The construction trade has long been defined by the just-in-time (JIT) inventory method. This creates a reliance on immediate availability of materials at any given stage of a job.
The advent of COVID all but obliterated the JIT model as supply chains broke down, operational restrictions were enforced and materials became scarce. While JIT has served the construction industry well for decades, the disruption felt in 2020 was a signal that it’s time for a new model and a new way of thinking.
Like other industries, construction was forced to implement change at a fast and furious rate. And while many were able to pivot and stay afloat, longer-term planning, beyond just technology upgrades, is required to ensure business viability in 2021 and beyond. The following guide has helpful tips from two leading experts to jump-start your planning.