While the software solutions for businesses in the promotional product industry have some similar features, there are also slight differences for each. For instance, if you run a commercial screen printing business, being able to input size matrix and have print estimating software is important. These functions would be entirely useless for an award company, however.
Your award company business software should help streamline your business, from consolidating your record of past jobs to estimating prices for future ones, help you sell kitted awards or completed awards, allow you to attach digital files to any work orders and transactions, and much more.
Here are a few of the most important functions of software solutions for award companies.
• Your system should allow you to sell items individually or with components, allowing for replacement or repair orders and other sales.
• You should be able to track jobs that are on production based on specific machines or departments so that you can easily strengthen the weak points in your business. This helps you manage your production schedule, and thus your business, much more efficiently.
• All information from past orders, including design, matrix information, pricing, time spent to complete and more, should be stored in one place on your system. You shouldn’t have to pull documents from multiple locations to get all of the relevant information about a job, since software is meant to streamline.
• Your software should do pricing and job price calculations instantly for you, taking into consideration all of the variables specified, such as number in the order, materials used, model used and more. This frees up labor and time, and eliminates human error.