Richardson, TX — October 8, 2014 — Systemates, Inc. announced today that its valued retail client Petco won a 2014 Constructech Gold Vision Award in the Corporate Owner: Retail/Chain category. Petco was recognized for its successful implementation and adoption of web-based construction management software Projectmates in managing its construction processes. Constructech also honored Systemates for being the technology enabler of Petco in construction project management.
The award was received by Mr. Steve Ausdenmoore, Director of Construction for Petco, during the 2014 Vision Awards Ceremony held at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel on October 3, 2014. The industry's leading construction firms gathered in excitement at the ceremony to discover which builders, contractors, and corporate owners would be named this year's Constructech Vision Award winners. Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards were given out to deserving companies; Petco received the Gold Vision Award.
We are honored to have been recognized by Constructech Magazine receiving the 2014 Gold Vision Award. Projectmates has provided us a software program that streamlines the way we manage our construction projects, eliminating other tools and programs that were highly inefficient and labor intensive. We definitely could not have done it without the support and partnership from the Projectmates team," Mr. Ausdenmoore said.
Projectmates is a web-based construction management software that is designed to manage the complete lifecycle development of construction processes — from conception through closeout. Petco has been using Projectmates as its retail construction management solution since 2012 and has obtained notable time and cost reduction in construction processes. Petco's Construction Department is an integral component of the company's success and works closely with store design, merchandising, and signage teams. Petco was struggling with multiple tools that were highly inefficient and labor intensive. Projectmates was the best choice for Petco's retail construction program because Projectmates provides a full suite of construction tools, enables collaboration with dispersed participants, and is flexible enough to configure the access rights, structure, workflow, and approval processes as per the unique requirements of Petco.
Petco construction is now more competitive because of efficiencies gained through Projectmates. Approvals for Capital Expenditure Requests, change orders, and invoices that used to take several weeks are now completed in just a few days. Petco has already processed over 1,600 invoices in Projectmates. Invoices database is tightly integrated with the Accounts Payable, which eliminated double entry process and delays. In addition to the Projectmates/AP integration, Petco has better oversight into the bidding process. With Projectmates, all bidding is done online, and Petco has complete oversight without additional work. The Ball-in-Court feature from Projectmates benefits everyone involved in an approval process by listing all outstanding items for all projects in one central place. The whole system has saved Petco countless hours.
Projectmates is committed to excellence and innovation in the construction industry. Highlights of Petco's exemplary use of Projectmates include:
- Since implementing Projectmates in late 2012, Petco has provided controlled web access to over 150 partnering contractors, architects, and vendors. This has reduced data entry for Petco, streamlined approvals, and provided better oversight to all parties.
- Petco construction is more competitive because of efficiencies gained through Projectmates. The entire construction management process has become automated. Petco has been able to reduce approval time by 2-3 weeks for invoices and pay applications, capital expenditure requests, and change orders.
- In less than a year, Petco has done 100% electronic bidding on over 60 stores. Projectmates auto creates a bid comparison worksheet, saving Petco from having to manually compile bid data.
- Petco Accounting has saved countless hours of data entry because Projectmates is integrated with Petco's AP system.
- Petco was able to discontinue use of other outdated, cumbersome software programs.
About PetcoPetco Animal Supplies is a privately held pet specialty retailer that sells pet specialty products and services, such as grooming and dog training. Founded in 1965, Petco began as a mail-order veterinary supplies business called UPCO. By 1979, UPCO became Petco, and the first official Petco store opened a year later in Tigard, Oregon. Today, Petco employs more than 24,000 associates and operates more than 1,200 Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores, and 9 Pooch Hotels across the U.S. Petco has more than 10,000 different pet-related products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small animals. Learn more at www.petco.com.