When it comes to the progress of technology in the LBM world, there’s often the connotation that it’s an industry still run by handshake deals for orders of truckloads of sticks.
But the industry continues to make technological advancements in hopes of driving better efficiency and improved customer service to assist home builders and remodelers drive their own businesses forward.
Prior to the mega-merger between Builders FirstSource and BMC, the two companies each had digital initiatives underway.
According to Builders FirstSource Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions Tim Page, the companies deployed technology within two digital domains: improving internal operations and interacting with customers. The company will now focus on a third digital domain: using technology to help its customers operate more efficiently.
“Prior to the merger, both companies were focused on the first and second domains and achieved productivity gains from the deployment of technology tools such as delivery management, millwork configuration, and automated material take-offs,” Page explained. “We were also improving interaction with our customers through purchase order automation, lead generation tools, and sharing information over customer portals”
Since the January merger was completed, it allowed the new, larger company to learn from one another’s best practices while choosing the best solutions to continue improving its offerings.
“Builders don’t currently have the tools they need to do their jobs most efficiently. We’re committed to developing tools that reduce planning time, effectively integrate the design into the build process and ensure alignment across all stakeholders,” Page said. “Such tools improve communication and transparency to better meet the needs of our customer’s business, their homebuyer or homeowner customers and other project stakeholders.”
Page said Paradigm has a history of helping industry participants boost sales and become more efficient through a simplified process for configuring, quoting and manufacturing complex products.
“We will continue to invest in the core Paradigm Omni configuration technology. That technology also powers a new product, Paradigm Omni for Homebuilders, a software solution that creates a 360° virtual home design experience,” Page explained. “It allows homebuyers to customize their dream home, see how selections affect pricing and building allowances and visualize their choices — all before building begins. We believe scalable configuration and visualization technology will enable productivity, improve construction and transform our industry.”