IdeaRoom is able to offer carport dealers a lower-priced subscription by re-using the products and pricing set up and supported by the supplier. In most cases, the supplier is an IdeaRoom customer, and the supplier’s subscription pays for this service. In other cases, a dealer may choose to pay for a supplier subscription. Dealers do this to add a supplier not currently supported on the IdeaRoom platform or to maintain independence in how they present products, options, accessories, and prices in IdeaRoom. Some dealers subscribe as a supplier and set up pricing they negotiate with suppliers to support.
Dealers with a dealer subscription sometimes ask IdeaRoom to add an option, change a business rule, or update a price. Since this data is inherited from the supplier’s data, we cannot make changes without coordinating with the supplier or determining that the issue is a bug rather than an intentional decision. Below are a few examples of these issues and an outline of options and potential workarounds.
Pricing Issues & Changes
Suppliers sometimes update their pricing due to rapidly changing circumstances, and it can take time before those changes are communicated to and adapted to by dealers. When a dealer reports a pricing issue to IdeaRoom, it may not be due to a bug in the software. Any of the following could be a cause:
The supplier updated their pricing, and they have not notified their dealer network yet, or salespeople are not fully familiar with the new pricing yet.
There may be some ambiguity in the supplier’s pricing method, or the supplier may have previously allowed multiple ways of pricing an option.
The supplier may have published incorrect information in their pricing sheets or documentation.
There is a bug in the supplier’s pricing data or formulas set up in IdeaRoom.
Before submitting a pricing issue to IdeaRoom, double-check the pricing calculation using the latest pricing information provided by the supplier. If applicable, reach out to your dealer support rep or pricing support person at the supplier to verify. If the issue still appears to be a bug in the IdeaRoom-generated price estimate, forward an example quote to email@example.com with the following:
Clearly note the line item(s) that are incorrectly priced.
Provide the correct pricing for comparison purposes.
Share any additional context that may be helpful.
Custom Building Sizes
Some suppliers choose to not show custom sizes in IdeaRoom, such as buildings lengths that do not align with exact frame spacing increments, typically 5 feet. This can simplify the customer’s experience by limiting the number of choices. It can also help limit the number of custom orders that slow down manufacturing. These choices also limit a dealer’s ability to design and price a custom order.
Door Height Restrictions
Suppliers may choose to enforce rules about the height of a door allowed on a sidewall. These rules are typically based on the physical height of the wall and the space available. In some cases, the rules are created for other engineering or business reasons. The supplier may not enforce all rules consistently and may allow exceptions; however, suppliers typically configure IdeaRoom to enforce these types of design constraints to prevent order and fulfillment problems. When a dealer encounters a constraint like this, they may report it as a bug when it is an intentional constraint.
Options & Workarounds
When encountering an issue with the product and pricing definitions specified by a supplier, dealers have the following options and workarounds:
Contact the supplier to request they make a change to their IdeaRoom configuration.
Use IdeaRoom to recreate the custom design as closely as possible; add comments in the submit dialog to note custom changes required; add custom line items in sales tools to finalize a price.
Create a custom order outside IdeaRoom using the manufacturer’s electronic or paper order form.
Subscribe to IdeaRoom for Carport Suppliers to set up your own product and pricing definitions.
There are elements of your IdeaRoom Dealer subscription you can change depending on your service level (Standard, Pro, or Enterprise). Below are some examples:
Dealer branding elements of the IdeaRoom site including logo and color scheme.
Content and information displayed in the contact bar below the header.
Submit form requested and required data fields.
Specific content blocks in save, quote, and order emails.
Building style list, labels, and default configurations.
Apply an across-the-board percentage markup to all pricing.