White Cap Construction Supply has introduced “the ultimate power tool,” a new Web site at www.whitecap.net. The site is designed to give the professional contractor important business and purchasing information not otherwise available in the field.
Contractors can research and purchase a wide selection of products, check out specials or request a catalog or line card. But this barely scratches the surface of the Web site.
Whitecap.net also gives registered customers the ability to create customized material packages for bidding and planning purposes. It lets them access their account history, reprint invoices, obtain statements and record purchases by the job.
The site offers fully customized data for each registered customer. Shoppers can create and maintain complete purchase histories for each job. They may search for and reprint invoices using invoice number, purchase order number or White Cap part number.
Registered users can access priorperiod monthly statements or produce a current account statement that reflects the activity of the previous business day. Ship-to job sites may be added under the customer’s master account. Specific job site histories let the customer identify projects on an invoice-by-invoice basis and receive statements sorted by job.
Besides these backroom office functions, White Cap’s site provides customers the ability to review and print Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Technical Data Sheets for many of the products used in large, complex construction work. Calculators help with concrete and waterproofing calculations, and the regularly updated construction glossary is one of the most complete and comprehensive listing of construction terminology on the Web.
White Cap has taken measures to ensure a high level of security for customer data. Electronic data used in conjunction with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB is tested and certified daily by ScanAlert Inc.’s Hacker Safe software. Once a customer’s account is established and linked on the Web site, an account administrator chosen by the customer may add and remove users. All access to customer specific data is password protected.
The secure, on-demand availability of Whitecap.net lets White Cap customers monitor account and purchasing activity and build in jobs or custom packages in just a few steps. It is accessible via desktop, laptop or handheld computer, allowing customers to select and utilize the options best suited to their individual needs.
Bob Mealey is director of Web-based services for White Cap Construction Supply Inc.