At one time I provided a client with a daily sales summary report. Each of his locations would fax a form they had prepared by hand to my CPA firm
and we would summarize the sales for the previous day, month-to-date, and year-to-date. The client needed this information as fast as possible in
order to adjust advertising programs and to be able to react to stores that were having problems. Waiting for the financials next month was simply
not an option. The rub was that it was very costly to produce this daily sales report because of the problem with faxes, people in the stores not
knowing how to fill out the forms, etc.
Automating the sales order system using the Cloud approach eliminated the fax machine and all of the related problems of "did you send it" and
"I can't read this number" calls. Since sales were entered as they were produced, managers did not have to wait for a daily report
due in at 11:00 each morning. The error rate went down because the people most familiar with the sale were doing the actual database entry. The
amount of timely information zoomed since the managers could not only see the total sales, but drill down to individual sales and their gross margins.
While there was a cost for the initial software, the Client recovered that cost in about 4 months through improved efficiency in their sales process.
Since every business derives it's value from how it uniquely deals with it's customers, the only way to approach sales order software is by
customizing it to fit how you want to do business. This makes a blanket quote for sales order software impracticable, but I can give you several
options to consider:
- Flat fee quote based upon what it is you want. This is my preferred approach and typically the fee is between $5,000 and $10,000.
- Hourly rates, if you prefer.
- Rental rates that can be as low as $250/month.