Offsite construction methods like prefabrication, modularization, preassembly and offsite multi-trade fabrication have been around for decades. However, over the last couple of years, interest in these alternative construction methods has hit an all-time high as contractors strive to deliver projects faster, safer and cheaper in today’s labor-constrained construction environment.
The distribution landscape is already shifting, with improvements in technology and logistics shortening supply chains. In the past, manufacturers were often forced to pick a single distribution lane and stick to it—whether it be one step, two steps, direct to builder, or direct to consumer. In today’s competitive landscape, we see more building product manufacturers (BPMs) willing to experiment and adapt with multiple distribution models. For the truth is, to be successful, a company must deliver products where and how the customer desires. I can’t count the number of conversations I’ve had with product manufacturers discussing how Amazon may affect their business.