before they sell them, a practice that is generally based on the “best guess” method. As a result, goods bought may be the incorrect ones. Even if sourced correctly, inventory estimates can lead to under or overstock, which is an expensive mistake that frequently finds its way into pricing passed on to supplier’s clients.


Suppliers want to sell more and become a one-stop-shop for commercial contractors. Many, on the other hand, struggle with smaller staffs, inventory storage capacity, and free cash on hand, leaving them in a more reactionary role. This also has a trickle-down effect on all those with whom the supplier does business.


Make a timetable for anticipated supply chain demand.

Learn why material management is so important and how it can improve the construction cycle time. Steel studs (along with a variety of other supplies) were required on site after roughly 60 to 90 days of foundation work.


Communicate quantity requests and product SKUs to your supplier in advance, giving them enough time to obtain what was needed to fill the order more cost-effectively. Thus, avoiding supply chain issues in the future. By initially giving the suppliers what they required, you might get even better product pricing, reduce construction cycle time, and improve production capacity after a year of watching material costs and engaging with my suppliers.


Providing 30, 60, and even 90-day advance notice windows resulted in the most savings (and partnership benefit). Providing time to prepare for future purchases allows suppliers to discover items at lower costs, resulting in additional revenue for their clients. They can also more confidently promise delivery when required rather than storing unneeded goods or material with shipment delays that set everyone back.


Contractors that understand the importance of supplier ties and cooperation will be able to order with longer lead times.  


Create supplier loyalty.

supplier loyalty

When contractors make last-minute changes or threaten to purchase from a competing supplier to save money, problems for suppliers get worse. Commercial contractors have been known to use delaying the process of subcontracting out in the hopes of obtaining a cheaper price (i.e., buy-out). 


These methods have little effect in resolving the problem and instead cause harm by dividing ties and adding delays that may have been avoided if you worked together with an existing supplier more effectively.


The secret to their success is straightforward. Dealers run more efficiently when they have early knowledge of product demand. As a result, builders and contractors may do the same. The side benefits include a better (and less contentious) relationship and lower operating expenses for everyone.


It’s critical to remain loyal and affiliate with suppliers who see your relationship as a long-term partnership rather than simply a one-time transaction.


The present structure climate, as well as the additional insults of raw material price inflation, restricted product availability. It also resulted in increased shipping charges, demand that our sector reverse the script and invert its previously established procedures to allow suppliers what they need to keep the flow of products and materials moving.

United Hoist has been excellent to work with from the initial pricing phase throughout on site operation.  They have met all the dates needed on site to erect the hoist and have continued to service as scheduled/needed.  Our estimating, management and field staff have been pleased with United Hoist on our projects.

Heath M.

Vice President

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