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Lean Construction Increases Margins

If you want to get more profits out of your construction or real estate development firm, it may be time to embrace lean construction principles. While Toyota developed lean principles in the mid-twentieth century, the concept can also be applied to other industries today, with impressive results. Lean construction practices allow companies to increase the value provided to the customer while decreasing waste by the construction team. This combination results in higher margins without sacrificing customer satisfaction.

In construction, principles such as staying on schedule and worker safety have always been vital for success. However, lean construction also layers on additional directives developed to eliminate common organizational problems and maximize efficiency. The result is less waste, more profit, and consistent quality.

The Power of Movement Efficiency

If you want to compress timelines, allow workers to do more without expending more energy, and increase safety, movement efficiency is a great place to start. For example, organizing the work site to decrease the distance between materials and workers saves time, increases worker output, and eliminates possible safety issues.

A building materials distributor can help eliminate movement inefficiencies by bundling supplies and delivering them to the most efficient location for the project. Metro helps customers think through the optimum material scattering techniques, the value of pre-cut materials, how to lighten loads, options for better packaging, and superior delivery placement. When the worksite is well organized and efficient, construction goes smoothly.

The Challenge of Inefficient Transport

Transporting materials, workers, and equipment at the right time is critical during a construction project. If the timing is off, there can be overcrowding, interference with work, slowdowns, and, at worst, a total stop to progress on the project.

Improving transport practices is a smart way to reduce slowdowns at job sites. Metro Interior Distributors helps customers schedule deliveries of suitable materials, get them to the site at the right time, and make sure they end up at the right place on the site. They can pace deliveries to match your building schedule and bundle deliveries to meet the needs of each construction site.

The Impact of Mistakes and Oversights

Doing things right on the first try means not having to redo them which conserves funds, supplies, and time. Hiring skilled crew leaders is essential to preventing errors on the job.

A competent crew leader is familiar with best practices and industry standards, enabling them to guide their installation crews effectively. Their expertise and attention to detail can significantly reduce the likelihood of errors occurring during construction projects. Additionally, investing in training programs and continuous education for crew leaders can further enhance their ability to lead and oversee projects, ultimately leading to more efficient and successful outcomes.

The Benefits of Maximizing Human Resources

Fewer people are over or underworked when everyone is working at optimal capacity. One of the most common causes of idle workers is delayed delivery of supplies. If construction materials arrive late, the whole project is jeopardized. Metro ensures we deliver materials on time to help you keep your staff working. We know late deliveries are among the most common causes of underutilized teams, so we take on time delivery seriously.

The Impact of Supply Shortages

Inventory problems can mean construction teams running out of supplies early or getting stuck with equipment failing before expected. Having a Plan B is the best way for site managers to avoid these situations, but Plan A should be picking a reliable construction materials distributor that can help keep track of inventory. Good distributors can also help with the backup plan by having alternate materials available and offering equipment rentals or replacements if anything breaks down.

The Value of Pull Planning

Pull planning, or pull scheduling, allows companies to plan more reliable workflows where progress moves sequentially. In pull planning, completing one stage unlocks the next. This begins with planning a defined goal (e.g., completion deadline or progress milestone) and planning backward from there while determining how–and how soon–work should be done.

Subcontractors or site managers often oversee pull planning. Coordinators on the job site are responsible for managing the changing requirements on the ground and adjusting plans accordingly. To do this, they need to collaborate with workers so they’re updated on the situation, and they need to communicate changes to the planners, who can then adapt the overarching schedule.

Metro Helps Maximize the Principles of Lean Construction

Our goal at Metro is to help your business work leaner. Our sales team is committed to helping you streamline your team’s workflow. Whether that means custom kitting, optimizing materials to your work site, staging deliveries with pull planning, or simply getting supplies delivered on time, we are dedicated to making your project a success.

Contact us today to learn how our sales team can help your team become more efficient and more profitable.