A purchase order or work order begins as a "request for quote" form. The RFQ shown here, for electrical work on an addition, is ready to fax or email to subcontractors for bid pricing.
A purchase order or work order begins as a "request for quote" form. The RFQ shown here, for electrical work on an addition, is ready to fax or email to subcontractors for bid pricing.

In July we discussed the basics of a purchasing system, and how it can help you control costs and improve the quality of your projects. This month, let's look at what it takes to put your system into action.

First, a quick recap: Your purchasing system is essentially a pre-agreement with your subs and suppliers; there's no way to put together a successful purchasing system without their involvement. For simplicity, I'm going to refer to both purchase orders (for materials) and work orders (for anything involving labor) as "POs." Keep in...

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