Are you getting what you pay for? Questions to ask your colorant supplier

Posted by ChromaScape on Oct 22, 2020 9:19:46 AM

You depend on your colorant supplier to deliver a quality product on time and to specifications. But too often manufacturers find themselves lured in by low prices and lofty promises, only to find the quality of their colorant is poor and the service is even worse. So, it’s up to you to make sure you are really getting what you pay for. Here are some questions to ask your colorant supplier and what to look for in their answers to ensure you are getting the best product and service for your money.

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Topics: raw material control, manufacturing process, optimize your business, colorant supplier, freight logistics, accurate forecasting

Ready for Anything: 5 Tips to Improve Your Mulch Business’ Agility

Posted by ChromaScape on Oct 19, 2020 3:38:50 PM

Mulch producers face a dynamic and fluid set of challenges that can make planning and forecasting difficult. You not only need to respond quickly to customer orders, but you also have to contend with weather considerations, the availability of fiber and any equipment issues that inevitably pop up. To put yourself in the best position for success, you need to be able to make swift changes and remain nimble so that you can take advantage of shifts in the market, the weather or any other variable that comes your way. This means organizing your operation to be as agile as possible. Here are five tips on how to increase business agility and some insights on how your colorant supplier can help you achieve that goal.

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Topics: increase profitability, optimize shipping logistics, mulch colorant suppliers, improve forecasting

Fiber grinding 101: A guide for mulch producers

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Grinding is perhaps the single most important aspect of any mulch production business. After all, if you're not grinding fiber, how are you going to make mulch? To help you build the most profitable operation possible, here's everything you need to know about grinding wood fiber for mulch.

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Topics: mulch coloring equipment, winterizing equipment, green waste, raw material, mulch size, fiber, grinding equipment

Calculating your labor and loader cost and why it matters

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Mulch producers know how important it is to keep an accurate set of books. Like any small to mid-sized business, you need to keep a close eye on your expenses to ensure profitability. But one line item that is overlooked too often is your labor and loader cost. Often considered a sunk cost, understanding what you pay toward labor and loader operations can help shed light on an opportunity to improve efficiency in your mulch yard. Let’s take a closer look at how to accurately calculate your labor and loader costs, and how identifying these costs could help improve financial results for your business.

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Topics: mulch colorant, mulch coloring equipment, colorant calibration, green waste

How to keep your fiber price in check

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 14, 2020 9:07:51 AM

As a commodity product, it can feel like you have little control over the price of your fiber. The construction company, pallet company or brush clearing crew you get your fiber from sets a price and you pay it. There may be some negotiations based on quantity, but that can feel like the only wiggle room you have. Thankfully, there are other ways to think about fiber that can help you save money in the long run. Here are some tips to keep your fiber price in check and ultimately grow profits for your mulch production business.

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Topics: mulch colorant, green waste, fiber source, transportation costs

The hidden costs of running a mulch yard and how to control them

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 10, 2020 3:25:35 PM

To maintain profitability as a mulch producer, you need to carefully track all expenses and keep your costs in check. Most producers have a good handle on fiber and transportation costs. But despite best efforts, there are some costs that often go overlooked by some mulch producers. Here's a look at some of the hidden costs associated with running a mulch yard as well as some tips for how to reduce them.

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Topics: mulch colorant, increase profitability, mulch coloring equipment, colorant calibration, water calibration, mulch calculation

How to Optimize Your Coloring Process

Posted by ChromaScape on Aug 4, 2020 4:22:48 PM

In order to keep the finished product up to your standards there are a few things you should verify. Take a moment to consider the following steps. Monitoring these points should help simplify the optimization of your coloring process.

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Topics: mulch colorant, raw material, colorant application rates, optimize coloring process, water use rates

Why does my colored mulch product look different?

Posted by Bryan Young, Sales Team Leader on Jul 27, 2020 11:13:33 AM

What is the first thing you think when your finished product looks different than it usually does? It must be my colorant; I need to call my vendor.

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Topics: mulch colorant, water calibration, raw material

How to Recycle Your Totes

Posted by ChromaScape on Jun 30, 2020 11:02:51 AM

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) commonly know as "totes" are too large to throw away and because they contain chemicals must adhere to environmental regulations. So, how do you get rid of them? Companies like Schuetz offer tote recycling programs that handle all of it for you. But there is one provision, they must be in acceptable condition or it could cost you! Here are the steps to take to properly handle and recycle empty totes.  

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Topics: tote care, mulch colorant, tote recycling

Using mulch for low-maintenance landscaping

Posted by ChromaScape on Apr 20, 2020 9:37:28 AM

Everyone wants their landscaping to look amazing. But few people are willing to put in the work. From commercial properties looking to cut costs, to homeowners looking to spend more time in front of the TV, people everywhere want low-maintenance landscaping options. This creates a tremendous opportunity for mulch producers who are able to communicate to customers all the time and cost savings that come with using a quality mulch product. Here are just some of the ways you can do less with more mulch.

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Topics: mulch colorant, mulch beds, reduce water rates, low-maintenance landscaping, soil erosion