Storefront software is specialist software designed for the fenestration industry that empowers users with the ability to design windows and doors from concept, or to adjust existing designs, inputs and manufacturing methods to alter the style and construction to meet changing demands. Being a complete solution offering numerous modules specialist storefront software includes features such as pricing and quotation facilities, product configuration, resource and time management, along with advanced analytical capabilities to consistently measure and evaluate the performance of the business and the quality of the products that it produces.
It is paramount that the storefront software is able to grow with the business and react to trends in the environment. History has shown that businesses that rest on their laurels become outdated and uncompetitive. In today's competitive and global economic environment, the ability to meet the consumer in accordance with their specific requirements is a growing trend towards customization. The fenestration industry itself is under influence of key factors driving the future direction of doors and windows manufacturing.
According to Christina Lewellen, a leading specialist in the fenestration industry, key trends are shaping the future of the construction of doors and windows. One of the key drivers of change was identified as energy efficiency. The political and legislative movements to reduce the overall consumption of energy are affecting all industries and fenestration is no exception. With increasing pressure to build increasingly efficient buildings, suppliers of components such as doors and windows are following suit and trying to source inputs, adjust manufacturing processes and produce doors and windows that all reduce the use of energy consumption, both in their production and their use . Lewellen noted that further pressures will be placed on the fenestration industry to continuously innovate to find more energy efficient solutions, while at the same time meeting consumer demand for style and price. This will be a considerable and ongoing challenge for those in the industry. Those businesses who invest in their future through the use of innovative storefront software will have a natural edge in the marketplace over those who do not.
Additionally, the competitive nature of the industry will inevitably result in some manufacturing operations dropping out of the industry, voluntarily or through financial pressures. Lewellen notes that those who have been financially conservative and have invested in the best equipment will emerge as the winners. With the advantages that storefront software provides to organizations, this software will definitely provide the competitive edge when the going gets tough.