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MicroD Expands B2B Web Services for Manufacturers with FurnishWEB Acquisition

August 07, 2013 · By Barry Welch · No Comments

The addition of the cloud-based portal technology will provide unique opportunities for home furnishings manufacturers to comply with and service customer needs by improving access and reliability of product, inventory, and order information for retailers and reps.

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Shared Containers

July 01, 2013 · By Jeff Roberson · No Comments

Over the weekend we added the ability for Staff and Sales Reps to enter Shared Container orders.  These are often referred to as Shared Containers, Split Containers, or Partial Containers. They are an important part of Order taking for many companies so we hope this helps to expedite the order process even more.  The new option is available for admin users to enable Sales Reps and Staff for container orders under the settings section of FurnishWEB.

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Image URL Added to Price Sheet

April 15, 2013 · By Jeff Roberson · No Comments

The image URL has now been added to the Price Sheet Excel report in the reports section.  This option runs an Excel report with product, pricing and urls for a given manufacturer.  These are timed links ( good for 30 days from downloading) so the images will need to be downloaded to another computer or server for continued use, but will will enable you to quickly load product images into another application, slide show, or photo gallery.  Please do not hot link to the images in the image library.

To run this report go to the Reports Tab in FurnishWEB, Click on the Price Sheet option, select your filter options, then choose Excel as the report type.  The image url options will then be show to run small, medium, large, zoom, or original.

Price Sheet URL options

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New Printing Options

November 15, 2012 · By Jeff Roberson · No Comments

We have added a few new printing options to FurnishWEB.  

 

  • There is now a Print link from the product list which will run an inventory report for the current filtered and sorted list.
  • The Order Report now has options for Photos, No Photos, and Messages to print or not print.
  • Territory Codes now print on the order detail and product detail
  • New Active Inventory Report option added to Dashboard Quick Reports links
  • New Options to Hide Pricing on Product and Price Reports
  • Added Multi-Select to Product Class

 

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Bassett Mirror Writes More Orders with eCat and FurnishWEB

October 17, 2012 · By Jeff Roberson · No Comments

Bassett Mirror is using eCat and scanners to write more orders.  The eCat iPad application is powered automatically with product and image data feeds  from FurnishWEB.  FurnishWEB's iPad integration with eCat allows you to manage product information, inventory, and images for eCat and send orders direct to FurnishWEB for order status and processing for customers.

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Order Pad, Photos, & Miscellaneous Enhancements

June 04, 2012 · By Barry Welch · 1 Comment

FurnishWEB Version 4.0.2 has been Released

We've introduced some enhancements to FurnishWEB over the past several weeks.   We're thankful for all our users' feedback and suggestions. 

Below is a summary of our new or enhanced functionality:

ORDER PAD

In the first of a series of planned enhancements to our ORDER PAD, this release enhances the experience of building container orders and some minor changes regarding experience of entering and saving orders.   FurnishWEB now provides an option to change the container size while building the order and even to build the order to fill multiple containers.  There are other improvements, too:

  • On container orders, the user can now 'Save as a Quote' without having met the container requirements and come back to the quote later and Move To OrderPad for completion.
  • The pricing disclaimer has moved sooner in the process prior to products being searched and added.
  • Added a preference so that some manufacturers to require a carrier selection.
  • Provide administrators the ability to re-export an order if there as a problem getting that order loaded into their back-office accounting database.
  • There is much, much more coming in our ORDER PAD and ORDER ENTRY area in general. Stay tuned.

PHOTOS & FILES

We fundamentally changed the way FurnishWEB stores and retrieves PHOTOS & FILES that are associated with products.  PHOTOS & FILES such as JPEG, PDF's, and Microsoft Word or Excel files  are now stored in the Cloud using Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) greatly expanding our capacity and download speed.  In addition to that FurnishWEB now also:

  • Allows the same photo to be associated to many products.
  • Multiple photo sizes are created and stored for selection by the user downloading the file depending on their intended use.
  • Thumbnail photos have been added to product search, order view & print, and invoice view & print.
  • Accurately creates RGB photos from uploaded CMYK originals without a major color shift.
  • Provides the ability to email links of one or more PHOTOS & FILES to other people, even non-FurnishWEB users.
  • Adds a new section under Products that searches for PHOTOS based on data specific to the photos for that manufacturer. For example, show all the ROOM SHOT photos that are HI-RES for a specific COLLECTION.
  • Sets up FurnishWEB for greater use of PHOTOS & FILES … so watch for more improvements in future releases

MISCELLANEOUS CHANGES

As always, there are many patches, modifications, and improvements applied to FurnishWEB along the way.  Here are are a few of the more notable:

  • Added indicator to show if an invoice has been paid. (note: not all manufacturers have provided invoice paid status as of this writing).
  • In Smart Sales, there is a new option to view historic sales in quantities in addition to the previous dollar amount reporting.
  • Added a new Quick Report to the Overview page to print a Stock Report for ALL items to go along with the Quick Reports for Active InStock items and Discontinued InStock items.
  • When searching or printing products, the criteria options now include the ability to choose more than one collection for the results.  For windows: Hold down the control (ctrl) button to select multiple options.  For Mac: Hold down the command button to select multiple options.
  • When searching or printing orders, invoices, and dealers, sales reps can now choose one or more dealers from a drop-down select box.  For windows: Hold down the control (ctrl) button to select multiple options.  For Mac: Hold down the command button to select multiple options.
  • Order and Invoice search results can now be sorted by dealer name instead of dealer number.
  • Some manufacturers provide three address lines for billing address and shipping locations.  These are now displayed consistently throughout FurnishWEB.
  • Added total weight and total cubic feet to order screen and reprint, invoice screen and reprint, order detail report, and invoice detail report.


