ADD-VANTAGE SOFTWARE OFFERS LUMBERYARDS A WAY TO "PLUG IN" TO THEIR CUSTOMERS' ESTIMATING PROCESS
ADD-VANTAGE TO PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR MEANINGFUL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONTRACTORS AND BUILDING MATERIALS RETAILERS
Add-Vantage Software Inc.
800-768-5636 or 508-533-5636
MEDWAY, MA (August 10, 1999) -- Add-Vantage Software Inc. today announced its Estimator's Add-Vantage System Lumberyard Database Toolkit for building materials retailers. The new toolkit will allow retailers to provide pricing information to their customers in a format that will "plug-in" automatically to the company's Estimator's Add-Vantage System construction estimating and product specification system that will be available in September 1999 for free downloading by contractors, remodelers and sub-trades.
"Building materials retailers will be able to provide a new level of interaction with their customers by providing them with automated price information, and the ability to order materials after-hours," said Russell Santoro, vice president of marketing at Add-Vantage Software. "Getting prices has historically been difficult for contractors, who often estimate in the evening. Now they can get the information they need from their favorite supplier and insert it automatically into estimates at any time, day or night. Using this system the contractor gets the benefit of up-to-date prices to complete the estimate, and the ability to order materials without delay. The lumberyard will benefit because contractors who depend on their price data to estimate faster will become loyal customers. These contractors will be more satisfied customers because they've saved the time, money, and the aggravation of telephone tag and morning ordering at the counter. Both lumberyards and contractors win because the increased timeliness, accuracy and professional appearance of the automated estimates leads to more bids won by the contractor and therefore more materials needed."
The Estimator's Add-Vantage System is a template-based estimating program that combines an enhanced version of the critically acclaimed Estimator's Add-Vantage estimating software with an online contractor resource center and a product price database. Templates for all major types of residential construction projects speed the estimating process, allowing the contractor to respond more quickly, more accurately and more professionally to requests for proposals. The product price database can be updated with information from the contractor's local lumberyard using Add-Vantage's Lumberyard Database Toolkit, allowing lumberyards to participate in streamlining the time consuming estimating process for their customers, and to receive orders from the programs estimate stock list via fax or email. The Contractor Resource Center will contain a Building Products Database with the first of its kind system for organizing, finding and retrieving relevant product information for contractors and the construction process.
Available for Windows(R) 95, 98 and NT, Estimator's Add-Vantage System Lumberyard Database Toolkit provides a simple and straightforward way for building materials retailers to become a part of their customers' estimating workflow. The system allows lumberyard users to:
The Lumberyard Database Toolkit will include the software for creating "plug-in" price diskettes for EAS users, 20 CD-ROM copies of the Estimator's Add-Vantage System for key customers and related promotional materials. The Lumberyard Database Toolkit will be available at an introductory price of $395 per lumberyard.
With Estimator's Add-Vantage System, even novice computer users will be able to estimate in less than an hour, and will have simplified access to a variety of valuable construction related resources on the Internet. Customers are invited to reserve a copy of the program now at www.addvantage.com or at www.contractorfind.com. The program will be available for download in September 1999.
Add-Vantage Software Inc. is an innovative provider of software to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct commerce over the Internet. Founded in May 1994, Add-Vantage Software Inc. is a privately held company based in Medway, Massachusetts.
Add-Vantage Software Inc.
372 Village Street
Medway, MA 02053
e-mail: info @ addvantage.com