As a commercial or industrial contractor, working on large projects in any industry is a complex job. There are subcontractors to vet and manage, project schedules and budgets to manage as well as ensuring the materials, parts, and supplies are available as needed.
Working with the right industrial distributors on jobs both large and small is one way to make the management of materials and supplies much easier. These companies have the expertise and experience to assist the general contractor in many different ways to limit the problems and issues that can come from using multiple suppliers and trying to juggle inventory, ordering, delivery and material availability.
Complete Selection of On-hand Inventory
The best industrial distributors will have a substantial on-hand inventory of the materials and supplies used in various industries. This will include pipe, valves, fittings, piping accessories and other similar items for industrial contractors.
They will also offer products for construction, waterworks and even telecom industries, which often means one supplier is all that is required for the job. On-hand inventory means less lead time required on orders, which is always an important factor to consider.
Ability to Track Down Hard To Find Parts and Materials
With their relationship with manufacturers, industrial distributors can often locate hard to find parts and materials. The best distributors also have extensive networks of other suppliers to call on, quickly tracking down parts as needed and avoiding significant delays.
Customized Shipping Services
Scheduling deliveries is always a problem and the more suppliers that are involved, the more challenging this becomes. With one distributor that understands your shipping requirements, orders can be scheduled to ensure JIT (Just in Time) delivery of materials.
Talking to distributors will be essential before choosing the right company. Look for customer support, on-hand inventory, supplier reputation and the ability to ship and deliver to your needs.