Builders can now use Supplier Integration to view supplier’s price catalogues automatically integrated into their workflow on Buildxact. With up-to-date pricing on hand, builders can now work on estimates at a time that suits them, sending a quote to their customer in hours, rather than days or weeks.
John Peros, Director at Peros Built, a leading contractor in New South Wales, said the benefits of [my supplier’s] price list offered through Buildxact stops all those phone calls in between and waiting for prices and quotes.
“Since the beginning of time, builders have contacted their suppliers with a list of items to quote. Some might even send plans so the suppliers can do the take-offs for them. The challenge has been that the plans may change, or the measurements were incorrect, an item was missed, or prices were not up-to-date. All of this results in multiple phone calls and emails back and forth to arrive at the final supplier quote,” a Buildxact spokesperson said.
Supplier recipes will also save builders time and money by removing the need for last-minute trips to the local supplier for missed items that were not included in the customer quote. Recipes group together SKUs (or items) to create a packaged component. For example, a door, door jambs, hinges, and lockset could make up a door recipe. With one click, the recipe adds all the items to an estimate.
Many suppliers are already integrated into the platform, including Mitre 10, Dahlsens, Hire Depot, Barwon Timber, JumboCorp, SlE, ITM Stores, Harvey Norman, and HBT Stores, with more joining.
Supplier’s price catalogues, within ‘Supplier Integration’, will simplify builder’s accounts payable and increase profit margins. With supplier items automatically appearing as an option in estimates, builders are likely to order more items from their main suppliers/dealers for ease in delivery, management, and invoicing leading to fewer invoices and fewer headaches.
With the latest pricing and all items captured in the quote (i.e., no unexpected expenses from last-minute supplier’s trips), builders can be confident in their profit margins for each job.
Buildxact’s research recently showed that the likelihood of winning a job increases the earlier a quote is received.
“Integrated suppliers catalogues and recipes equal time saved, more jobs won, and better profits. And if a builder needs a quote for an item not in the price catalogues, they can easily collaborate with their suppliers in Buildxact to quickly turn around a customised quote,” the spokesperson said.
Once builders have won the job, they simply click the items needed to order in Buildxact and submit to their suppliers online. With the product codes included in the purchase order (from the supplier’s catalogue), suppliers have the information they need to accurately fulfil the order. Easy, fast, and accurate, this process enables builders to place orders early to secure stock.
“With the launch of Supplier Integration, builders and suppliers can connect on Buildxact to collaborate on jobs. And we are talking a true collaboration here, the relationship forming kind. From those chats we had with builders and suppliers came the realisation that there is a shared unified goal – both aim to win more work, both require efficiency in quoting to do so, and both benefit from the other’s success,” the spokesperson said.
With suppliers already listed in Buildxact, builders can connect now to integrate price catalogues and recipes into their workflow. Generate customer quotes in a fraction of the time, be confident on price, and secure in the knowledge nothing has been missed.
For more information go to www.buildxact.com.au