Material handling equipment is an absolute necessity for modern businesses to stay competitive and increase worker productivity. Forklifts come in many varieties and have a range of capabilities and prices, but their fundamental purpose is to allow workers to move inventory quickly and efficiently. The issue for some, especially most small businesses, is the issue of whether to buy or rent the equipment.
Renting construction equipment has increased in popularity for a variety of reasons. A few key contributors to the growth of equipment rentals include the rising cost of purchasing equipment Here are some benefits that your company will see if you decide to begin renting construction equipment.
Avoid the Initial Purchase Cost
Purchasing brand new construction equipment is extremely expensive and can make a huge impact on how your company’s budget. Renting or leasing equipment avoids the upfront costs associated with purchasing, and allows businesses to better manage your financial resources.
Less Maintenance and Repair Costs
When you own equipment, you must consider the cost of maintenance and repair. Although maintenance and repair is still important for rental equipment, costs will be lowered compared to purchased equipment. With rentals, the time and labor costs associated with maintenance and repairs are lower and more manageable.
No More Market Fluctuation
The construction world is dynamic and many things influence the market. Renting equipment cushions your company from unpredictable downturns that may arise. Rather than committing to a piece of equipment, leasing allows for options that make it easier to ride the rise and fall of market forces.
No Depreciation Costs
When you own machinery, you incur considerable depreciation costs. Reselling equipment, and maintaining it requires quite a large investment on top of your upfront purchase. Although all companies operate differently, renting construction equipment avoids loses associated with depreciation.
Typically, construction companies are balancing many projects at once. Renting specific pieces of equipment for particular projects eliminates any logistical delays.
Solve Storage Issues
Equipment that is not stored properly, or exposed to harsh weather condition may depreciate faster. You can negotiate with vendors or suppliers regarding how long you need a rental, and your company may not worry about long-term storage. This saves you time needed to plan out the logistics, as well as the cost of storage.
Transportation can take a long time, affecting the productivity and efficiency of a project. Renting allows you to avoid this burden and provides a more reliable equipment option by keeping pieces onsite.
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Think you’ve wrung all of the costs out of your warehousing or distribution center operation? Take another look — even in the best-run operation, there’s generally still room to cut costs. Any one of these ideas can produce thousands of dollars in savings. However, when combined into an overall cost-containment program they can often reduce costs by two, three or four times that amount.
KMH New Year’s Quick ROI Check List:
- Target inventory accuracy
- Pick a quality program and stick with it
- Know what you are up against
- Keep your processes simple
- Examine your entire supply chain
- Establish product traceability during the distribution life cycle
- Get rid of excess inventory
- Reconfigure racks
- Minimize packaging
LEVERAGE EQUIPMENT ROI
- Optimize equipment use
- Consider short-term rental
- Evaluate leasing rather than buying
LET TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU
- Consider a warehouse management system
- Take full advantage of an existing WMS
- Convert to high-efficiency lighting
At KMH we have a FREE Operational Audit to help you increase your ROI and show you how to implement it. Contact us to set an appointment and make 2017 your most profitable year yet!