Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) October 18, 2006 –-
TDCI Inc, a leading enterprise solutions provider, today announced that Therma-Tru® Doors, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems, has selected TDCI’s BuyDesign® software solution as the company’s new Internet-based sales system. Therma-Tru will use BuyDesign collaborative multi-level sales channel support capabilities and product configuration technology to offer online and distributed quoting, ordering, and status inquiry services to the company’s extensive national dealer/distributor network. The core BuyDesign Configurator will also be integrated with existing Therma-Tru systems for use by customer service representatives and other internal users.
“We selected BuyDesign because it has the flexibility to support all aspects of our multi-faceted sales channel, and because the core configurator gives us a platform to enable consistent product configuration and pricing across all of our sales and marketing activities,” stated Frank Glover, Therma-Tru Vice President of Information Technology and Business Development.
Therma-Tru will implement both the online and distributed capabilities of BuyDesign. Dealers will use the system to configure complete entry door systems with selected door, jam, and sidelights; produce quotes for their customers; and send orders to the appropriate distributor. Dealers will have the option of using either the web-based online system or a local desktop extension of BuyDesign installed on their own computer. BuyDesign utilizes the Internet to keep product information on locally installed systems updated using an automated process similar to the way Microsoft publishes updates to Windows and Office products.
Therma-Tru will also integrate the core BuyDesign Configurator with the order processing portion of their existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system so customer service representatives can use it to configure and price orders received via phone, fax, e-mail, and EDI. In addition, Therma-Tru and distributors will use the BuyDesign Configurator to produce content for product catalogs and price guides. By utilizing a common configurator and product data repository across all applications, Therma-Tru and Therma-Tru channel partners will greatly reduce effort while ensuring accurate and consistent product configuration and pricing results.
About Therma-Tru Doors
Therma-Tru Doors (http://www.thermatru.com) is the nation’s leading manufacturer of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems and the brand of entry doors consistently ranked as the most preferred by builders and remodelers. Therma-Tru offers complete entry and patio door systems, including handcrafted decorative doorlites and sidelites, transoms and door components through a national network of distributors, lumberyards and retailers. With headquarters in Maumee, Ohio, Therma-Tru has more than 2,700 associates and operates 8 manufacturing facilities in Butler, IN; Fort Wayne, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Roland, OK; Houston, TX; Fredericksburg, VA; Matamoros, Mexico and Cardiff, South Wales (UK).
Therma-Tru is part of $7 billion consumer products company, Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO), whose operating companies also include Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, MasterBrand Cabinets, the #2 kitchen & bath cabinet business, Master Lock, the world’s #1 padlock brand, and Waterloo Industries, the leading manufacturer of tool storage products.
About TDCI and BuyDesign
TDCI is an enterprise solution provider that specializes in helping manufacturers and their distributors streamline the selling process for customized products. TDCI’s BuyDesign software is a comprehensive sales and configuration solution developed to help companies increase sales and improve profitability by becoming ‘easy to do business with’ while reducing order processing time, cost, and errors. BuyDesign supports the entire ‘interest-to-order’ cycle with modular components for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing generation, and status inquiry. BuyDesign also includes applications for web-based interest generation and for product specification from within popular design products such as AutoCAD and others. For more information about TDCI and BuyDesign, visit http://www.tdci.com.