3 Strategies to Overcome Construction Logistics Challenges Post COVID-19

PartRunner
3 min readMay 11, 2021

In our blog last week, we focused on the rising prices of lumber amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lumber prices are sky-high due to a rise in demand coupled with closings at sawmills across the country. This week, we’re flipping the lens from business to consumer, looking at how businesses can overcome construction logistics challenges in a time where it seems the pandemic is coming to a close.

As mentioned in our lumber prices article, closings on job sites across the country have hit the construction industry hard. Construction managers will now have to adapt their businesses to keep moving projects forward. Keep reading to see our proposed ways your business can adapt and overcome challenges presented by the pandemic.

  1. Integrated Technology

In a few years, the term “Zoom meeting” is sure to come with a negative connotation. However, since the pandemic has created a distanced world, it’s also required people everywhere to learn ways technology can be added to their working process. The technology platform OpenSpace.ai (pictured below), for example, provides “3D photo documentation capabilities, allowing project teams and stakeholders to virtually track and tour jobsite they’re not able to visit in person”.

Other apps offer virtual assistance, as well as shared calendaring and prototyping. Hit the follow button wherever you’re reading this blog, to be sure not to miss our next technology update. Another piece of tech you can incorporate into your business model is the tech-logistics platform, PartRunner. PartRunner gives you access to a fleet of delivery vehicles and drivers, all connected through our web and mobile app. Simply log in to the platform and choose from a range of vehicle and delivery sizes to move any bulky item.

2. Local Market Knowledge

Outside of the US, many foreign steel and lumber companies experience supply chain shortages. Many construction firms which relied on these imports were left challenged when suddenly turning to domestic providers. Although it is unlikely that another global emergency like the one we’re currently experiencing will happen again, it is still important for your business to grow connections locally.

Local supplier connections have been shown to “enable many construction jobs to continue with limited interruptions”. Additionally, boosting the local economy, and spreading the word about your business is always a plus.

3. Building and Maintaining Client Experience

Any experienced business would know how crucial the client’s experience is to growing and maintaining your business. There is no time more important for your business to keep clients informed than during hard times. Your clients want to know what challenges your business is facing, and more importantly, how you’re handling them.

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Works Cited:
“Overcoming Construction Logistics and Access Challenges” https://www.forconstructionpros.com/business/article/21391983/overcoming-construction-logistics-and-access-challenges-amid-a-pandemic

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