Lighting Showroom Software Overview

Flexible point of sale, accounting and inventory management software designed specifically for the lighting industry.

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Lighting Showroom management made easy

Windward Software's lighting showroom software is a simple system to help manage your lighting showroom business from the point of sale terminals to the accounting back office. Running your business has many challenges, and Windward will help you overcome then all with one complete solution.

Windward Software's lighting showroom software is a fully integrated point of sale software package that helps run your lighting showroom business, instead of just reporting on it. Improve customer service and reduce costs while providing enhanced services to your employees and customers. 

We’ve designed this software with the business owner in mind, giving you total control of your operations, from the front checkout counter to the back office. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that Windward's customer care team is just a phone call away.



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Innovative Lighting Store Solutions


Handle your daily business challenges with ease. We have extensive experience in dealing with lighting stores, and that’s reflected in our lighting showroom software. Our goal is to help you sell, order, ship and interact with customers more effectively.

All-in-One Business Management


Meet all of your business management needs with one complete software solution. Windward System Five is fully integrated, meaning individual modules work in unison to streamline every aspect of your operation.

Windward Expert Support


Operate with the reassurance that Windward Software’s expert support staff is with you every step of the way. From the installations to training to troubleshooting, we offer live global support seven days a week. We’re not happy until you are.

Lighting Showroom Software Features

Manage your lighting store from start to finish with Windward System Five

Point of Sale

Engage customers and increase profits by equipping your sales staff with the tools and knowledge they need to provide an exceptional level of customer service.

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Barcoding

Enjoy greater inventory control with barcoding for faster checkout service, improved customer satisfaction, fewer errors and quicker stock checks.

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Signature Capture

Reduce paperwork, streamline administrative processes and incorporate a higher level of security with our POS software’s electronic signature capture capabilities.

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Multi-store POS

Keep your business network running smoothing and cohesively with our dealer management software. Oversee your operations from a single location and communicate business critical information between branches.

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Mobile POS

Mobile POS solutions enable your employees to sell more effectively and provide customers with an enhanced retail experience. Handheld devices make things simple.

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Credit Card Processing

With Windward Software’s integrated credit card processing, you’ll be able to conduct credit, debit and gift card transactions quickly, accurately and securely.

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Business Management

Buy better, market smarter and work more efficiently in your business. Windward System Five provides you with the knowledge and control to drive profits.

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Inventory Control

Control your inventory, track inventory movement, optimize stock levels and improve your cost control measures through reports.

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Customer Management

Create a database with your customer information to provide a smoother, more personal shopping experience, and increase your selling and marketing opportunities.

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General Ledger

Windward Software's integrated accounting software allows you to view, print, enter and report data quickly and conveniently, providing and simple, error-free way of managing your books.

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Serial Number Tracking

For businesses that require that extra level of inventory management, our software provides serial number tracking capabilities so you know where your product is at all times.

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Admin & Control

Empower your employees with the access and information they need to perform their jobs properly, without compromising security or confidential data.

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Email Marketing

Windward’s email marketing tools let you connect with your customers so you can generate targeted leads that drive successful, profitable and more intimate customer relationships.

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Payroll

Give your staff the tools they need to process payroll efficiently. From automatically creating accounts payable invoices to generating up-to-date financial reports, our accounting software does it all.

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Financial Reporting

Track and compare company performance with P&L statements. Use balance sheets to determine your financial standing.

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Customer Reporting

Get remarkable insight into the people that matter most to your business - your customers. Slice and dice customer data 100s of ways to optimize processes.

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Create Your Own Reports

The beauty of Windward's custom report designer is that you can analyze the details that matter most to you... whether that's staff in multiple locations, inventory levels, and another area of interest.

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SMB & Enterprise Editions

Windward System Five is available in two versions: SMB lets you choose the modules you need most. Enterprise comes fully loaded to provide the most comprehensive business management system available.

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Installed or Cloud

Choose from two options for deploying our ERP software: through a tried and tested local installation, or by using our innovative cloud-based Windward Cloud model.

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Software Integrations

Configure Windward’s business management software to handle industry-specific processes and integrate with systems you already have in place.

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Recommended POS Hardware

Windward System Five point of sale software supports a range of optional hardware to help your business run smoothly - scanners, printers, computers, touch screens, and more.

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Fail Safe Technology

Whether you need reliable backup to protect against system failure, or you need to synchronize information across multiple locations, Windward’s fail safe technology has got your back.

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Expert Support

Windward offers phone support, virtual assistance through screen sharing, or on-site support depending on edition and plan. Self-help is always available 24/7 through our extensive knowledge base.

