Snow, what you might not know. Part 3 of 3

January 27th, 2016

Did you know that NYC is offering $13.50 per hour for Snow Removal laborers?


Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

If NYC is offering $13.50 per hour for laborers for Snow Removal, what’s that mean to companies that are trying to get their snow removed?

Over the last two days Gayl Southard, Administrative Consultant at SafeSourcing has offered some interesting information regarding Snow and Snow Removal in a 3 part post titled Snow, what you might not know Part 1 of 3 and Snow, what you might not know Part 2 of 3.

In part 3 of this series I’d like to take a look at the data in parts 1 and 2 mean or implies. It’s the data about the data or the Meta Data that’s important.

I think the underlying question here, is what does this mean for companies or even individuals about when they consider sourcing Snow Removal Services. When should you do it and how reliable will the service be even if you have a contract in place.

As I was watching the television broadcast of Super Storm Jonas as it buried the Eastern Seaboard in snow, one of the comments I head is that many cities could only plow the main roads and that surface streets and other places would have to wait. New York City as we noted above is offering $13.50 per hour for snow removal laborers. Might those same laborers be the 3rd party’s that you contract with for your businesses snow removal? Maybe you might want to check the language in your contract.  If your price is lower, the service provider most likely won’t be coming, at least in a timely manner so you better get out your shovel.

So, what does this all mean? It means you need to be aware of what services you have sourced, what language is in the contract and any actions that you might take in order to preempt service needs when unusually large storms approach.

Snow Removal is normally sourced during the spring or early summer months and is quite often sourced from the same companies that provide your landscape services. You determine what language goes into a contract. Examples might be.

  1. Hourly Rates
  2. Price escalators based on fuel consumption
  3. Ice Melt or Salt Applications
  4. Time of day for services
  5. Amount of snow required to kick off service
  6. Rebates for missed services.

While there are many mom and pop operators that provide these services, there are only a few national providers. There are also a good number of regionals. Most of the nationals and regionals also outsource their work to the many mom and pop operators and the nationals outsource to the regionals. As such, it’s important to ask who will actually be providing your service and to make sure that they have the required liability insurance coverage in place. This is particularly important if your business may have consumers on your premises while the services are being performed.

The important point here is that while there are multiple types of snow and ice as well as the storms that deliver them, there are also multiple types of service and service providers. If you are not comfortable that you know enough about all of the information provided in this three part series, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Project Manager. We have sourced this category dozens of times across all of North America. We can make sure you get the services you need at a price that is acceptable.

We hope you have enjoyed this Three Part Post.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.




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