Bell Lumber and Pole Company has chosen to partner with Configure One, leading provider of Web-based product configurator and configure, price, quote software.
Online PR News – 29-July-2014 – Configure One (www.configureone.com), a company known for its quality product configurator software, was recently selected by Bell Lumber and Pole Company, supplier of treated wooden poles to North American utility markets, as the provider to automate and simplify Bells quoting process. A century-old company based out of Minneapolis, Bell Lumber & Pole Company ran a comprehensive evaluation before selecting Configure One. Ultimately, the privately held company decided Configure Ones Concept Enterprise Product Configurator was the best option for drastically boosting its overall business efficiency.
“We are passionate about employing technology at the right time and right place in our business to improve efficiency, ” said Tom Bell, CEO of Bell Lumber and Pole Company. “Configure Ones Concept product configurator is an excellent example of where technology has a significant payback and frees up decision makers and sales staff to execute with excellence.”
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Bell Lumber and Pole Company is in the same family as Alamco, LLC, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly commercial beams. Due to the high degree of complexity in Alamco products, the quoting process is typically time-intensive and laborious, involving engineering, costing and calculations. Without Configure Ones software, each quote would require a lot of experience and product knowledge.
“The entire quoting process is manual and based on spreadsheets, ” said Michael Mooney, IT consultant at Bell Lumber and Pole Company. It was clear that product configuration and quotation software [from Configure One] could help Alamco’s CPQ process and improve quote lead time and accuracy and increase quote throughput.
While Alamco will be the first Bell company to implement the new software, Bell Lumber and Pole Company hopes to expand the software to other divisions, too. In fact, Concept was specifically chosen because it is a product that will eventually accommodate the differing requirements of other branches of the business.
“Currently, quoting is a bottleneck. There is a lot of product knowledge required to produce a quote. We want to capture that knowledge via the configuration rules in Concept. This will increase the number of people that can create an accurate quote, ” Mooney said. “Concept will provide Alamco with accurate costing and a professional-looking quote document. The integration between Concept and our CRM and ERP systems will further streamline the CPQ process and help eliminate mistakes [that result] from manual data entry.”
This new partnership between Configure One and Bell Lumber and Pole Company is one of many similar relationships created by a desire from manufacturers to automate the CPQ process. By speeding the quote-to-production time and improving quote accuracy, Configure Ones software can free up a companys sales staff to focus on business.
About Configure One
Configure One is a leading provider of web-based product configurator and CPQ (configure, price, quote) software. Configure Ones Concept Enterprise Product Configurator is an enterprise CPQ application that enables companies to efficiently sell and process orders for configurable, multi-option and customizable products and services. Configure Ones customers are able to increase revenues while reducing costs by automating much of the sales, order entry and engineering processes. Customers include industry leaders such as ABB, Alstom, Emerson Electric, Danaher, Dover Corporation, Dow Corning, General Dynamics, ITW (Illinois Tool Works), Leggett & Platt, Masonite Corporation, Mitsubishi, Otis Elevator, SPX Corporation, Stanley Black & Decker and Sumitomo.
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“Configure Ones Concept product configurator is an excellent example of where technology has a significant payback and frees up decision makers and sales staff to execute with excellence.”