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New app promises to set free on-site ordering

Construction companies big and small are set to reap the rewards of faster, more efficient ordering following the launch of a new digital purchase ordering tool.

The tool – known as ONSO – promises to modernise the interaction between site, office and supplier, enabling orders to be requested, approved and submitted in three easy steps using a smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Short for ‘Onsite Orders’, ONSO has been designed to be easy to use and quick to set up. 

Chris Murphy, Managing Director of ONSO, said: “In construction, if the right part isn’t there at the right time, the job simply can’t move forward. I’ve been working on building sites for more than ten years, and in my experience the process of buying supplies and parts can often be complicated and slow. 

“We wanted to build something simple to use so when you’re out on site, you can place an order on your phone and have it approved and off to the supplier in seconds, with an accurate record of what the order was.”

A subscription to ONSO also includes access to built-in analytics tools, which its creators say can help businesses to better understand their purchases, including recognising the source of any overspends and identifying areas for improvement.

Chris adds: “In my experience, there are still areas of the British construction industry which are yet to unlock the full potential of technology. We believe that tools like ONSO have a real part to play in helping UK businesses stay competitive post-Brexit.”

Tim Dawson, director of drainage company DASA, was among the site’s first users: “We were up and running in no time and are already seeing the benefits. ONSO has helped to enhance and streamline our ordering processes and the integration with Sage compliments our invoicing. DASA has had a really busy year, so it’s helped to minimise human error and ensured that projects can run smoothly. I would recommend it to businesses like ours that want to keep on top of their orders and ensure their systems are robust.”

Find out more

ONSO is free to use until the end of January 2019, after which users can choose the package that best suits the needs and size of their business. To find out more and get started, visit onso.co.uk.

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