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Contractors and Construction: Keep Track of ALL. THAT. STUFF.

Construction inventory management system

If you run a construction company, general contracting co, or service pro, your inventory is EVERYWHERE. In the backs of trucks, in warehouses, in clients’ garages, in storage units. When it comes to tracking construction inventory, the world is your jobsite.

The right construction inventory management system can help you cut losses AND improve your delivery times. 

Luckily, there’s a super simple, super mobile solution. Here are nine proven ways Sortly can help your construction or general contracting company streamline inventory operations:

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

Inventory is a constant balancing act. Where’s that sweet spot between not having enough equipment and materials to get a job done, and having WAY TOO MUCH? Stocking some excess equipment prepares you for unexpected problems on a job site. But too much extra equipment means money down the drain. 

Instead of over-ordering for those “just-in-case” scenarios (or…oops…buying stuff you already have because you forgot you already ordered it), 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 item details, all easily accessible via phone, tablet, or traditional computer. Plus, an in-app barcode scanner makes searching for items and updating inventory effortless. With Sortly, you’ll always know exactly what’s on hand and where it is. Imagine: every piece of plywood, every can of paint, every precious spool of copper wire⁠—accounted for, without hours of inventory tracking time.

Construction inventory management system is visualized on a laptop and phone.

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 can’t just open the supply closet and tally it all up. You’ve got stuff all over town, in this truck and that truck, this job site and that one.

Can’t remember which site has the paint sprayer? Just grab your phone and do a quick search. Didn’t you have two more boxes of this ceramic tile sitting somewhere? Scan the barcode and find ‘em right away! Easy peasy.

3. Get Alerts When Supplies Are Running Low

Oh no… you didn’t realize you were almost out of pressure-treated deck posts. Now, to finish the job, you’re gonna have to buy them at…*gulp*…the marked-up local hardware store. One of the best things about our construction inventory management system 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.

4. Track Which Employees Are Using What

This one will make you sweat a little. Your crew needs easy access to materials to get the job done fast, but you don’t want to be on the phone constantly micromanaging each request. Too much oversight is extremely time-consuming, and too little oversight can result in equipment taken to and from job sites with no understanding of who has it or why.User activity history of inventory management software is visualized.

You’re a boss, not a babysitter. With Sortly, you’re able to give your crew access to barcode scanners and inventory details. They can scan equipment in and out as needed using a smartphone, and it’s easy to tell which registered user is checking out any given item. Having the right construction inventory management system means you aren’t spending time worrying about who has your expensive new Festool sander, and your crew can get their jobs done faster. Win-win.

5. 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.

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.

A piece of construction equipment with a custom QR code.

Use the existing manufacturer’s 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. 

7. Train Everyone In Minutes

Time is money. Who has hours⁠—or days—to train a crew to use a new construction inventory management system? Not you, that’s for sure. 

Sortly is deliberately anti-training-time. Our intuitive inventory management software isn’t just easy to use; it’s a breeze to learn. Even the most tech-averse users find themselves Sortly-ing in just a few minutes. It was built to work just like your brain does. The easier a system is for your employees to use, the more likely they are to actually use it!

Plus, Sortly’s seamless inventory system was created for small businesses. It has everything you could ever want or need, but isn’t stuffed with unnecessary features that only benefit large enterprises.  

8. Visuals For Everything (Including The Kitchen Sink)

Want to show a customer or team member exactly what faucets you’ve got in the shop⁠—without driving across town at rush hour to pick them up? Sortly can help with that. Because our inventory is powered by pictures, you won’t have to rely on confusing text to demonstrate 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 of a barcode, you can pull up beautiful, high-resolution pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Construction inventory is shown within an app on a laptop and smartphone.

9. 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!

Ready to take Sortly for a test run? Try it free today!

More 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 it up and running in minutes, all on your own. 

It’s time to say goodbye to misplaced equipment, complicated spreadsheets and time-consuming “solutions” so you can spend less time inventorying and more time wowing your clients.

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