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ALTERNATIVE WINDOWS REAP ‘SCAN STATION’ REWARDS


Forward thinking trade fabricator Alternative Windows is reaping the rewards after installing ‘Scan Station’ software throughout its factory.


Scan Station is the new bar code scanning system from window industry software specialists First Degree Systems. Since kitting the factory out with it, Alternative Windows’ MD Barraclough says he is running a completely paperless operation that is much more efficient. He comments: “We initially incorporated Scan Station in April this year. Te consistency of the scanning systems has improved dramatically and we now have a lot more user options and facilities which are improving productivity – from fabrication right through to delivery. We don’t miss


items when loading the delivery vehicles up anymore, saving us a huge amount of time and benefitting our customers.” Alternative Windows fabricate both aluminium and PVCu and according to Darren scan station has been easily moulded around their requirements as a business, and resulted in significantly improved efficiency and cost- savings.


Tel: 01283 808042 or visit www.first-degree-systems.com


LEADS2TRADE TRUSTED LOCAL SUPPLIERS DO THE BUSINESS According to Andy Royle Leads2trade


Leads2trade, the company behind the nationally-recognised Trusted Local Suppliers network of consumer facing sites, reports a sharp rise in the number of installers signing up to its lead generation service.


Leads2trade generate double-qualified home improvement leads via its online network of Trusted Local Supplier sites – which is a 200 strong portfolio of highly ranking sites where homeowners register to find tradesman to carry out work such as conservatory and double glazing installations. All leads go through a rigorous vetting process to become double-qualified before they can be passed on to tradesman to


Sales Director, it is a combination of more and more consumers coming online to find tradesman via the TLS network and the tough economic times that has resulted in a record-number of installers becoming Trusted Local Suppliers.


follow up. Conservatory and double glazing installers can buy-in these leads once they have joined the network and showcase their products and services to homeowners looking to have such work carried out.


He comments: “By becoming a Trusted Local Supplier you have access to double qualified leads, which can be sent to you in any location, and any quantity you want, and a whole package of benefits for a very competitive price.”


To find out more visit: http://www. leads2trade.co.uk/


ADD VALUE TO YOUR PORTFOLIO WITH MODPLAN


What’s your opinion of patio doors, bi-fold doors and vertical sliders? Value-added products that give your portfolio the wow factor and increase your customer appeal? Or complex, time-consuming products that need to be manufactured by skilled operatives in larger quantities to make them viable?


Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s MD, says both are right. “Tese products are really appealing to consumers, but require skill and investment to manufacture well. Buying in these products from a trusted partner gives the benefits of having the products in your portfolio with none of the negatives.”


Heidi is convinced this is why sales of their specialist products such as patio doors, bi- fold doors and vertical sliders have increased recently. “Te housing slump means more homeowners are looking to improve their properties rather than move on. Lifestyle products are obvious areas to invest, and more fabricators and installers are turning to us to meet their customers’ requirements.”


Modplan has a standard order turnaround time of 7 to 10 days and offer a fast track service. Bespoke marketing support helps customers promote their portfolio. Other touches that make the Modplan difference are a factory dedicated to bi-fold and patio door production for maximum efficiency.


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Patio doors, bi-fold doors and vertical sliders are valuable products in any portfolio. If you want to offer them but don’t want to manufacture them, Modplan offers the perfect solution.


Email: sales@modplan.co.uk www.modplan.co.uk


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