CLEO cabinet specified in CET Designer.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Dec. 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer™ software, announces CLEO™ as a new customer in Configura’s Catalogues solution.
A Catalogue is a collection of a manufacturer’s products, stored in an online database managed by Configura and made available to thousands of CET Designer users around the world. For manufacturers, Catalogues is a fast way to get products into CET Designer. For users, Catalogues expands the number and diversity of manufacturers’ products available in CET Designer.
“The new CLEO Catalogue makes it easier than ever to give contract-furniture clients a design solution that fits their kitchen and break room needs as well as offers additional options for the workplace,” CLEO Designer and Product Manager Amy Edington said.
CLEO cabinet furniture is a full line of free-standing, custom-manufactured, commercial-grade cabinets and countertops made in Michigan and sold across the Midwest. The company plans to expand into dealerships across North America.
Configura’s Catalogues solution will help CLEO to expand even farther – in fact, globally.
“Catalogues is a fast-track way for manufacturers to make their products accessible to any designer, dealer, salesperson or specifier – anyone, anywhere in the world who uses CET Designer,” said Brooke Snow, business development manager, Configura.
Manufacturers control who has access to their products in CET Designer and, when updating products, also can instantly publish without involving Configura. For example, Haworth and Steelcase both independently manage their own Catalogues, making their products loaded into Catalogues available to their respective dealers.
In CLEO’s case, the company plans to make its products available to anyone using CET Designer. Users simply download the CLEO Catalogue from Configura’s website and into CET Designer’s Catalogue Browser Extension to begin specifying CLEO products.
“We see our new Catalogue as a growth tool for CLEO because it instantly gets our products in front of a huge number of decision-makers – especially those who may be looking for cabinet solutions that are not your typical built-ins,” Edington said.
CLEO cabinets are not anchored; rather, like furniture, CLEO base cabinets are free standing, and upper-wall cabinets are free hanging with a wall-mounted track that eliminates the need for direct anchoring.
“CLEO cabinets are flexible and customizable – easy to specify, reconfigure, move, add to, change, re-design, etc. – which makes Catalogues coupled with CET Designer an ideal specification solution for the system,” Edington said.
CET Designer users can quickly and accurately specify products, create 2D and 3D layouts and complete price quotes, and even make changes on-the-fly – from sizes to finishes to hardware. This work can be done in collaboration with customers, significantly shortening the design and decision-making process. The software also produces photorealistic renderings and videos as well as bills of materials and installation documents.
“The best thing about CET Designer is it gives designers and salespeople the opportunity to speak to clients in a language they understand – images. Images speak volumes to clients because they can visualize and feel comfortable with what they are ordering,” Edington said.
There are two ways that manufacturers can get products into Catalogues: use Configura’s Catalogue Creator software or have Configura create the Catalogue. Manufacturers can learn more at www.configura.com/catalogues.
CET Designer users can view and download publicly available Catalogues and the Catalogue Browser at Configura’s online Marketplace at www.configura.com/marketplace.
About the company
Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.
About CET Designer®
Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.
CLEO™ products are designed, produced and marketed by Viable and distributed through a network office furniture dealers and kitchen cabinet distributors. The full line of standalone cabinet furniture delivers with more storage, more style, more quality and more flexibility to configure (and reconfigure) at work or home. More information at www.cleocab.com.