Can somebody please explain? Why every year from November to March, We all sit around waiting for all the retailers to allocate workload to the retailers install contractors.
Now I can understand, no projects being done in December, as this is their busiest trading month leading up to Christmas. But why do we all have to scratch around from January to April, waiting on the retailers to decide what to do?
To my mind it would seem more beneficial if the projects were better spread across the year, rather than cramming them in between April and November and then have retailers complain about how busy it is and how the standard of some of the installations have not met their expectations.
If all projects were better spread out over the year, then companies would be less likely to offload staff in the quiet periods, and there would be less feast and famine. Companies would have less cash flow problems and contractors and their sub-contractors would be able to plan better across the year and be able to pay their other suppliers on a more regular basis.
Now we all know that retailers plan ahead and I think it would be better for everyone, if all projects were quoted in the months of September/October and allocated to all contractors in the months of November and December, to allow lead-in times of plant and materials for the next year.
Now I’m only an engineer and not involved directly with the retailers on the quotation level, but looking from where I am standing, this seems a more sensible approach and it would help the retailers and the contractors involved in the long run allowing everybody to achieve the standards that we all desire