May 2018 The WBS Connection

May 23, 2018


Parade of Homes Season

Warmer weather season is upon us, and that means one very important thing in the home-building world — Parade of Homes! Read more to find out where WBS-supplied homes are located this year.

Home building associations all over the state are gearing up to showcase their area’s finest homes, and many of them are supplied with materials by WBS. We’re proud to partner with so many fine home builders and have our name linked with their masterpieces.

You’ll be able to find WBS supplied homes at the following:

Eastern Ridge Home Builders Association 2018 Parade of Homes June 1-3 and 8-10, Friday 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Madison Area Builders Association 2018 Parade of Homes June 9-24, Tuesday through Friday 4 to 8 p.m. (closed Mondays), Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fox Cities 2018 Parade of Homes August 11-12 and 16-19, Weekdays 5 to 8 p.m., Weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Virtual Reality Kitchens and Baths

Finding the best, most innovative ways to provide service in the building supply industry is our forté. Virtual reality kitchens and baths certainly are the future, and we have them!

Designing a kitchen — and knowing whether all the elements chosen will look good together — is probably the most difficult part of building a new home or renovating an existing space. That’s why our kitchen and bath design departments, Elements by WBS, have the best virtual technology available.

Instead of seeing a black-and-white rendering of their kitchen or bathroom, Elements customers are able to put on a pair of goggles and take a virtual walk through their space. Every element of the design — from cabinets and countertops to the backsplash and flooring selection — is visible through the virtual reality (VR) goggles and 360 View by 2020, our design software.

“When you put something in color and you’re able to put textures to it, they can really see what it’s going to look like at the end,” said Elements designer Lori Engelhart, who demonstrated the software and VR goggles at our recent customer appreciation event. “We’re moving forward and being the best in our industry.”

After customers leave the showroom, they can view their virtual kitchen in 3D using a provided link. This allows them to share their design with family and friends and mull over any possible changes from home.

Most of our competition isn’t using this technology yet, but it’s certainly what the customer wants, and we love being ahead of the game.


WBS Enhanced App

As a busy professional contractor, you’re constantly on the go. When your office becomes your work truck most days, using our app — which is available for your desktop and mobile devices — is essential to creating order at your job sites.

The latest version of our app provides anytime access to everything you need to get your jobs done. It allows you to effectively manage projects from your computer, phone, or tablet and keep your jobs moving even when you’re not on site.

Our enhanced app allows you to track and manage deliveries, view jobsite delivery photos from our pros, contact your sales rep, and sent texts to your crew. With the WBS app, accessing your billing information has never been easier — view upcoming bills, see individual invoice items, and filter by job.

The customizable app allows you to turn off and on push notifications and only display the jobs you manage. If there are unforeseen changes in your delivery schedule, you’ll be notified. You’ll also be able to keep track of upcoming events, promotions, and special offers.

We’ve spent the past two years developing systems that function with our app to make your job easier and more efficient. We know that technology is the key to your future success as a professional contractor, and partnering with WBS puts that technology and success at your fingertips with no additional charge.

If you’re not using our app, start today by downloading here!