ISSA’s new tools can help you estimate inventory quantities and costs for consumables, as well as cleaning times

by Brianna Crandall — April 5, 2019 — Worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA just announced it took another step to advance clean facilities and support the cleaning industry by developing two business resources: the Consumable Product Cost & Usage Calculator and the Workloading & Bidding Tool. Both are currently available online and are for the exclusive use of ISSA members.

Rosie Rangel, ISSA vice president of membership, outreach and business intelligence, stated:

ISSA works to stay informed about what challenges members face in their businesses day-to-day. We use a portion of membership dues to develop tools and programs that aid the professional lives of our members. These latest innovations are geared toward distributor, facility manager and business service contractor members.

The ISSA Consumable Product Cost & Usage Calculator is designed to help members effectively anticipate inventory quantities as well as the costs associated with purchasing consumable items such as toilet tissue, hand towels, hand soap, and trash liners. Members can use this tool to analyze how much product is required to properly stock a facility and then factor the anticipated spend into the budget.

Rangel explained:

Users can calculate an estimated annual investment when buying or selling consumables. This information can then be shared between departments to establish budgets or with other vendors to shape bids.

With the Workloading & Bidding Tool, ISSA members can build out a location, area, or cleaning project by entering the room type, square footage, and the cleaning activities the user wants to perform; these activities correspond with ISSA’s 612 Cleaning Times, a guide to industry time standards for performing cleaning tasks.

Rangel pointed out:

Access the calculator, input some basic operational costs, and with the push of a button, you will see the time needed to perform the job, a suggested number of people needed to clean the facility, and an overview of costs to do the job. This amazing tool will help members increase efficiency.

Click on the links above for more information and demo videos about the new calculators. Both tools are free to access with an ISSA membership; members can simply log in to their myISSA account to access them.