Good dealers are good in part because they are efficient at collecting the money due them--particularly during economic downturns. This truism makes Levelset's latest Construction Cash Flow & Payment Report a sobering reminder of the challenges your credit managers face. Levelset surveyed 519 general contractors and subcontractors, 75% of whom work in residential construction. It found that, while 85% of those contractors and subs request payment within 30 days, only 58% of GCs and 24% of subs are paid that quickly. This means that, even if a contractor pays you as soon as he sees a check from a customer, it's likely the pro's payment won't reach you within your 30-day time period. Paying online could cut the delivery time, but Webb Analytics' Construction Supply 150 report found only 59% of America's biggest dealers have systems in place for online payments.