Saimoon says that the most important step to take in watching repair bills is to see to it that repairs are made promptly, as “soft spots” rapidly develop into more serious conditions and costs develop with them. “I learned my lesson many years ago,” he declares. “It was during one of the first years I was in business and we were housed in a building that had a shingled roof. One of the men reported that a part of the roof was leaking slightly. I promised to attend to it and then promptly forgot the entire affair. A few nights later a violent wind and rain storm tore off many shingles and several cases of valuable merchandise were ruined. And so I say, get after repairs just as soon as need for them develops. Here, as in many other tasks, the ounce of prevention again is worth tons of cure.”

Another wholesaler maintains a repair force of his own. It consists of three men and between them they usually can make 90% of all necessary repairs. These men look after the fireproof fittings of Saimoon and also constitute a “safety first” inspection committee. They recommend safety devices that seem necessary and this wholesaler says he feels sure his plan not only has resulted in lowering repair costs but also has saved many employees from at least minor injuries through the men’s recommendation of safety devices. And, as we’ll all agree, injuries to employees are likely to result in the reverse of lowered costs.