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Training

Our comprehensive training materials are available for all customers. Whether you're just getting going or just need to train a new employee on one thing, you'll love the video library and how-to's.

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Maintenance

Maintenance and support packages are available for customers that like an ongoing support team available to fine tune software features. Our experts will handle the software issues so you can focus on your bottom line.

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Designed with your everyday tasks in mind


Automatically add the correct number of bulbs to the invoice

Light Bulbs

When you sell a fixture onto an invoice, Windward’s lighting showroom software will automatically add the correct number of bulbs to the invoice. If you later change the quantity of fixtures, the quantity of bulbs will automatically be increased or decreased proportionally. If you are out of stock of the required light bulbs, you can use the Swap Kit Item feature to update the invoice with the new part number you are using. This ensures the link between the fixture and the bulbs remain.

One of the benefits of our lighting showroom software is that when you print shipping labels, the bulbs will be printed on the same label as each fixture, complete with the room name, job address and other information.

Scrambled Part Numbers

By scrambling the part numbers, you can make it difficult for your customers and builders to shop around and get better pricing. After all, part of your service is your designers deciding what would look nice where. The printed invoice for a fixture could contain the:

  • Scrambled part number
  • Room name
  • Description
  • Quantity
  • Price
  • Picture

Even with this extra information, the scrambled part number still makes it hard for them to shop elsewhere (Note: our lighting showroom software makes it easy for you to find the item from the scrambled part number, the real part number, barcode number, manufacturer's part number or other numbers that you may have).

Scrambling part numbers prevents competitors price checking<br>

Real customers, real results.


Caitlin

Northwest TIM-BRMart

We've just switched over to [Windward Software]. Previously we were with Activant​ Dimensions. With our old system we had a three-part invoice, which we would give the customer one copy. But now with Windward we have the ability to use a LaserJet printer and print actual paper. I've had customers customers on a continual basis come to me and say "thank you for giving me something I can actually write on". I was setup with an implementation specialist and we were given a website. On that website…

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Use customer data to automatically create shipping labels<br>

Shipping Labels

Among other things, shipping labels can include the:

  • Builder's name
  • Owner's name
  • Job address
  • Fixture number
  • Description
  • Bulbs required
  • Room name

These labels can help keep track of the inventory in your warehouse, as well as making it easy to deliver and place in the correct room.

Parts Integration

The lighting industry has hundreds of thousands of inventory items available, many of which will change as personal tastes change. Lights America and XO Lights provide a subscription service that maintains hundreds of the popular lighting lines. 

System Five integrates parts databases to give showrooms the ability to search fixtures by dimensions, colors and wattages, allowing you to quickly build a lighting package with a customer. 

With Windward’s lighting showroom software, you can download orders and even part lists created in these solutions, ensuring there are no data entry errors and saving you time.

Picture Printing

Having the ability to print a professional-looking quote for the customer right from Windward System Five gives you time back to sell to additional customers and provides a great customer experience.

If you have a colour printer and pictures of your fixtures, printing the customer's choices on the quotation will help them remember what they ordered and allow them to shop for other matching furniture.

Room Names

You can define as many room names as you wish. When you enter a fixture, the lighting showroom software lets you assign it to a particular room. This can help when doing a takeoff as you can easily identify each room and ensure you have provided lights for each.

When you deliver the fixtures to the job site, the boxes will be placed and installed in the correct room, the first time. To help with this, shipping labels can be printed with the room names on them. On the printed invoice, you can also sort the lines by the room name. Installers like to have all the fixtures listed for a given room so they can complete the work and move on to the next room.

Organize shipments for on-time deliveries<br>

Shipping Dates

Windward’s lighting showroom software tracks and reports shipping dates to make it easy for your warehouse people to get shipments ready on time. They can optionally use the confirmed field to ensure that the builder or owner has confirmed the shipping dates before loading the truck. 

Special Orders

Special orders, also known as tag orders, can be entered from the work order. If you try to sell an item that is not in stock, our lighting showroom software will prompt you with a pop-up window asking if you need to special order the item. By placing the item on special order, the system will ensure that you don’t

forget to order it.

Showroom Tag Creation

Professional, fully customizable showroom tags can be built using the label designer feature in our lighting showroom software. Create different showroom, sale exclusives and regular pricing tags. Avoid incorrectly tagged inventory by printing a photo on the showroom tag to assist sales staff in the tagging process.

Barcodes can help you keep better track of your inventory, saving you time and money. The ability to add barcodes to the showroom tags permit faster, more accurate recording of information. They also help decrease stock count time as well as time spent receiving inventory in the warehouse. Warehouse labels and barcode labels can be printed anytime, with or without cost codes or pricing information.

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