If you’re from the Midwest, you understand the importance of rock salt even if you’ve never considered the logistics of moving it. Especially the challenge of doing so in the middle of a major blizzard. But as a snow removal business, you’re all too familiar with buying, storing, and ensuring you have good quality rock salt at a competitive price.
If you google “rock salt near me” or “where to buy road salt” the first two results you see will always be the same; Home Depot and Lowes. You might be tempted by bags of rock salt at these big-box retailers, but is procuring rock salt for your snow removal business truly that simple?
Salt is Salt, Right?
If you’ve never stopped to ask, “where can I buy rock salt”, it’s understandable. After all, it’s true that, more or less, salt is salt. It’s important to note that you’re not just sprinkling a dash of the stuff onto your steak at dinner time. There are a few considerations to make if you’re thinking about a quick drive to your nearest hardware conglomerate.
Big Box Retailers Sell Salt at a High Price
The bags of salt for sale at a big-box retailer are meant for personal consumption. Much in the way a gallon of milk costs less per ounce than a quart, bulk rock salt is much more cost-effective than a bag on display at a hardware store. If your business model is to buy your salt one bag at a time, then you’ll quickly find that notion to be an expensive one.
Big Box Retailers Suffer from a Lack of Knowledge
Nothing against chain stores—they’re a decent place to work and many of the people employed at these stores are knowledgeable. However, training at these stores is minimal. At their core, big-box employees are meant to have soft skills that lend themselves to making sales. If you pick someone’s brain about the difference between calcium chloride and potassium chloride, you may stump them.
Big Box Retailers Lack Options
While big retail giants are known for selling every hardware item under the sun, you’ll notice that their brand options are limited. No matter the product, it’s typical for a big-box retailer to only carry about 2-3 brands total.
With rock salt and ice melt, you want to have options. Not every job is the same and not every product does the same thing. Expertise matters but so too do options. An experienced supplier that has knowledge on a wide array of products is not something you’ll find at a every retailer.
Supply Security Keeps Your Business Reliable
The lifeline of your snow removal business is rock salt and ice melt. Without it, you’ll be running at limited capacity and you’ll end up letting your clients down. Supply security is a big deal—you need to know that you have access to rock salt at all times. Especially when a big snowstorm just blew in and drove the demand of salt through the roof. With big-box retailers, the last thing you have is supply security. Instead, you’ll have plenty of headaches.
Big Box Retailers Will Have a High Chance of a Shortage
Ever dip into a store to grab a snow shovel after the first blizzard of the year? You may be dismayed to find that they’re freshly sold out due to high demand. The same is true for rock salt and ice melt at big box retailers and even locally owned hardware stores. With a little bit of luck, you might score a bag or two, but you’re in the same boat as every other soul heading to the local store after a blizzard blows through.
Big Box Retailers Will Not Deliver
A dependable rock salt supplier will offer delivery as an option, which takes the guesswork out of when or how your rock salt and ice melt will get to you. Hardware stores do not offer rock salt delivery as an option. Not only will you need to drive to a store, but you’ll be one more person in the throng, anxiously looking for ice melting products like they’re the last Tickle Me Elmo on Black Friday.
Ninja De-Icer Will Do It All For You
At Ninja De-Icer, we’ve been in the de-icing game for a long time. We’ll be your go-to source for arming your snow removal business to the teeth.
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We Lock Our Prices In
At the start of the season, the price you get is the price you’ll continue to receive throughout the entire season. We won’t surprise you with changing costs like a big box retailer, whose prices fluctuate constantly. Moreover, we price our products competitively.
Our Knowledge & Service is Unrivaled
We pride ourselves on knowing everything about the products we sell. From rock salt, liquid de-icer, and bagged salt, we’ll discuss your options and even make recommendations based on your project. Just listen to Bill Bruss, one of our customers.
“I was hesitant to switch from the company I used before. Now I am extremely happy that I did. They are very easy to deal with, they do what they say they are going to do, the communication is excellent, their prices are good and when I was in a pinch they bent over backward to help me.”
With Us, You Get Plenty of Options
We sell rock salt, liquid de-icer, and bagged salt. But we also carry multiple varieties of each one. Different brands handle different conditions better—they’re not all created equal. There are pros and cons to every product we sell and we’ll discuss your options and find something that works best for you.
Our Supply is Secure & We’re Fully Stocked
In the 10 years we’ve been in business, we’ve yet to run out of supply for the season. If you buy from us, we’ll ensure you have what you need so you can do the best job for your clients. When you and your client are happy, we’re happy.
We Do Delivery
Our products will be delivered to you within 3-5 days of placing your order. We’ll take the guesswork out of your supply chain.
Salt Supply is No Laughing Matter; Know Where Yours is Coming From
We’re proud to serve the Midwest and we hope to continue to for years to come. We haven’t been successful by sheer chance — we provide expert customer service, true expertise on snow removal products, and we’re a convenient regional source for your supply. Make your life this winter a little easier and send us an email so we can get you a quote.