Fleet tracking solutions combat distracted driving and boost your bottom line
Jobsite safety is a major concern for business managers in the construction industry. The equipment used by company employees every day can put them at risk, even when equipment is well-maintained and used correctly. Construction business owners are also concerned about the safety of their...
Develop a strategy that focuses on three areas: administrative policies, operational protocols and technology security
As use of technology continues to increase, contractors of every size and type have greater exposure to cyberattacks and data breaches. According to the Poneman Institute’s 2013 Cost of Cyber Crime study, there was an 18 percent increase in the number of cyberattacks in 2013. A report by Symantec...
5 tips for unifying your data and optimizing mobility for field personnel
In an effort to remain competitive in today’s construction marketplace, company owners continuously seek new ways to automate their business processes, improve productivity and decrease operational costs. The use of smartphones and tablets can streamline workflow and improve efficiency on the...
4 ways managers, executives and CEOs can create a positive ripple effect and make a real difference for success
Whether you’re a manager, executive or CEO, your leadership style matters. If you’re running a large global firm, a small project team or an entrepreneurial venture, it’s the way you communicate and connect to other people that will make or break your success. Make each and every connection count...
10 preventive steps to maintain your utility trucks
It’s common to see utility vehicles deployed in a variety of work environments, from distribution warehouses to golf courses. No industry can chew up and spit out even the most rugged UTV models like a construction site, though. For construction business owners who are focused on maximizing...
7 reasons to justify making the move to better time and billing software
Construction business owners understand the importance of accurate billing. One of the biggest sources of construction business fraud is an improperly managed billing system—whether intentional or not. To avoid this unfortunate situation, it is absolutely necessary to streamline your billing...
Avoid common pain points by addressing problems in the financing process
When it comes to buying equipment for your construction company, there are several steps in the process. With these steps come pain points. This article discusses ways to identify and overcome each pain point for an easier equipment financing process—
no matter how large or small the purchase....
Empower your workforce to reach its full potential with creative opportunities for professional development
My company recently polled sales leaders about the quality of their meetings, and the average rating was a 6.3 out of 10. Only 21 percent rated their meetings 8 out of 10 or higher—leaving 79 percent at 7 out of 10 or less. If you are heading into a meeting and know that at the end of it you...
An improving economy generates more options for one of the most versatile and hardworking machines
Adding or upgrading excavators in your construction fleet could be one of the smartest investments you make this year. Single and multiple-family housing construction is the healthiest it has been in six years. Experts at the American Institute of Architects and the Association of General...
KBR's Holley Thomas talks with CBO about skilled craftsmanship, the labor shortage and what business owners can do to help
Construction Business Owner partnered with ABC and KBR to bring you a short question and answer session with ABC’s National Craft Professional of the Year, Holley Thomas. Thomas lives in Double Springs, Alabama, and is a certified welding instructor for KBR. She has worked in...
Develop construction planning best practices to achieve operational excellence
If the recession taught the construction industry anything, it was the importance of being razor sharp in terms of productivity. Best-in-class contractors understand that arbitrarily slicing margins and costs without a true productivity improvement plan is short-sighted and ill-advised. All this...
7 ways your company can benefit from the accuracy of this mobile technology
More companies are beginning to realize the benefits that voice-to-text mobile device applications can have on the jobsite. The technology is helpful for a wide range of activities, including the necessary reporting duties that managers must perform on a daily basis. The question remains of...
Make difficult decisions now for higher profits later
To win more games than their opponents, NFL football coaches must have specifically defined positions and hire the most talented players available for each position. If players don’t perform well or follow the plays, coaches have no choice but to replace them with better players. The same is true...
Use the online marketplace to maximize your selling and purchasing options
Online marketplaces are an increasingly popular 
method for smarter equipment acquisition. However, contractors must think before they click and pay close attention when entering the online equipment marketplace. Vendors continue to innovate in the areas of technology, delivery/pickup and data...