Inventory management software helps Alabama businesses track inventory

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Gary Phillips, president of Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based electrical, heating, refrigeration, plumbing, and security subcontractor Premier Service Co., has used warehouse management software to keep track of materials and save money.

The company has worked on a variety of projects for the University of Alabama, averaging $1 million to $2 million in project size. Premier has two warehouses, each measuring approximately 20,000 square feet. Before using software that counted all of the materials in Phillips’ warehouses, the company had trouble tracking its inventory.

“We definitely had a problem with our camp and trying to keep the materials right and have transparency on site,” Phillips told Construction Dive.

Those with experience know that tracing pipes for a job is like following a needle through a haystack. When materials are needed, supervisors have a plethora of places to look – are they in stock? Maybe the second camp? Did someone take her to the site? are they lost

That changed when he started using a platform from San Francisco-based software company Kojo. formerly agora, for inventory management. It helps Premier keep track of all company-owned materials across all warehouses and save money on ordering duplicates and replacements. For Phillips, the effect was palpable given the disaster caused by the supply chain’s snarl since the pandemic.

“All I know is walking through the warehouse and seeing the organization save us tens of thousands of dollars just on the purchase of materials, especially since material prices have gone up,” Phillips said.

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Other contractors also use software and technology offerings to increase their business performance.

Columbia, a construction company based in North Reading, Massachusetts, for example Used software system Avvir to lay 60,000 feet of pipeline in a short period of time. The contractor claimed that supervisors saved time on site visits and reporting three days a week, freeing up time for other important tasks.

Cost-cutting measures are likely to become increasingly important for contractors in a volatile economy. Even though Fitch Ratings predicts a recession in 2023, this outlook hasn’t put a major damper on the contech sector. Kojo for example closed a $39 million Series C funding round that The company announced this on Wednesday.

The software from Kojo connects all project employees, from the office to the warehouse to field service and back to the provider, on one platform, according to the company. Stakeholders can see what’s in stock and what’s missing, according to Kojo, and use their sourcing tool to procure whatever is needed.

Kojo also offers a material sourcing tool that allows contractors to buy anything they need on site. According to Phillips, using both services together has increased organization and efficiency.

“Those materials come back to storage and we can get them in place,” Phillips said. “We can see what we’ve brought back to storage and the boys can order from that.”

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