When deciding whether to ship products from international or domestic pipe suppliers, many factors are considered, most often price and availability of goods. However, there may be more aspects to think about before making your final decision. Here are a few advantages you may not have known about using domestic pipe suppliers.
Lowers Overall Cost
When prices of products are less overseas, it’s easy to assume that that overall cost will less as well. Often times, this is true. However, be sure to consider the costs of packaging, shipping, disease prevention and any travel costs that may arise. It also may be beneficial to get familiar with the industrial pipe estimating software that your supplier is using.
Faster Turnaround Time
When you want your product fast, you may decide to choose to go with a domestic pipe supplier. The time to ship your products won’t be as long as it would be if you were shipping from overseas, and you may even be able to travel at a low cost directly to the supplier’s business offices or easily communicate your need to have your pipe products sooner rather than later.
Establishing a relationship with a domestic pipe supplier is much easier than trying to do so abroad. When using a foreign supplier, there are language barriers that need to be considered as well as the travel arrangements and costs for a face-to-face meeting. Also, industrial pipe estimating is much easier when there is no speech or cultural barrier. Finally, the ease of communication with a domestic supplier also provides an opportunity for co-branding and receiving any assistance when needed.
When doing business overseas, there is always a greater possibility of damage of pipe supplies that could ultimately lead to higher costs and slower project development. By using a domestic pipe supplier, especially one in your region, you can lessen the chance of damage immensely, and almost assure that you products arrive on time so your project can be completed on schedule.
By using domestic pipe suppliers, you don’t have to worry about the rules and regulations of dealing with foreign businesses. This allows you much more legal protection. Also, there is less of a reliance on a third party, such as a vendor, shipping company or translator.
St. Louis Pipe and Supply is one of the largest distributors domestically and internationally with a reputation of competitive prices and timely deliveries. Please contact us for more information.