logistics through scrap metal

How to Help Logistics through Scrap Metal

3 Ways Scrap Improves Flow

Flow is about ease, efficiency, and satisfaction. Scrapping metal may seem like more effort, but the complexity of business logistics is actually simplified by good scrap practices.

Scrapping can add detail and organization to your workflow, giving you even more insight into efficiencies and inefficiencies in your workflow. Continue reading to find out how to help logistics through scrap metal collection. 

As a leader, your role is not to nitpick and attend to every bit of precious metal thrown out in the process of providing your good or service. But, as a plumber, electrician, or contractor, good scrap practices present an opportunity.

By integrating scrap into your process, you can turn wasted scrap into revenue, make inefficiencies into effective processes, and shift your business’ mindset around the waste.

In this post, we lead you through three ways good scrapping practices can improve the logistics of your business. Read on to learn how to have more organization, efficiency, and value in your workflow.

Scrap improves your organization of materials.

how to help logistics through scrap metal

That sad pile of scrap collecting in your office garage and on the client’s floor would look much better as organized recycling! If you take scrapping seriously, you have to start with organizing your materials.

Pretty much any metal scrap you can imagine is made from one of five metals (copper, aluminum, iron, brass, or lead). Since each carries a different market value, you have to organize by type of material before you can sell your scrap.

This adds an organizational challenge at first that will actually make your entire workflow more trackable and attractive.

Scrap helps you observe inefficiencies.

A full bin of scrap can mean high demand or low carefulness. It depends on the outcome, the worker, and greatly by the job. The point of organized scrapping is not simply to turn debris into dollars.

The point is also to see where your scrap is coming from, who makes the most waste, and what kind of jobs produce the most valuable scrap.

As such, there are some general rules to observe when it comes to watching scrap levels. The first, scrap is a defense against small margins. Second, scrap is not a primary source of income.

Together, this means you want to preserve and collect scrap. But you must remember that you are not primarily in the scrap business. Less can be more.

If you are familiar with the jobs in your workflow, you might be curious to compare which leads to the least amount of scrap. If you need to audit a worker, a look at their scrap pile can be revealing.

Overall, scrap helps you manage.

If your business is turning out shavings, fittings, pipe, wire, faucets, and more, without taking into account where they are coming from, who they are coming from, or why they are being produced—you may have a serious management problem.

Remember that scrap adds organization and insight into inefficiency. Together, that means that scrap can help you more effectively manage your workforce and assets.

So, you will want to have a strong system for categorizing and quantifying your scrap based on worker and job type. This will give you an idea of where scrap comes from, who makes it, and why it is produced. Finally, it will help you widen margins by maximizing profits.

To learn more about how scrap can help your business maximize profits, keep reading:

What to do next

Now that you have a basic idea of how scrap can help logistics, contact your local scrap yard to see if they will appraise your scrap regularly and give you a quote for estimates. They may even give you a tip or two about how to categorize and watch your scrap product.

For example, Scrap Gators offers full-service residential and commercial scrap services in Port St. Lucie. You can give us a call at (772) 203-7391 for a consultation on your commercial scrap needs.

If you have more questions about profiting from your scrap, you can email images and questions to wally@scrapgators.com.

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