by Shaz K

How Construction Companies and Contractors Use Sortly’s Construction Inventory Management Software

Wednesday 3, Jul 2019

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If you run a construction company, general contracting co or service pro, keeping up with your (moving!) inventory probably feels like a full-time job. Your inventory lives in the backs of trucks, in warehouses, in clients’ garages, in storage units,. Everywhere.

Luckily, an intuitive and affordable construction inventory management software like Sortly can solve a lot of your inventory-related challenges, and let you focus on what really matters: your clients and their construction projects. 

Here are ten proven ways Sortly can help your construction or general contracting company streamline inventory operations ASAP:


1. Know What Materials and Supplies You’ve Got In Stock

Stop guessing, stop panicking and stop over ordering. With Sortly, you’ll always know exactly what’s on hand. You won’t need to carve out hours to do a manual audit or inventory time you need something. Imagine: every piece of plywood, every can of paint, every precious spool of copper wire⁠—accounted for! 

When you’re at the hardware store, you won’t have to impulsively throw things into your shopping cart, just in case. Simply check your smartphone for real-time information about what you’ve got and where it’s located.

With Sortly, you’ll enjoy a highly visual inventory of all your items and instant access to any and all item details, all easily accessible via phone, tablet or traditional computer. Plus, an in-app scanner makes searching for items even faster and allows for effortless updating of your vast inventory.


2. Easily Keep Tabs on Supplies Across Multiple Job Sites and Storage Locations

Let’s be real. Working in construction is no regular office job. You don’t have a storage closet for every little thing you might need. You’ve got stuff all over town, in this truck and that truck, this job site and that one. 

Imagine if, just by checking your phone, you could find out where that paint sprayer was? Well, you can. With Sortly all your stuff is neatly grouped in folders making organizing and searching by location effortless. 


3. Track Which Employees are Using What

Far too often, employees take equipment and supplies out for a job… and the company has absolutely no idea who has what, when they took it and why. This leads to lost, damaged, wasted and sometimes even stolen inventory! 

With Sortly, it’s easy to tell which registered user is checking out any given item. Better understand what’s happening to all your stuff⁠, and then make corrections or have conversations based on what you learn. 

Not-so-little added bonus: You’ll also save a ton of time when you don’t have to track down every little thing. 


4. Reduce Inventory Errors with Barcodes and QR Codes

Mistakes happen. Usually because we’re rushed, distracted and a little confused. But when your team shows up to a job site with the wrong shade of white paint, time and money is wasted. Fortunately, Sortly offers free, simple barcode and QR code technology that can eliminate such mistakes.

Use the existing manufacturers barcodes on your inventory, or create and print QR codes for your products as needed within Sortly. Then, simply scan an item with your smartphone or tablet for more information, like expiry date, price, location and more. 


5. Use In-app scanner to effortlessly Check In/Out items 

Your team can also check items in and out using barcode and QR code technology. There are so many ways this feature can help your business, including saving time and making billing your clients easier and more accurate. 

And, again, it’s simple. All your employees need is a smartphone⁠—not some bulky, expensive scanner that’s just gonna break in a few months, anyway. 


6. Get The Whole Team Organized

Sortly can be used by one employee.. or by a whole team. Sortly doesn’t rely on clunky, expensive hardware to get the job done. You and your team can use the devices you already have: smartphones, tablets and computers. Plus, you control the level of access of every registered user, from read-only and restricted privileges to full-on administrative ones.


7. Train Everyone in Minutes

Time is money. Who has hours⁠—or days!⁠—to train already skeptical employees and colleagues how to use a new inventory management system? Not you, that’s for sure.

But Sortly is different. Our intuitive software isn’t just easy to use, but easy to learn: even the most tech-averse users find themselves Sortly-ing in just a few minutes. It was built by talented user experience designers to work just like your brain does. 

Plus, Sortly’s seamless inventory system is built for small businesses. It has everything you could ever want or need, but isn’t stuffed with unnecessary, complicated and, well, useless features that only work for large enterprises.  


8. Visualize Everything but and the Kitchen Sink

Want to show a customer or team member exactly what tile you’ve got in the shop⁠—without driving across town at rush hour to pick it up? Sortly can help with that. Because our inventory is powered by pictures, you won’t have to rely on confusing text to describe what you’ve got in stock. In fact, you can assign each inventoried item up to eight photos. 

With the click of a button, search of a word or scan or a barcode, you can pull up beautiful, high-resolution pictures that are worth a thousand words. 


9. Get Alerted When Supplies Are Running Low

One of the best things about our construction inventory management software solution is its ability to warn you before you run out of a given product. With Sortly, you can set low inventory alerts (via email or in-app notification) that’ll remind you the minute you need to reorder an item. That way, you can buy stuff you need at a good price from your preferred wholesalers⁠—not from the marked-up hardware store down the street.


10. Stay on Top of Important Dates

Return dates. Expiration dates. End-of-warranty dates. These are the little details that turn into a whole lot of dollars lost if you don’t have a system in place to stay on top of them. Luckily, Sortly can manage all this information for you, reminding you as important deadlines approach. That way, you’ll have time to rotate stock, extend a warranty or send a reminder for a return… before it’s too late!



About Sortly

Sortly is a super simple inventory and asset tracking system that enables you to visually track all your items and any of their details including quantity, price and condition—for a more intuitive (and less maddening) way for your team to track inventory across multiple locations. 

Unlike other inventory tracking systems, you won’t need any lengthy sales visits or a 100-page guide to figure out Sortly. It’s built so you can have up and running in minutes, all on your own. 

It’s time to say goodbye to misplaced medical supplies, complicated spreadsheets and time-consuming “solutions” so you can spend less time inventorying and more time providing care.

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