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Five Tech Resources for Running Your Business While Social Distancing

March 31, 2020

Construction Technology That Can Help Contractors Keep Projects Moving

A contractor’s job relies on connecting with people, often on the jobsite. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has created an environment where it’s challenging to continue collaborating with homeowners and team members in person. Luckily, there are construction technologies that can help throughout the entire life of your project — from quotes to material delivery— while also allowing you to work safely and practice social distancing.

1. Create Virtual Renderings With PictureitContractor on a laptop

You’re probably used to meeting with homeowners to view product samples and make decisions about which materials to use for a project. Social distancing makes this practice challenging, but ABC Supply’s Pictureit can help. To use this online program, ABC Supply customers upload a picture of the home and then “try on” different products using a list of their preferred product lines. You can share these virtual renderings with your client, making it easy for them to decide what type or color of roofing, siding or windows they’d like on their home.

2. Create Quotes With EagleView

Through EagleView’s integration with ABC Connect, ABC Supply customers can get detailed roofing and siding takeoffs and access ABC Supply’s products and pricing to generate accurate bids. This construction technology also allows you to calculate material and labor costs based on the size and complexity of a home’s roof — all without stepping foot on the jobsite.

3. Manage Budgets and Schedules With AccuLynx

Also available through ABC Connect, AccuLynx allows ABC Supply customers to build estimates, access ABC Supply’s product catalog to see pricing, track job costs, keep your crew informed and more. It’s a helpful tool for building estimates, managing budgets and staying on schedule during a project.

4. Meet With Clients Through Video ConferencingContractor using video conferencing

Over the course of a project, you check in with the homeowner frequently. Sometimes a phone call or text message will suffice, but other times an in-person meeting is required. You can still have face-to-face meetings with your clients while social distancing; you’ll just need to use a video conferencing service. Many services exist and are easy to use. For example, Zoom offers free one-on-one or group meetings that last less than 40 minutes. If you’ll regularly need to hold longer meetings, Zoom also offers monthly subscriptions for as little as $15 per month.

5. Keep Your Business Moving With myABCsupply

With myABCsupply you can perform many of your daily business tasks, such as managing your material orders and deliveries, without traveling to an ABC Supply location. Through myabscsupply.com or the ABC Supply app, you can easily confirm your order details, track your deliveries, see proof-of-delivery photos, view statements and pay invoices. You can even control which of your team members have access to your account, making it easy to collaborate in real time.

In the coming weeks, you will also be able to place material orders directly through myABCsupply. Note: The ability to place orders will be available for California residents at a later date.

In addition to using these programs, contractors are welcome to call their local ABC Supply locations to speak to an associate. Visit our blog for more tips, including information on the construction technology trends you should know about.