We hope these improvements provide great benefit and we look forward to even more feedback.

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Bassett Mirror Implements FurnishWEB/eCat iPad App Solution

December 09, 2011 · By Barry Welch · No Comments

FurnishWEB in partnership with SuperCat Solutions has implemented SuperCat’s eCat iPad app for Bassett Mirror.  ECat is a sales representative tool for enhanced product presentation and order taking.  FurnishWEB together with eCat combines for an unbeatable combination for sales support in the furniture industry.

We’ve planned for sometime to offer our clients an iPad extension for FurnishWEB and we’re so pleased to have found a perfect match in SuperCat’s eCat solution.   Both companies have worked to integrate the system by creating a Connector so that data and photos in FurnishWEB can be fed into SuperCat.

And now our very first FurnishWEB customer, Bassett Mirror, has chosen to work with us and our partners at SuperCat.  The implementation went great.  The Connector is performing well.  Bassett Mirror’s sales reps started using eCat on their iPads about a month ago and all reports are very positive.  The eCat program with FurnishWEB integration is being very well received by the field.

Also, here's a post from HandShake 2.0 about FurnishWEB and eCat .... Handshake App for Sales Orders and Sales Reps in Home Furnishings.

Enjoy!

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FurnishWEB Respects Their Clients

September 20, 2011 · By Barry Welch · 1 Comment

In this video, Barry Welch talks about his company's respect for their clients and thanks them for the referrals that have helped FurnishWEB grow.


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SuperCat's eCat Offering FurnishWeb Portal

July 28, 2011 · By Barry Welch · 1 Comment

We spent significant time and money late 2010 and early 2011 creating an iPad app worthy of the FurnishWEB name.  We learned quite a bit and felt we were on the right track when I met Steve Thrasher, president of SuperCat Solutions.  Steve and his great team of developers have developed a beautiful iPad app that is perfectly targeted at the independent furniture sales rep user.  Exactly what we were working toward here at FurnishWEB.

In that first meeting, I knew Steve was someone we could work with.  Since then, we've halted work on our own iPad and threw our support and endorsement behind SuperCat Solutions eCat app.   Along the way both companies have worked together to integrate our two products.  We gave FurnishWEB a module to feed data and photo's directly into eCat.  And eCat has a new window that allows sales reps to access their FurnishWEB without leaving eCat on the iPad.  Its turned out to be a classic example of 1 plus 1 equals 3. 

We're very pleased to be working with SuperCat Solutions and we excited to offer the eCat app as an iPad extension of FurnishWEB ... giving sales reps an additional tool for presenting their product line and landing sales.

Here's a recent press release published in Furniture Today

Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, July 19, 2011

SuperCat's eCat Offering FurnishWeb Portal

WILSON, N.C. - SuperCat Solutions' eCat sales app is now offering a portal service that allows customers using an iPad access to FurnishWeb while logged into the eCat sales app.

SuperCat Solutions worked with Internet Databases, developer of FurnishWeb.

Sales representatives can now access FurnishWeb supplier extranets within eCat - an iPad app that takes the place of printed sales kits, among other uses - without app switching or a separate login.

FurnishWeb is an order management extranet for dealers and reps, featuring an online order, inventory, shipping and tracking system.

The update, which was released in the iTunes app store, makes it easy for sales reps to use FurnishWeb, said Steve Thrasher, president of SuperCat Solutions.

Earlier this year SuperCat purchased the eCat sales app from case goods importer Sarreid, where it was developed. The app automatically updates product, pricing and inventory information, submits orders, and checks inventories and order status.

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Smart Sales! New Report Trends By Month

November 29, 2010 · By Barry Welch · 8 Comments

Why "by Month"?

We've had Smart Sales in FurnishWEB for some time now.  FurnishWEB accumulates data from shipments/invoices by dealer and product for historic reporting.  Since we introduced Smart Sales the reports have shown annual data in a comparison format with columns for quantities and dollars for LAST_YEAR, LAST_YEAR_TO_DATE, and THIS_YEAR_TO_DATE.  Sales managers and sales reps have praised this addition to FurnishWEB, but (yes, there's almost always a "but") ... but, they'd like to also see this data by monthly buckets in addition to annual buckets.

I'd say that this has been the most requested enhancement to FurnishWEB by the sales reps over the past year.

Well, the wait is over!  Smart Sales now reports, prints, and downloads data with a monthly option.

Slice & Dice!

In adding the new monthly options, we decided to go ahead and improve the drop-down options and performance allowing more options to Slice & Dice the data. 

  • Sales Managers and company Owners can now run product reports that are company-wide instead of one sales rep territory at a time.
  • Speed and performance are vastly improved by a new method for sorting and paging through all the records.
  • Drop-down options have been added for sales reps and staff to select individual dealer account to review detailed trending without having to go to the Dealers tab and drill down.
  • And more ....

Future?

Wow... the options are endless for the future of this data.  We see charts and graphs, searching, more options to slice & dice, and maybe a new visual option of the data.  We'll get feedback from our great user base on this latest upgrade and go from there.  Just like we always do!

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