28 November 2018
Why should I use glass design software to draw up glass orders?
Or perhaps our title should have been ‘Why shouldn’t I be using software to draw up glass orders’ because the list of pros is so long and comprehensive and the list of cons is practically non-existent! Using software to draw up glass orders will reduce errors, save time and streamline ordering, keep you organized and calculate costs for you. Read on to find out how...
Reduce glass order errors
Mistakes cost money and can bring the workday to a halt while they get fixed, particularly if you're already on site and discover your glass is the wrong size or your notch is a few inches off.There are a multitude of ways for something to go wrong if you’re relying on pen and paper to draw and order glass, including:
- Writing down incorrect measurement/s
- Other people struggling to interpret your drawing
- Losing said piece of paper
- All of the above
Any glass design software worth its salt has safeguards to ensure your measurements make sense, can be clearly read and understood by anyone who looks at them, and are safely stored and backed up so you never lose anything again.
Know what your glass costs
Pen and paper have their strengths but automatically calculating glass costings isn’t one of them. Dedicated glass design programs (we’re talking specifically about glass software, not CAD programs) will let you preload supplier costs so you can price up a job as you draw, then send the completed quote over to the customer straight away. No time wasted going back and forth with the supplier or checking price lists to work out what’s what. You’ll also have total oversight of your margin — nothing is worse than underquoting a job!
Save time and streamline glass ordering
You may think you’re saving time by scribbling an order down on a notepad but the knock-on effect slows the process right down. It takes time for someone else to interpret that drawing (either internally or your supplier), extra checks are needed to make sure it’s been interpreted correctly, and the information on that piece of paper needs to be turned into a quote for the customer, a purchase order for the supplier, and a job order for your own team.
Depending on the software you choose and the machinery you have, you may be able to integrate the two and send your orders straight to production. Imagine how much easier life would be!
Share and standardize the expertise
Maybe you’ve been in this business awhile and you’re proficient at drawing up accurate and consistent glass orders every time. Can everyone in your business say the same? Establishing an agreed upon, uniform method of drawing up, storing, and submitting glass orders for your whole business will improve efficiencies and reduce errors.
Nothing is ever really deleted from the internet but that isn’t always a bad thing. If you’re using a cloud-based system, you'll always have a record of all the jobs you do which makes it easy to go back and reference them at any point.
Quote for a job six months ago and the customer only now wants to proceed? Your quote will still be sitting in the system, ready to go.
Customer breaks a backsplash you installed two years ago? Easily order a replacement panel using the file from the original order.
Don’t waste time on unprofitable tasks if you don’t have to!
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26 January 2023
The latest Smart-Builder glass software at Glasstec
The Smart-Builder team had a great time at Glasstec in Germany last year and got to show our latest glass software to thousands of glass businesses from around the world.
27 August 2021
Is your pricing strategy costing you money?
Getting your pricing right can be complicated. Customers are price sensitive and everyone is looking for a good deal. Finding that sweet spot where you are consistently winning jobs while ensuring that you’re making a decent margin can be like walking a tight rope.
15 July 2021
Is now the right time for glass software?
All industries have had to confront the uncertainty of a global pandemic and plan accordingly to get through this challenging time. Most businesses have had to review their processes and look at how they can be as efficient as possible. We've helped many glass companies get more out of the resources they have as well as give them the tools they need to be more successful. We’ll look at some of the most important factors involved in choosing the right glass software for your business.