Construction Industry: Portable Toilets

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Construction Industry: Portable Toilets

The person within a construction company who rents and/or purchases portable toilets is known as the Procurement/Purchasing Coordinator and can also be referred to as Purchasing Manager or Procurement Clerk. No information could be found in the public domain on the aspects that influence this person's decision-making when choosing a portable toilet company. Below is an overview of the findings.

Who Rents and/or Purchases Portable Toilets?

  • The Procurement/Purchasing Coordinator rents and/or purchases portable toilets in a construction company. The main function of a person in this position is to "handle and execute their organization’s purchasing decisions, all while maintaining adequate stock levels and staying under budget."

Demographic/Psychographic Details

PROCUREMENT COORDINATORS
  • As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a procurement coordinator in the U.S. is $52,940 per year.
  • Procurement coordinators make use of telephones, faxes, and other forms of communication to maintain their connection with suppliers.
  • Procurement coordinators are normally detail-oriented, results-driven, excellent interpersonal communicators, and good with numbers.

PROCUREMENT CLERKS
  • Procurement clerks major in Business (68.7%), Social Sciences (16.1%), and Visual & Performing Arts (8.34%).
  • The construction industry accounts for 3.67% of procurement clerks employed in the U.S., which is a workforce of 784 people with an average salary of $128,872.
  • The median age of procurement clerks is 44.9 years in the U.S.
  • The distribution of procurement clerks among race/ethnicities is as follows: 71.5% are White, 11.9% are Black, and 8.02% are Asians.

PURCHASING MANAGERS

RESEARCH STRATEGY

In order to identify who within a construction company rents and/or purchases portable toilets, we commenced with the company resources of construction companies such as websites, white papers, press releases, company blogs, among others, and articles pertaining to the roles and responsibilities of the people who work in the industry. However, only executive information was found and none of the sources identified who rents and/or purchases portable toilets.

Due to a lack of readily available information, we searched for various positions and roles associated with people working in a construction company and their respective responsibilities. A publication by The Balance Careers enumerates various titles in a construction company in the U.S. We further studied the roles of various titles such as Purchasing Coordinator, Project Assistant, Project Manager, Safety Director, Safety Manager, Scheduler, Site Manager, Construction Assistant, Construction Coordinator, and Construction Foreman among others using descriptions in sources such as JobHero, Construction Jobs, WorkEd, Construction Chron, and many others. After studying the responsibilities of these job titles, we found that the Purchasing Coordinator is the only role responsible for making purchase/rent decisions the other roles are not involved in purchase/rent decisions at all. Since no other roles are involved in making purchase decisions for a construction site, we assumed that purchase/rent decisions for portable toilets are also made by the Purchasing Coordinator.

We further found that the Purchasing Coordinator is also popularly known as the Procurement Coordinator in construction companies. Government database BLS and the career database Inside Careers were used to corroborate this finding. From the statistics database Data USA, we further identified some demographic details.

No information could be found in the public domain on the aspects that influence this person's decision-making when choosing a portable toilet company. To find this information, we commenced our research with industry-related articles, reports, press releases, company blogs, published interviews of executives of some construction companies (such as D.R. Horton Inc., Fluor Corp., Turner Construction Company, AECOM, and EMCOR Group Inc) to look for any mentions of factors that are considered and influences their decision when choosing portable toilets for construction sites. We scoured through sources such as Constructor Magazine, Gartner, Reno Works and others. Unfortunately, most of the found information focused on what influences the decision-maker while choosing construction equipment and building materials instead of specifically focusing on portable toilets.

Next, we focused on the market leaders in Portable Toilet Business identified in the market reports IBISWorld and MarketWatch. We studied the company resources including websites for testimonials, press releases, white papers, company blogs and other reports for market leaders such as United Site Services Inc., Satellite Industries, PolyPortables, and others. The resources found only shared their marketing strategy, growth and demand, competitive advantage, and the financials. None of the found sources identified factors influencing the choice of their target audience, i.e. purchasing/procurement coordinators in construction companies or how they make purchasing decisions.

Last, we explored case studies published in the marketing and advertisement domain which throw light on how a procurement coordinator was successfully influenced into buying portable toilets for the construction site. We searched on websites such as Profitable Venture, AdWeek, CMO, and others. Unfortunately, this strategy only provided us with insights into marketing ideas and strategies for a successful portable toilet business but none of the found sources detailed the aspects that influenced this procurement coordinator's decision-making when choosing a portable toilet company.

As per the research, the industry has a low market share concentration in the U.S. and the focus of the reports is on the industry and not on its consumers which is probably why the required information was not found.

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