Constructor - November/December 2015 - (Page 49)
Getable Makes Equipment Procurement Easy
BY DEBRA WOOD
WHEN CONTRACTORS NEED A piece of
equipment on a jobsite, Getable makes
it as easy as a click of a mouse or a tap
on a mobile device to obtain the right
machinery at the least expensive cost.
"They have made it easy to order and
request service," says Ryan Weinrich,
lead virtual design and construction
engineer at Hensel Phelps in San Jose,
a member of AGC of California, who has
been using Getable for about a year.
Getable co-founder and CEO Tim
Hyer describes the app as an "Expedia
for excavators." The company provides
on-demand construction equipment
from rental companies and tracking of
company-owned equipment. It began in
California and has expanded nationwide.
Beau Blume, project engineer for
Barnard Construction Co., in Bozeman,
a member of the Montana Contractors
Association, has been using Getable since
the fall of 2014 on a subway project in
"It's been a good experience," Blume
says. "I needed some oddball stuff. I sent
a note, and they jumped on it, without
me calling around. It's a nice resource
Blume says Getable has found those
needed pieces quickly and on time and
excels at logistics, communication and
documentation. He finds the written
documentation, showing what he has
specified a huge advantage.
"Having an app on my iPhone and having all the information aggregated is super
helpful," Blume explains. "Other people on
the jobsite can see what I'm requesting."
One of the greatest benefits for Blume
is Getable's ability to deliver equipment
quickly, often within hours of sending in a request. Ninety-five percent of
Getable orders are for same day or next
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"It's very much 'I need it now,' and we
are able to fulfill with a wide network of
suppliers," Hyer says.
Getable displays all equipment on a
jobsite, who supplied it, and accumulating
costs. It also tracks how long the contractor requested the equipment for and sends
a reminder that it is time to send it back to
avoid accruing more expense. Contractors
can always extend the time with the
machinery. Weinrich says he finds the
return reminder a helpful feature.
Contractors rate the rental company,
and other Getable users can access that
feedback. Getable tracks on-time deliveries
and other performance metrics that matter
in the decision to rent the equipment.
Normally, Hensel Phelps staff would
call around to get the best price, but with
Getable, that's done for the engineers and
"It's very cost effective for us," Weinrich
says. "It creates competition on the supplier side, so we get the best price."
Most contractors use Getable on an
iPhone or tablet. There is no cost to the
contractor. Rental companies can pay to
promote themselves and their equipment
on the platform.
"I like the idea that I am getting the best
deal in my area," Blume says. "I don't need
to call around and get quotes. Getable will
get me the quotes and I have peace of mind
selecting the best equipment."
500 Sansome #507
San Francisco, CA 94111
A contractor orders equipment through Getable.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015
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Constructor - November/December 2015