A major headache for many facilities managers is the continually rising cost of ice melt products. Factors such as an increase in extreme weather and new environmental regulations imposed by the government have led to a rise in overall prices for bulk rock salt, calcium chloride, etc. This increased demand accompanied by limited supply can be an immense pain point in the cold winter months. You need to be able to buy ice melting products to keep your lots safe, but you also can’t dedicate all your cash flow to these bulk purchases. With this in mind, we’d like to offer you some simple ways you can save money on winter melting and safety products.
First of all, don’t think of these sorts of ice melting products as something your business absolutely must keep on inventory. Keeping these materials on site for an emergency may seem like a good idea, but it’s very unlikely you’ll have the time or the delivery system necessary to make an effective use of them. Rather than try to save money by shoring up materials for the winter, it’s best to just find an expert team and leave the work to them. Ideally they will purchase their product in bulk, cutting costs for you and increasing their capability to be effective.
Also consider this. Say you have an existing relationship with a supplier of bulk rock salt. This means you are subject to any calamity which may befall their supply route. This logistical interference can lead to disaster. Given that their only commitment to you is the transfer of product, they have no extra incentive to get materials to you with expediency. Working with a contractor who supplies their own ice melt salt ensures that technicians working on your lot will have the materials they need to do so. Any expert facilities maintenance contractor will have the capability to make multiple deliveries to multiple locations from their own inventory, saving you time and money in the event of a blizzard.
Something else having your ice melt products supplied by your contractor can do for you is provide you with professional order management, communication, and product tracking. You won’t have to worry about being under-supplied during a weather event, because an expert facilities contractor will have their own highly specialized software system. This gives them the capability to maintain, control, report and check the status of all of your orders, so that you’ll never be left exposed and without materials.
In summary, find a contractor who has their own ice melt products in inventory, the capability to deliver it to multiple locations, and sophisticated tracking software to monitor these processes. When you have that taken care of, you’re free to focus on the service operations that keep your business strong.