There's no doubt about it, digitalization has arrived in the German window industry. You still see operations where too many production steps are controlled manually, where paper and folders route the component through production. But there are fewer and fewer of these companies, which tend to use software programs in isolation. And that's the way things should be, for anyone who goes on like this will soon disappear from the market.
Strong thanks to digitalization
Although ever more window companies are implementing automated, networked production, this is usually a reaction to the rapid price decline on the European market and the simultaneous lack of specialized workers. A company that wants to remain successful will digitalize consistently and eliminate work that does not add value, for example, a lot of searching for required elements, which frequently continues even onto construction sites. The current Corona pandemic has accelerated this development: administration is increasingly being done from home offices, which shows that digital company-wide communication is indispensable. Intelligent digitalization ensures maximum efficiency and faster throughput times with the resulting market advantages.
Incorporate the partners
But the value chain doesn't begin and end at the individual window company. That's why intelligent cooperation with glass suppliers, for example, ensures clever logistics for glazing. Digital orders are sent directly to the insulated glass manufacturer's ERP system with optimal configuration, so that the order can be integrated quickly into production: the lites are delivered to the window company precisely when they are needed in the desired sequence so that end customers can be offered quicker delivery times.
Our window company's trade partner sent the order directly to the producer's A+W Cantor software via the dealer software A+W Cantor Reseller or the A+W iQuote Webshop: dealers are optimally incorporated into the supply chain. Since suppliers such as roller shutter and sunshade manufacturers are also integrated, the dealer can configure the product easily, e.g. via the A+W iQuote Webshop, and create the necessary orders.