Whether you are acting as project manager for a remodeling activity or opening a new facility, you have two primary issues on your mind: time and money. Chances are, you wear multiple hats and have so many irons in the fire that you worry about important details falling through the cracks. You may find direct-to-site deliveries are helpful with your equipment needs.
Here are 6 key elements you should know about direct-to-site deliveries:
1. Collaboration – Your joint venture with a direct-to-site distributor will begin with discussions about your specific needs. The distributor reviews your plans, then will aid and counsel you, recommend product additions or substitutions, and arrange product demonstrations as needed. Those discussions should then drive a quote and deployment schedule.
2. Coordination – Your distributor consolidates purchase orders to maximize cost savings and take advantage of quantity price breaks. Working with manufacturers to ensure timely delivery, your partner company should make sure you receive what you need, when you need it, reducing freight costs whenever possible.
3. Reporting – You need a repository of information to provide a complete overview of your project from purchase order to delivery and installation. You will want details about delivery trucks, dates and times. Expect the status of your project to be available to you in minute detail. You must be able to constantly monitor the progress of the project and answer stakeholder questions without hesitation at any time.
4. Assembly – Expect the distributor to receive your products, inspect for damages and assemble them, if needed. The distributor should tag assets, label products, coordinate installation, arrange staff orientation and schedule a walk-through. With these administrative services provided to them, your existing staff can remain free to perform the duties they already have, without additional strain.
5. Review – Direct-to-site deliveries should include coordination of contractor installations and ensure compliance with all safety standards. Request a review of asset tags and recording of serial numbers to establish appropriate asset tracking and recordkeeping.
6. Completion – Coordinating as many deliveries as necessary, expect your partner company to protect surfaces from damage, verify installation, replace damaged items when necessary and ensure trash removal and cleanup for a final walk-through. Opening your facility on time with the right products in place should be everyone’s goal.
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As equipment specialists, over 99% of our business is focused on medical equipment. After 34 years in business, our commitment remains the same. We provide direct-to-site delivery service including knowledgeable, accessible customer service representation and adaptable equipment logistics and delivery assistance.
With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.