A Year Like No Other

A Year Like No Other

And no. We’re not talking about 2020! Even though it may well have been a year like no other, we all know far more about how and why than we ever wanted to. Enough already and good riddance!

For office furniture dealers, what also promises to be a year like no other—and in a good way—is the one that lies ahead.

It’s not all good news, of course. Even with the promise of vaccinations rolling out to a growing segment of the population, there’s no reason to think that 2021, at least for the next few months, will not continue to confront us with the same challenges that we faced in 2020.

More encouragingly, though, there’s also every reason to expect the coming year will present the dealer community with some significant new opportunities to strengthen their business.

Ironically, those opportunities have come about largely as a result of the pandemic.

Before the COVID-19 virus, our industry had begun down the path of digital transformation path but it was at a snail’s pace that was painful for everybody.

The pace of change accelerated dramatically with the pandemic, giving people the opportunity—and the motivation—to leverage automation tools that never existed before.

Over the past six months if not longer, dealers have been holding enhanced virtual meetings, consolidating office space and digitizing and centralizing virtually everything they do in a way that is dramatically changing how they operate. And that’s just the beginning!

Step Two in the digital transformation process calls for a long, hard look at the technology you’re currently using to determine just how well it can function in the new, post-pandemic world that’s emerging.

What will really make 2021 a year like no other for your business is if you decide it’s no longer possible—and for many reasons it isn’t—to run your dealership using a system that fundamentally has not changed in ten years or more.

Ultimately, today and for the foreseeable future, using the right system is all about access to shared databases and consolidated interfaces. If you’re an office furniture dealer who’s using a system that does not have an integration point, then you should start looking at systems that do.

Otherwise, all you’ll end up doing is funding the further development of software that does little more than increase your own IT costs.

That’s never been the a way to run a business and today, the price for acting like it is is steeper than it’s ever been.

Putting it simply, you should always demand a clear and very obvious return on your IT investment. The only reason to increase your IT budget is to generate decreases in your other line items. If that’s not happening, all you’re doing is throwing good money after bad and it’s time to stop.

And if you do nothing else in 2021, it will make it a year like no other.

You will not only end up spending less money but you will also have better processes, better systems and, if you capitalize on the new business development opportunities that are out there, you’ll actually make more money.

Are you ready to stop settling for what the industry has accepted for far too long and start looking for the world class solutions that your business deserves and demands? We can help. To learn more, contact Avanto’s Matt Danyliw (PH: 860-400-6030; Email: mdanyliw@goavanto.com) or visit www.goavanto.com

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Testimonials

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A True Partner

Avanto has been a true partner by every definition of the word to Pivot since the outset of doing business with them two years ago. Avanto’s deep understanding of the subtle nuances associated with running a successful furniture dealership combined with Avanto’s connections with automation industry leaders brings a competitive edge to their solutions offering unmatched by any RPA vendor in the marketplace.

Pivot – MillerKnoll Dealership

D365

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2021-08-06T13:49:28+00:00

Pivot – MillerKnoll Dealership

D365

Avanto has been a true partner by every definition of the word to Pivot since the outset of doing business with them two years ago. Avanto’s deep understanding of the subtle nuances associated with running a successful furniture dealership combined with Avanto’s connections with automation industry leaders brings a competitive edge to their solutions offering unmatched by any RPA vendor in the marketplace.

Responsive & Understanding

They are responsive, very understanding of our processes, and willing to work through the new invoice issues as they arise.

Jill Carlson, Senior Business Systems Analysis

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

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2020-07-13T15:46:18+00:00

Jill Carlson, Senior Business Systems Analysis

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

They are responsive, very understanding of our processes, and willing to work through the new invoice issues as they arise.

World Class Service

With Avanto’s industry expertise, back office processing experts and automation solutions we have dramatically reduced the time, effort and cost of processing the numerous transactions required to deliver world class service to our clients.

Mehmet Bakkaloglu, MSAT

CFO, Khameleon User

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2020-07-13T15:33:02+00:00

Mehmet Bakkaloglu, MSAT

CFO, Khameleon User

With Avanto’s industry expertise, back office processing experts and automation solutions we have dramatically reduced the time, effort and cost of processing the numerous transactions required to deliver world class service to our clients.

Successful Implementation & Programming

Avanto successfully helped Atmosphere Commercial Interiors by implementing and programming the software to process our vendor invoices. Contract furniture vendor invoices are complex with all the rules needed for freight, Tariff, tax, etc. Matt & Dan were able to work through all complex issues and provide a complete accurate product.

Atmosphere – Steelcase Dealership

Hedberg

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2020-07-13T15:43:56+00:00

Atmosphere – Steelcase Dealership

Hedberg

Avanto successfully helped Atmosphere Commercial Interiors by implementing and programming the software to process our vendor invoices. Contract furniture vendor invoices are complex with all the rules needed for freight, Tariff, tax, etc. Matt & Dan were able to work through all complex issues and provide a complete accurate product.
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