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Anglia launches the two minute BOM

1st February 2021
Mick Elliott

A Bill of Materials (BOM) tool which will deliver a volume quote in under two minutes has been launched by UK-based component distributor Anglia.

“I’m claiming a global first,” says Anglia CEO Steve Rawlins. “It’s superfast and very accurate.”

The launch of BOM+ is a culmination of 12 months of development by a 12-strong team at Anglia. Rawlins did the initial research amongst customers, notably contract electronic manufacturers (CEMs).

He hit a nerve with some of the small- to medium-sized CEMs. “They tend to have two or three projects per customer and so have a dependency on using BoM tools. They all want a quote straight away,” says Rawlins.

John Prior, Anglia’s Online Service Manager led the development team. He and his colleagues designed BOM+ as “an intuitive system to use, and we worked closely with customers from the get go.”

“Users can load 100 parts at a time. For commodity products where choice is democratic, the system uses industry standard part numbers and industry recognised part numbers,” says Prior.

Price breaks kick in at 1000 pieces.

Anglia BOM+ works with Excel and other popular file formats, and accepts data as the customer has entered it, providing an immediate volume quote.

Adds Rawlins, “It offers more flexibility and information far quicker than any similar tool in the industry. Customers can now get an instant quote from Anglia that fully reflects the volume that they are sourcing and any discount structure or negotiated pricing they have in place with us. We work the way the customer wants: BOM+ accepts most popular file formats using the customer’s preferred layout. In short, we’ve cut out the fuss in getting a Bill of Materials fully costed.”

Anglia can typically fulfil 90% of any BOM.

Cross referencing to manufacturer and industry recognised part numbers is also fully integrated into the tool, a feature that this is unique to Anglia. BOM+ provides sophisticated service, going above and beyond by pricing up the quantities specified at the customer’s contract price or the appropriate price break, whichever is more economical. It will also flag up opportunities to reduce the unit price by increasing the order quantity on specified line items.

 

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