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We Surveyed 500 Procurement Professionals at UK Construction Week

YardLink exhibited for the first time at UK Construction Week, 3rd – 5th May 2022 at the ExCel, London. We met hundreds of stakeholders from the construction industry and had thought-provoking discussions about procurement and supply chain trends.

At this event we wanted to understand which aspects of their supply chain, apart from pricing, was most important to construction buyers, and asked them to choose from four options:

1. Availability
2. Sustainability
3. Customer Service
4. Transparency

We surveyed over 500 procurement professionals in the construction industry about what was most important to them when considering suppliers. Here are the results…

It’s clear from the results that all four considerations are important to buyers. They expect their suppliers to be transparent, offer a high availability of products and services, and provide exceptional customer service at all points of the customer journey. Unsurprisingly, sustainability is an important factor as an increasing number of construction firms commit to delivering a zero carbon, zero waste built environment.

The most popular choice buyers selected was transparency. Many buyers felt that clear communication and timely updates at every stage was integral for their day-to-day operations. A lack of communication can cause many issues such as higher costs and deadlines not being met.

By a small percentage, availability took second place as being the most important aspect of their supply chain. Buyers felt that many construction projects are hampered due to unavailability issues of material and construction equipment. With so much complexity in construction projects and strict timelines, buyers preferred working with suppliers they had close relationships with to deliver the resources they needed.

How can YardLink help you make construction procurement easier?

In the construction world, time is of the essence when it comes to procurement. Searching the market and trying to find the most competitive prices uses up finite resources which could be better allocated elsewhere. Partnering with YardLink on your procurement needs could be the solution to your problem. With our technology, you could instantly connect with over 400 highly vetted suppliers of equipment, bulk materials, fuel, waste management and beyond. With transparent online booking through our user-friendly dashboard, you can be assured you are getting the best price.

A breakdown in communication can be costly and detrimental to a project’s success. At YardLink, we understand how crucial it is to communicate with our customers at every stage of their hiring process. Our dedicated team's sole responsibility is to support you at every step of your hire, big or small.

Many industries are becoming more conscious about their carbon footprint and making pledges to make greener choices. The construction industry is known to be a contributing factor in carbon emissions. According to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the built environment currently contributes to 40% of UK carbon emissions*. Using YardLink for your procurement needs. you will be making a difference to your carbon footprint. With 1,500 depots in our reach, we can link you up with local suppliers to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your projects.

Want to know more? Find out more about how YardLink can help your business by getting in touch.

We have lots of events coming up and we would love to see you there; the next event we will be at is UK Construction Week 2022 in Birmingham on the 4th - 6th October. We hope to see you there!


*The Royal Academy of Engineering - https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2021/s...

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