Software Improves Construction Supply Chain Management
At this week’s International Builders’ Show (IBS), HomeSphere (Booth W3783), a leading software and service provider based in Lakewood, Colo., will showcase technology that enables builders to improve their business by doing a better job of managing the construction supply chain.
For example, HomeSphere says that it has found that about two-thirds of the home builders it surveyed indicated that tracking and submitting paperwork was so cumbersome that they were less than confident they were getting all the rebate dollars to which they were entitled.
The following programs from HomeSphere are geared to strengthening supply-chain relationships:
- Home Sphere’s Web-based BRI® program lets builders track product use and manage cash incentives using the same kind of technology employed by the nation’s biggest builders. Once a month, builders simply enter their closing information, and a check is then sent for incentive dollars. At no cost, builders gain direct access to more than 60 of the industry’s top producers of paint, flooring, HVAC equipment, plumbing supplies and other critical building materials. HomeSphere will introduce several new BRI manufacturing partners at the IBS.
- Also Web-based, the AllTrack™ program is ideal for larger home builders who want to negotiate rebates with their own preferred suppliers. When each house closes, the program calculates earned rebate dollars and submits the invoicing paperwork on behalf of the builder. The program reduces the time it takes to handle this task, identifies additional rebate opportunities and enables builders to access quarterly and yearly standard reports and to access information by manufacturer, product, community and division-by-division comparisons.
- Builder 360® enables builders to strengthen their supply chain by improving their control over back-office processes. The fully integrated system handles tasks ranging from bookkeeping and purchase orders to estimating and invoicing. Under its single-data-entry architecture, changes made to a project automatically flow across the system, keeping all parties in the loop, cutting duplicative efforts and saving time and resources. The most recent enhancement to the program — Builder 360 v. 3.29.1 — features improved system performance and the addition of Sales 360, a front-end sales-office function. It will debut at the IBS.
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HomeSphere is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.
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