North American Lumber's 20 stores go live on bisTrack

North American Lumber's 20 stores go live on bisTrack

Author: C. Randle
Date: Jan 03 2011

RICHMOND, BC (December, 2010): Progressive Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that North American Lumber Limited, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has completed the implementation of bisTrack business management software at all 20 stores, a significant “milestone for North American Lumber”, according to president Martha Konantz.

With the traditional yards and stores complete, North American’s ready-to-move home’s division is next being brought into bisTrack’s common system. “I feel we are just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of the value we will gain from the system,” Martha continues.

North American is a privately owned lumber and building products company, which has been serving Pro Builders and Do-It-Yourselfers in Canada for over 100 years. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, the company has been building on its reputation of exceptional service to their customers, supplying a wide range of building materials at great value.

Upon becoming president in 2007, Martha Konantz quickly identified the need to consolidate all of their operations onto a single business management system. Numerous different software and manual systems in place throughout the organization are being replaced with a 90-user, 26-location bisTrack implementation system.

Andrew Roise, Senior Account Manager for Progressive Solutions recalls, “From day one, Martha knew she needed better information to run a business that spans three provinces and several thousand kilometers, and she knew she needed the information to be complete, accurate and up-to-the-minute. Her team knew they wanted a system with a solid foundation on SQL Server, the ease of the intuitive Windows interface, and the functionality to support a diverse range of business operations and strong centralized processing options - bisTrack was a perfect fit.”

Progressive Solutions is pleased to help North American Lumber become more efficient and more competitive both at the individual store level and companywide.


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