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Efficiency

Efficiency in delivery

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on July 18, 2018

The delivery hasn’t arrived. No bricks, no timber, no nothing. It’s every project and site managers worst nightmare. It could cost them thousands. 

The knock on effect of inefficiency of deliveries in construction is massive and the ramifications can be felt at all levels of the site. Halting a project for even a day can create delays in areas you wouldn’t even expect, pushing everything back. In a recent report it was noted that only 15% of those interviewed said they had never been involved in a delayed construction site. This means that across the country 85% of the construction sites we see in our cities, towns and villages are delayed.

"Across the country 85% of the construction sites we see in our cities, towns and villages are delayed."

Aside from financial costs, the timing issues this creates could be overwhelming. If you’ve booked in an electrician for the 3rd and the date is pushed back to the 7th, who’s to say that electrician won’t be busy on that day? Maybe he’s booked up for the next 10 days! Or perhaps construction needed to be finished before bad weather comes in. 

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Arrrgh! It doesn’t bare thinking about!

Some of the biggest causes of delays to a delivery tend to include:
- Orders are considered too small by the suppliers.
- Issues in customs
- A lack of incentive to deliver on time - penalty clauses etc.
- Merchants waiting for stock to come to them from suppliers

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So, what can you do?

"There are a number of apps and software options available to make this easier for you."

Well, if you’re lucky you have a supplier you can trust to deliver on time when you order in advance - the dream! But, what else?

Planning ahead of time is so important. There are a number of apps and software options available to make this easier for you. BIM is a holistic approach to project management, allowing you to manage all aspects of your project from one digital source.

We can’t always predict the weather and we have to account for human error. It happens and it’s annoying. Being prepared for the inevitability of problems in a project can actually act as a preventative measure.

efficiency delivery sibony[Photo Credit: Siboney CC]

"BIM is a holistic approach to project management, allowing you to manage all aspects of your project from one digital source."

Crisis planning can sometimes feel like you are willing bad things to happen. I know I can feel like that at times!

At Bobtrade, we try to reduce the likelihood of these situations by having a positive working relationship with our suppliers. The closer we work with merchants the better understanding they have of what we expect from them and what they expect from us.

"The closer we work with merchants the better understanding they have of what we expect from them and what they expect from us."

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AUTHOR
Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.