May 2019

Q: What's the fastest way to improve productivity?

A: Eliminate waste

Waste is anything that's done or used more than required. It's not just scrap. It's the wasted time, effort and money that occur when things aren't done to plan.

Here are some examples:

"Digging the Hole Too Big".   Anytime your crew does more work than required, that's waste. Wasted time, wasted effort.   Why bury the line 14" deep when the specification says 10" is required?   Moving the extra dirt costs time and money.

Material Handling.   The more trips to stock, load, unload and store, the more waste. Remember "OHIO", Only Handle It Once.    

Too Much Wrong Inventory.   Carrying around a truck full of useless parts doesn't boost your ability to meet customer needs, it actually detracts.   Implement a "5S" program to keep trucks and shop areas clean, well-stocked and clutter-free.

Install Mistakes.  Errors hurt your bottom line and your reputation. Going back to do tasks over eats time and profits. Increase training and in-process checks to identify and correct errors before they become habits.

Go cut some waste today.

The Team at North South Supply

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It's tough to find good people in today's busy market.
There are hundreds of employers seeking the same applicants you're going for. Your competition isn't just other contractors; it's everybody who is looking for people who are willing to work hard.

A recent survey of landscape contractors indicated that the biggest challenge in recruiting is not having enough candidates from which to choose. Digging deeper, it's not just a lack of candidates, it's a lack of QUALITY candidates.

If you want to attract and hire the best, you need a plan. We've partnered with ADS to bring you a series of guidebooks that can help you recruit more effectively.  Download the PDFs here: 

Contractor's Guide to Employee Motivation

Contractor's Guide to Employee Retention

Contractor's Guide to Successful Candidate Interviews 
The New Standard for 12V LED Accent Lights: Kichler  
Kichler's new 12V integrated LED accent light has the durability you expect with a modern look, strong performance and superior light quality.  
This fully sealed and encapsulated fixture keep all critical components protected against the elements, including a 4,000-volt surge protection guards against power irregularities that can be a hazard to LED landscape lighting.
Kichler's custom T.I.R. (Total Internal Reflection) acrylic optics assure no halos or scallops - just superb, center-to-edge uniformity for clean, clear light.   The LED product is available in spot light, flood light and wide flood light beam options putting light exactly where you need it.  
Take your projects to the next level with the new 12V LED Accent Light and Kichler as your trusted partner.
Meet Our Pipe Supplier:  Silver-Line

Since 1962, Silver-Line has led the plastic pipe industry in Quality, Service & Innovation!  
In that time, Silver-Line has become a Green/Irrigation industry leader and pioneer.
Silver-Line was first to offer fully computerized blending of PVC compound, which ensures a better, more consistent finished pipe product.
Silver-Line is the only pipe manufacturer who produces an Impact Class-2 rated Well Casing product.
Silver-Line became an Irrigation industry leader by producing a longer bell on all of our pressure pipe products, ensuring a better, more consistent fit, and greater ease/confidence in installation for irrigation-oriented jobs.
As an industry leader for over 50-years, Silver-Line is uniquely equipped to handle the needs of its irrigation wholesalers and contractors from our state-of-the-art production facilities in NC, OK & FL. 

NDS redesigned Flo-Well is easier to install and holds up to twice the amount of water than other drywell systems, resulting in half the digging and half the cost of a traditional drywell system

Able to hold up to 55 gallons of water, which is over 50 percent more than a traditional peastone drywell, the Flo-Well units can also be connected or stacked to increase holding capacity and accommodate a variety of drainage needs.

Many cities have required that stormwater runoff remain on the property to reduce pollution into local water beds such as rivers and lakes. The Flo-Well units collect, retain, and discharge stormwater on-site, offering a gravel-free alternative.

The Flo-Well system offers important environmental benefits: It is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and stormwater filters naturally through the subsurface, reducing pollutants

Water Retention is created through site design that allows the temporary storage and slow release of storm water run off.   NDS Flo-Well can be used alone or piped together in a series to manage a multitude of water volumes. The volume of runoff is reduced which decreases the chance of flooding and soil erosion.

The new cone-shape design is stronger than the older, ribbed flat panel lid, and has not only additional lid fastening features but also an NDS Universal adapter cut out. It has supports for an 8" pipe with further cut outs for better filtration of stormwater runoff.
Manufacturer Price Increases - View Our List
After years of price stability, manufacturers have been raising prices aggressively in the last 3 months.  These changes are impacting nearly every category of landscape and irrigation supplies.   
Collaborate with your North South representative to obtain updated quotes prior to bid. Include material cost increase clauses in your bid documents.
While material cost increases may seem to be bad, discover how they can help you.   They are an opportunity for you to raise your pricing to achieve a higher profit level. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity!

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