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How LandscapeHub’s integrations help streamline services

April 10, 2020 -  By
LandscapeHub landing page (Photo: LandscapeHub)

Data driven The recent integrations will allow users to better keep track of their purchases and data. (Photo: LandscapeHub)

LandscapeHub, a virtual marketplace for the landscape contractor, recently partnered with Dynascape Manage 360, Epicor, Aspire Software Co. and LandOne to offer green industry professionals an automated sync between those platforms and LandscapeHub.

LandscapeHub is a wholesale order management tool that helps landscape professionals find and order materials efficiently and quickly.

As of press time, LandscapeHub is also working on one more integration that has yet to be announced.

“Our goal is to make our users’ lives easier — that’s a core part of our mission,” says LandscapeHub COO Josh Chapman about the integrations.

With this new capability, LandscapeHub users’ data from other platforms, including Dynascape, Epicor, Aspire and LandOne, will automatically populate into LandscapeHub with the click of a button.

“For users of LandscapeHub who already use these different types of software or who choose to use them in the future, they’ll be able to get that data in LandscapeHub much faster, and it will allow them to own their data and have more intellectual capabilities on how they’re using their money and what they’re purchasing,” Chapman says. “Those are going to be the two biggest benefits: time savings and having access to better data. We believe that, over time, they’ll also see cost savings.”

For Aspire Software Co., the main driver behind the LandscapeHub integration is the simplification of the purchasing process, according to Aspire CEO Mark Tipton.

“We know what our customers need to purchase, that’s the data that we track in our system, and so at the customers’ choice, they can feed that data to LandscapeHub who will then quote it for them and give them availability and pricing information,” Tipton says. “We expect that the integration will become tighter and tighter, and (users) will be able to do things like check pricing as they’re bidding jobs.”

What to expect

The Dynascape and LandOne rollouts are available now, while the Epicor and Aspire integrations will become available for end users in the third quarter of 2020.

Landscape worker and machine (Photo: LandscapeHub)

The integrations with LandscapeHub will shorten the time it takes to purchase supplies, thus saving on labor. (Photo: LandscapeHub)

Overall, the LandscapeHub platform will exhibit the same look and feel as before, Chapman says.

“We’re taking a very pragmatic approach to the integrations, so we’re not going to roll anything out until it’s working the right way,” Chapman says. “We want to make sure we’re actually releasing it cleanly and that it’s a seamless integration for users so there’s no challenges for them.”

End-user benefits

Sam Kirkland, strategic relationship manager at Epicor Software Corp., says he views technology as helping business in four key areas — cash flow management, employee productivity, customer engagement and business analytics. He thinks the recent integrations with LandscapeHub will particularly help end users with productivity and cash flow management.

“Before, (the user) might have had to order from two or three suppliers, but I can do that while sitting down one time. I can consolidate the time that it takes me to place an order to potentially 1/10th, 1/20th of the time that it used to take me,” he says. “So, there’s huge labor savings on the owner’s part, and I now know the cost of the inventory.”

Tipton agrees.

“Right now, when users do the purchasing, they print something off our system and email it over to somebody or retype it in online,” he says. “This integration will make landscape pros more efficient and help them purchase better too. They’ll have choices that’re easy for them to see. Instead of sending out quotes to four or five different vendors, they can click a button and immediately get back that information from one source.”

The background

LandscapeHub’s recent integration announcements come as the company’s growth has expanded from a two-state reach to a 23-state reach within a two-and-a-half-year window.

“We felt that we got to a point where we could support (those other platforms) because we had enough partner suppliers around the country, and we could cover any of the orders we needed to and also carry them out,” Chapman says.

He adds that LandscapeHub chose which software companies to partner with based on its users’ feedback.

“We had thousands of LandscapeHub users, and as we collected their feedback, we also asked what systems they use to manage their businesses, and it became apparent that these companies we partnered with are some of the biggest leaders in the industry,” Chapman says.

Kirkland says the LandscapeHub integrations help fill a technology gap in the landscape industry as a whole.

“I want to see the industry itself adapt into newer technology and be able to use what’s out there,” he says. “With the new generation coming in on how they purchase, how they buy products and research, there was a lack of a better way to buy a product that fit the need of what they’re trying to accomplish.”

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor. She can be reached at swebb@northcoastmedia.net.

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