Plans4Less.com Makes Construction-Related Reprographics Faster, More Affordable

For Immediate Release – Summer 2016

Plans4Less.com Makes Construction-Related Reprographics Faster, More Affordable

Company founder, Brian Burke Tells SmartBidNet Users: “Just think of us as the FTD of the Reprographics Industry”

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Brian Burke, visionary founder of Plans4Less.com, who calls his business model “the FTD of the reprographics industry,” was the featured guest on the popular,  highly-acclaimed #ConTechTrio PodCast (‘Talking Construction Tech’ – Follow link:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plans4less) during the 2016 SmartBidNet Users Conference held this summer in Austin, Texas. The topic was ‘The Changing Repro Industry.’ (Shown are Brian Burke at left and Rob Mckinney of JBKnowledge.)

Burke has caught the industry’s attention since launching Plans4Less.com several years ago, an innovative fixed-rate pricing model being used by construction industry-related firms of all sizes and types across the U.S. His concept was adopted by an industry leader in online construction bid software, SmartBidNet, a product of JBKnowledge, which has integrated Plans4Less.com into their software for general contractors and subcontractors.

The integration and collaboration made possible through the combination of SmartBidNet’s software and the Plans4Less reprographics capabilities puts contractors and subs, literally, on the same page. Using Plans4Less.com, project managers can turn digital documents into large format prints, delivered almost anywhere within 24 hours – sometimes even on the same day thanks to Burke’s national partner network.

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During the SmartBidNet Conference podcast, Burke described advantages of using Plans4Less.com and notably, the value of consistency in using the same company for all job sites. “A company with a jobsite in Texas and one in New York can be using the same printer, and relax knowing their plans will be delivered next day at a consistent price, wherever they’re needed,” said Burke. “The flat rate pricing allows companies to know what they’ll be spending on each job before placing the order. It takes location-based variables out of the equation.”

Hosting the interview with Burke were the ConTechTrio: SmartBidNet maker JBKnowledge’s CEO James Benham; Rob McKinney of ConAppGuru, a source for apps to manage and track tools for construction; and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Consultant Josh Bone.  

Burke is a pioneer in the reprographics industry having helped it evolve from pre-computer technology. He told Conference attendees, “As the technology improved, I saw a way to make the price point more accessible and reasonable for subcontractors. When customers sought large scale drawings, they often had to play a cost guessing game using an arbitrary sliding scale, with the price based on the number of square feet per order. We simplified the equation: One dollar for one full-size plan, regardless of square footage, and 50 cents per half size plan.”

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Attendees at the SmartBidNet Users Conference had the opportunity to interact and learn directly from the SmartBidNet Product and Support Teams who led sessions on managing prequalification, invitations to bid, subcontractors, bid tabulations, compliance and more. Attendees networked with SmartBidNet users from around the world, and shared best practices using the system. Participants also tried new construction technology, such as Virtual Reality visualization tools for BIM modeling, and more.

During ConTechTrio podcasts, the hosts and special guests discuss all things construction tech including hardware, software, devices, apps, and strategies for applying them on construction projects. For updates and to join the conversation, follow #ConTechTrio.

Files can be easily uploaded to www.Plans4Less.com.  For more info and/or interviews, contact brian@Plans4Less.com   / (203) 592-5714.

                                                    By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com / 508-269-0570

ATTN, Editor: For an interview and/or more info, please contact Brian Burke:  brian@Plans4Less.com  / (203) 592-5714

ConTechTrio Talks Plans4Less.com at SmartBidNet User Conference

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Did you know that ConTechTri won Best Construction Podcast in 2016? Construction Junkie states: “With an astounding 67% of the votes, ConTechTrio has earned the top honor in this year’s contest!  All of the hard work they have put into making an interesting and informative podcast has paid off.  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their show yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!”

 

Hear the ConTechTrio interview with Brian Burke, founder of Plans4Less.com by clicking the picture below:

 

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Plans4Less plans for the future as our story unfolds…

plans-for-lessHow low fixed rate pricing on plans became available nationwide:

Brian Burke started Plans4Less on October 1, 2015 as a way to conveniently provide inexpensive plans to subcontractors who routinely have to work within tight budgets and even tighter deadlines. Since its conception, Plans4Less has added a fully functional ecommerce website and over 50 print partners nationwide to allow next day delivery anywhere in the country.

Mr. Burke has been working in the reprographics field for over 25 years. “At 17 years old I started working at a small reprographics firm straight out of high school,” Burke said “I was printing on the old, smelly ammonium machines,” he adds with a smile. His experience in the field has allowed him to learn how to adapt quickly or be left behind.

The now-seasoned entrepreneur has seen the reprographics industry evolve from pre-computer technology to where it is now. “As the technology improved, I saw a way to make the price point more accessible for all subcontractors who were paying too much,” Brian Burke goes on to explain why customers looking for large scale drawings often have to play a cost guessing game. “Essentially, the industry standard is to have an arbitrary sliding scale on which the price was determined based on the number of square feet per order.” Burke took that equation and simplified it. One dollar for one full size plan, regardless of square footage, and 50 cents per half size plan.

Burke created an innovative fixed rate pricing model and proved it works, not only locally, but nationally. His concept has been recognized by one of the worldwide industry leaders in online construction bid software, SmartBidNet, a product of JBKnowledge. They believe in the model so strongly that they have integrated Burke’s concept into their software and now offer it to their general contractors and subcontractors.

The real advantage is the consistency of using the same company for all possible job sites. “A company with a jobsite in Texas and one in New York can be using the same printer and know that their plans will be delivered next day and at a consistent price,” said Burke. The flat rate pricing allows for companies to know what they will be spending on each job before placing the order, taking any location based variables out of the question.

“The only consistent thing in this industry is change. I recognized that and with this idea I am staying ahead of the curve and keeping the companies that work with me there as well…” That’s Brian Burke’s heartfelt promise to all his current and future customers.