And they had some surprising news in store in the field of shipping logistics as well.
Browser-based product configuration
The definite highlight of this year's show was the web configurator A+W iQuote, which enables the browser-based configuration of even complex products based on up-to-date producer data without an installed ERP system.
Smaller dealers or those who have previously shunned the worked involved in classic order entry now have easy and guided access with A+W iQuote to more complex variant configurations.
A+W iQuote is the only web shop in the construction elements industry that works real-time with the actual data of the producer.
Many visitors at the A+W stand had the opportunity to observe comprehensive demonstrations of the system and were thrilled with the simple and secure order entry method. Yet A+W also has other options for optimizing orders.
A window manufacturer wants to order roller shutters for an existing order from an external supplier.
Good thing he creates his orders with A+W CANTOR: Without having to switch to another system or having to submit bothersome inquiries, he configures the roller shutters directly in his ERP system – using the actual data of the supplier, with automatic restriction check and everything one needs to create a proper order.
The reason that this works so well is because A+W CANTOR, in collaboration with the accessory supplier, has integrated their web configurator in the ERP system of the window manufacturer.
At FENSTERBAU FRONTALE the configurator was demonstrated at the ROMA stand. As an A+W CANTOR customer, your supplier's current product portfolio is directly available to you at all times.
Several large manufacturers have implemented this service with A+W CANTOR, such as Rodenberg, Warema, Obuk and Roma.
Of course, not only roller shutters can be ordered this way; you can order the entire product range of the supplier, whether Venetian blinds, insect screens, sunshades, garage doors, etc.
Orders are placed electronically, they are error free and take all corresponding purchasing terms into consideration.
A+W CEO Peter Dixen: "New sales channels shorten the route to the customer and create a genuine added value for all partners involved. The web shop A+W iQuote was without a doubt the most exciting innovation at the trade show in this field.
But also intelligent order management with external configurators, which we are constantly offering more and more of, optimize the sales process for construction element manufacturers. The processes are becoming quicker, more comfortable and more secure!"
A+W Logistics Optimizer
Optimized shipping logistics save time and money. A+W introduces their A+W Logistics Optimizer for windows and doors at this year's FENSTERBAU. With the new route planner, construction element manufacturers can comprehensively plan, handle and analyze their shipping processes.
The A+W Logis-tics Optimizer optimizes the loading and unloading sequence, the capacities of the vehicle and most particularly, route planning – this saves time and money and ensures delivery reliability.
The state-of-the-art logistics software calculates the shortest route, taking all of the route's destina-tions into account, in order to maximize the reduction of time and cost. The solution integrates entire truck fleets as well as route parameters and analyzes driving times to ensure that deliveries or collec-tions can take place on schedule.
The A+W Logistics Optimizer for windows and doors generates sequences in which destinations with higher priority receive their deliveries first. If necessary, routes are adapted to the current traffic situa-tion with the aid of GPS data in order to ensure timely delivery.
Restrictions such as time-consuming long-term construction sites, limited passing height, maximum weight for bridges, etc. are taken into consideration.