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The Business Micros Group has added some valuable new features to its TOUCH Vendor software for installers, ahead of the upcoming launch of its accompanying TOUCH Portal software for fabricators and fully integrated TOUCH Connect option.

TOUCH Vendor is a lead generation and quoting tool for installers, packed with useful features to help them close the sale.

It already includes a window and door designer which installers can add to their website to generate warm leads from homeowners, a quote and survey tool, and a lead and quote management system.

Business Micros TOUCH Vendor software

Now though, Vendor has taken a giant leap forward with the addition of live, automatic pricing options.

Subscribers can set up their own pricing grid in Vendor based on the products they quote on, what they buy in at and what they sell out at. They can then include uplifts for colours, glass, hardware and ancillaries, and even add on prices for any extras they need such as installation, skip hire, plastering, sills and rendering.

What’s particularly useful about the pricing is that users have the option of quoting with automatic pricing turned on or off, or just using it for certain products on a quote. If they want to send a separate price request form to a supplier, they can do that as well from within Vendor, and they always have the option of running a test quote on every enquiry to validate the total before they send it to the customer.

Installers can also choose to display live product pricing on their website via the window and door designer and effectively price-condition potential customers with a subject to survey, supply only price before they enquire.

Graeme Bailey, Managing Director of the Business Micros Group, says that the pricing option makes Vendor an even more valuable tool for installers, particularly in the current hectic market: “Being able to price automatically means installers can save loads of time on every quote, and being able to pre-qualify retail enquiries with a ballpark figure means they are saving even more time not dealing with potential timewasters.

“As you’d expect from the Business Micros team, which includes the web development experts at The Consultancy and Glazing Vault, the pricing set up is intuitive and user-friendly

and comes with an online deployment wizard so subscribers can be up and running in no time. They only need to fill out their price grid once and if they need to add on a price rise from a supplier, they can set that to update automatically.”

As well as the new pricing option, TOUCH Vendor also now includes aluminium and timber products for the first time and a vastly expanded range of composite door styles and PVC-U options. It’s now arguably the most comprehensive quoting and surveying tool on the market, with a vast library of products and datasets which subscribers simply turn on or off in their Vendor setup depending on what they sell and install.

They can quote on and survey as many different products as they like on one enquiry, and there is no limit to the number of products they can access within their monthly Vendor subscription.

The product imagery for the aluminium, timber and composite door products matches the outstanding quality of the PVC-U imagery already in Vendor, and it all works seamlessly with the Virtual Home visualiser supplied as standard. This clever sales tool makes it easy to overlay window and door designs onto an uploaded photo of the customer’s home – with views from inside and out. It can be used for lead generation, in a face-to-face sales meeting or in a virtual sales call and the visual can be added to the quote sent to the customer in response to their enquiry.

TOUCH Vendor is still available with a month’s free trial. Installers just need to register their details at: to access the demo.

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