Chicago-based Specifi – the kitchen design and quotation platform owned by former Cooktek founder Bob Wolters – has received a major boost on the other side of the Atlantic after inking a partnership with the UK’s Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA).
The tie-up means that UK suppliers which belong to CESA will soon be able to store and publish all equipment data and support materials, including CAD and Revit symbols, spec sheets, manuals, price lists and catalogues, in a new online information source developed by Specifi.
Called ‘Sp Share’, it will provide customers, designers and distributors with a single point of access for CAD and Revit symbols and product information, via a free portal. Sp Share is due to go live in June 2019.
In addition to perpetual free use of Sp Share, CESA members will be able to publish their price lists and catalogue information to Specifi’s UK Quote products for free through to the end of 2019.
In 2020, CESA members will be able to continue to publish their entire price lists and catalogues to Specifi Quote, for an annual cost of $2,000 per brand.
“Sp Share is a very exciting development,” says Keith Warren, director of CESA. “Having access to a single online resource covering all product information used to specify catering equipment will be a major benefit to distributors, designers and operators.”
Mr Wolters said: “Creating, managing and distributing multiple CAD and BIM files, as well as multiple price lists, in multiple languages, currencies and units of measure, is an increasingly complex business. Sp Share is designed to make the management and distribution of all this much easier for manufacturers and suppliers.”
Specifi will be in charge of organising and uploading the data for CESA members. CESA and Specifi will request that global IFSE and FCSI standards are used by companies submitting their product data.
However, Specifi has agreed to accept whatever the supplier provides, and publish it without discrimination, with the exception of outdated pricing.