Construction companies could be missing out on vast savings by only viewing sections of their supply-chain in isolation, rather than the whole system as one according to optimisation experts Daylight Supply Chain Services.
The application of supply-chain management techniques has already saved millions of pounds for companies across the world, whilst at the same time improving customer experiences by ensuring deliveries are on time and at the correct location.
Tony Hardy, managing director of Daylight, said keeping tight control on the supply-chain has to be appropriate for the construction industry, where project progress and deadlines can change on an hourly basis.
"Shifting resource allocation is a major driver of project costs in the construction industry and indeed a major way in which savings can be made. There is a need for integrated analysis across the entire supply-chain from supplier to contractor to identify where savings can be made.
"For many it is intuitive to believe that keeping each individual cost in the supply-chain to a minimum is the best way to achieve the lowest overall cost. In reality the most effective way of keeping costs down is by enabling improved coordination, control, and supplier relationships," he said.
Daylight systems empower manufacturers, retailers and distributors of all kinds to keep their supply chains aligned by accurately monitoring their own activity and that of each of their suppliers.
Tess Morley, Client Services Manager at construction company Chalcroft, said supply chains are an important consideration.
"Getting the supply chain correct is essential both from a cost-effective point of view and when ensuring clients get their projects delivered on time and on budget. We have been examining software like this to assist us in continuing to be a leading provider of cold stores and distribution centres in the food sector," she said.
Mr Hardy added: "Software systems designed by Daylight develop mutually beneficial relationships between customers and suppliers by increasing collaboration and transparency, and speeding up cross business processes. This has saved our clients more than £3million over the last year."
The overall solutions supplied by Daylight reduce lead times, reduce administration traffic, and optimise stock positioning freeing cash and empowering everyone in the supply chain to work more effectively.