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What a title, almost sounds salacious and suggestive – It is but not in the way your dirty little minds would think!
Over the last week the UK has seen “record” rainfall and intense weather conditions and while some people have been spouting “chicken little” type rhetoric the rest of us have been trying to combat the challenging and changing conditions with as much preparation and planning as we can.
It’s never a surprise to #BHI that when the weather goes from temperate to real effing nasty in what seems like two seconds that the demand for wet weather workwear and PPE sky rockets.
It happens every year without fail. – I hope I haven’t just jinxed that.
What is needed is a little elasticity of thought and some foresight as to what can be done.
No company wants to be caught short when the rain starts to bounce down and yet at the same time no company wants to buy wet weather clothing and equipment (PPE) when the sun is shining.
This situation does have a feel of the story of the ant and the grasshopper – The moral; if you don’t prepare, you prepare to fail.
The solution is to act fast and hope that everyone else isn’t doing the same thing as stocks take a huge hit at this time of year or you can take advantage of consignment stock facilities.
This is a sticky wicket and not applicable to every company, customer and client as it entails stockpiling logo’d garments ready for dispatch on a moments call.
The reason it’s a sticky wicket is due to the nature of committing to stock before it is actually required which on the surface is not appreciated by the bean counters.
However, this is a great solution to call upon when unanticipated bad weather hits.
Consignment stock isn’t about buying and holding thousands of garments it’s about having a contingency to cover you and your operations when situations change.
Now the bean counters seldom have foresight, maybe that’s due to lack of comparable experience out in the field or they just struggle with abstract thought – pointing no fingers but they tend not to be dreamers, do they?
Bean counters look at the bottom line as they should, but sometimes they don’t factor in the true cost to the business of failing to act swiftly enough.
This isn’t an attack on them as they do serve a vital role in business.
The point is, the cost of not sourcing and receiving weather protective workwear and PPE when its required can actually cost more than buying the garments ahead of the expected change in weather.
Factors to consider: How much does down time cost? How much time and money are lost with delays to work and projects? What is the exposure to vicarious liabilities if the workers do attempt to operate outside of prescribed PPE?
Could these often catastrophic costs be mitigated against? – well if you’ve read this far you know it can be.
Don’t get caught short – Call BHI 01709 527 603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org