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Hello all. I'm a veteran residential builder/contractor and I am wondering how many of you would welcome the opportunity to access your regular suppliers inventory for purposes of estimating and ordering? If you're a small contractor like me, you typically find yourself putting together a proposal for a potential client after putting in a regular day on the job. Or perhaps you find time to work on the proposal over the weekend. Certainly not when your distributor or lumberyard, etc. aren't open. Maybe they're open, but none of the desk personnel is available to check on prices or availability of the items you need for your job.
If any of this is true, would you be likely to use a dedicated, secure, contractor access program which would allow you, an approved contractor already identified within your regular distributor's database, to access inventory & pricing? This information would allow you to check prices, availability, possibly even place & confirm an order, all without your distributor even being open for business. No wasted time standing at the sales desk or on the phone waiting for some guy (probably the new desk guy who doesn't even know you yet) to come up with the information you need right away!
Please give me your thoughtful comments and let me know if you think this would be a valuable asset in your contracting experience.