Integrators/Contractors - How Do You Manage Inventory And Charge Your Cable On Jobs?

Do you sell by the box? (1,000') Or per foot for a job? What do you do with a used box left over with less than a 1,000 ft? Is it the same process with Commercial as with Residential? How many extra boxes do you have your guys carry to a job? Do you make your people check used boxes out?

The main cable I'm talking about is Cat 5e and Cat 6.


I'm guessing that many integrators have a storage area filled with 'partial' boxes or spools, sold on jobs long ago, but that never seem to get used for new work (even if it is 'free cable').

In my experience, commercial jobs buy 1000' boxes (if you need 300' of cable, the project buys a 1000' box) and residential might charge in 50' lengths.

"I'm guessing that many integrators have a storage area filled with 'partial' boxes or spools, sold on jobs long ago, but that never seem to get used for new work (even if it is 'free cable')."

I have also seen this a few times. This should be a sales person’s treasure chest that can help them win a needed bid.

On the other hand, from a management perspective, this could be a lot of lost money at the end of the year. Not managing inventory, on used boxes, can also lead to theft and "acquiring".