​Why You Should Conduct an End-Of-Season Review

After the busy season, it's time to relax, right? Not so fast. Reviewing the past season can help you make improvements that benefit your mulch business in the coming year. Here's how:

Review your business — and your customers'.

Conduct an honest end-of-season review of your internal operations and develop a plan to address concerns. On the flip side, conduct a seasonal review with your key customers. Remind them of the extra things you did to help them succeed and discuss how you can work together to make next year even better.


Here are the questions you should be asking.

Planning — How prepared were you for the early season, and what would you do differently next year? Were you staffed appropriately?

Equipment — Are there signs of wear on the color pumps and the arms, liners and paddles of mulch coloring machines? Is your spare parts inventory sufficient? Are your tote mixers running in the right direction? (BASF territory managers sometimes find that they are not.) Would your company benefit from new equipment or updated technology?

Production costs — Were you successful in producing for the cost you expected? Did you overapply or underapply mulch colorant based on sales versus colorant purchases? Did you factor in enough cost to process the raw material and for grinding and screening?

Freight — How many bags per pallet or yards per load did you average for each truckload? How can you improve that next year?


Let us help.

Your BASF territory manager will help you review not only your mulch coloring operations but your overall business. If you're interested in upgrading equipment, we can evaluate the efficiencies you could realize and calculate the return on investment.

We can help.

Our experienced territory managers are available every day to help you with any requests, from placing an order to quality control, and everything in between. They thrive on turning your complex issues into easy solutions.