America Building Products

September 10, 2014

America Building Products

Company

America Building Products

Location

Jefferson City, MO

Sales Profile

19 Users, 2 Locations, Locally Hosted

System

Agility

Implemented

February 03, 2003

Industries

Millwork

Information

Based in Jefferson City, Missouri, America Building Products (ABP) was established in 1991 as an employee-owned millwork distributor specializing in value-added services such as pre-finishing doors.

The Challenge

In 2001, ABP built a new distribution facility with a five year growth plan. Two years later, they hit their growth goal and realized their outdated ERP system would not be flexible enough to grow with them. In turn, ABP business manager Jen Brooks began looking for a new software system in 2003. ABP needed the capability to not only run reports, but to apply the data to make better business decisions and manage the company’s growth. Without an IT staff, ABP searched for a software system that was tailored to the millwork industry and easy for employees to learn.

The Solution

Agility was designed specifically for the building materials industry. From two-step wholesalers to one-step pro dealers, Agility allows ABP to fully manage their business processes. The advanced technology and functionality makes sure that ABP stays ahead of the competition. “We heard a lot of promises, but Agility was the first fully-integrated, intuitive millwork application we had seen and it just blew us away,” explains Brooks. Deployed in just four months, Agility significantly reduces ABP’s business process time. With its ability to handle complicated special orders, invoicing, and accounting, ABP now has a clear, real-time picture of their operation.

ABP needed a software that would help them manage their inventory and increase efficiency for both the warehouse and front office. To accomplish this, ABP utilizes Agility’s Suggested Purchase Order (SPO) feature. The systems allows ABP to create suggested purchase orders based on the supplier, product group or buyer. The system then determines the need for each time based on inventory status and reorder data. Agility’s SPO provides instant information on inventory availability, then suggests a purchase order based on that item’s sales and costs it out. “Instead of having to go into the warehouse and deal with bins of products and over 3,000 SKUs and vendor part numbers, Agility has it all there in front of you and explains how it arrived at the decision,” explains Dave Johnson, ABP purchasing manager.

Since implementing Agility, ABP has seen their business operations handled with increased efficiencies. “By letting Agility do the math we have been able to reduce our inventory by 20 percent and have higher volume product on hand, increasing our sales by twelve percent,” adds Johnson. “As a multi-million dollar company, if you can reduce your inventory by twenty percent, you are doing wonders for the bottom line.”

“We needed software that really understood the millwork market with a self-service option to handle more business by tracking everything: inventory, customer information, purchase orders, and financials.”   -Jen Brooks, Business Manager, America Building Products