Like most construction employers, you likely are experiencing project delays due to supply chain issues. These problems can be frustrating to you, your employees, and your customers.
Fortunately, you can take steps to minimize project delays due to supply chain issues. These tips can help.
Follow these guidelines to help manage supply chain issues and construction project delays.
Promptly Submit Purchase Orders
The sooner you send a purchase order, the faster you get in line for an item. This increases your odds of receiving the item when needed.
Consider automating your purchase orders. You can use software to monitor the rate at which you need a specific item, predict when you will need the item replenished, and automatically send the vendor a purchase order. This helps maintain your inventory levels.
Implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system may be a valuable automation solution. Using this system can reduce the impact of supply chain issues and minimize project delays.
Monitor Sales Trends
When you see an increase in sales for a certain item, place a purchase order to increase your supply. This reduces the odds of the item being out of stock due to high demand. It also helps you minimize supply chain issues and project delays.
Knowing which products you have and where they are located is important. You can reach this goal by ensuring each product is barcoded and scanned when it arrives.
This process lets you and your employees know in real-time which items you have in stock and which need to be ordered. This helps avoid supply chain issues and project delays.
Proactively Notify Customers
If you anticipate a project delay due to supply chain issues, let your customers know right away. They may already be aware of potential issues. However, it is best to explain the situation and let your customers know you are doing all you can to keep their projects on schedule.
Setting realistic expectations helps your customers understand your situation. Promptly providing updates, including an estimated arrival time, promotes customer satisfaction. This helps manage supply chain issues and project delays.
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