Whether you are in the business of building homes, commercial or industrial spaces, constructing outdoor playgrounds, or fixing roads, you need to have your materials arrive on time and in good condition. How can you ensure that your construction materials arrive in a timely manner and will go where you want them to? It's all in the planning.
Procurement of Materials
The first step in getting your materials for whatever job you are doing is to procure the materials from the appropriate suppliers. Since you most likely will be busy with the designing and assigning your workers to their jobs on site, you can assign a procurement manager to do this job for you.
The manager will figure out what materials are needed for each part of the job by reading the design plans and talking to the architect or engineer for the site. They will go over all the specifications, the quantities needed for each piece of material, the scope of the job site, and the work that needs to be done.
Once the procurement manager knows exactly what is needed for the job, they should submit their report for your approval. To go along with the report, there should be several suppliers listed, unless you have already secured your suppliers previously.
Orders Sent to Suppliers
Once you have the information on which materials you need and the quantity of each material, you will now send in your orders to each supplier. You can do this via phone, online, or if it's a new supplier, you may want to go to their storehouse and see what kind of quality materials they have on hand.
It's always a good idea to meet first in person, and if you are able to, take a tour of your supplier's facility to see how the material is processed and obtained, before contracting with them.
You might want all of your supplies delivered at once, or perhaps you would like it staggered, depending on how much work has to be done and when you will get to certain parts of it. Set delivery days and times with each supplier.
Once the material arrives at your construction site at the date and time it's supposed to, take the time to look over each piece to ensure the quality is what you expect and matches what you and the supplier agreed upon. Each construction material delivery should reflect the deal you made with each supplier.