The Top eProcurement SaaS Providers in Building/Construction - Modern Distribution Management

Log In

The Top eProcurement SaaS Providers in Building/Construction

Applico outlines the most developed B2B vertical in eProcurement, its top SaaS providers and how distributors can take advantage.
construction saas logos_preview

In a 2023 B2B outlook, Applico has predicted that we’ll witness the eProcurement 2.0 phenomenon accelerate in multiple verticals of B2B Distribution by year end. Never one to let a good prediction go to waste, Applico’s Distribution Technology newsletter has compiled a look at what is currently the most developed B2B vertical in eProcurement: building materials and construction – followed closely by runner-ups in food and auto parts. For those operating in other verticals, you’ll find a wealth of insight as this trend is not contained to these 3 industries; instead, it’s manifesting itself across the spectrum of wholesale distribution.

We’ll be highlighting the top 20 tech players, their fundraising, their scale and volumes, business models, notable partnerships with distributors – retailers – or suppliers and the gaps that distributors need to overcome to better take advantage of these opportunities.

What is eProcurement 2.0?

SaaS (software-as-a-service) tech companies provide their software product to SMBs (small-medium businesses) to help those companies operate, sell to customers, dispatch jobs, manage employees and now – procure suppliers. You can think of these SaaS tools as the modern-day ERP for a SMB. However, SMBs don’t need ERPs – that would be overkill and way too expensive. Over the past 20 years, these SaaS tools have been penetrating the SMB market and now, the SaaS tools are realizing they can make a lot of money, and solve legitimate pain for their customers, by helping those customers seamlessly procure their supplies.

eProcurement 1.0, by comparison, is SAP Ariba, Coupa and other ERP-powered procurement tools made for large enterprises. Generally, these tools help the enterprise procure non-essential spend, but – in some cases – they also help procure more mission critical inventories. eProcurement 1.0 has been extremely horizontal and focused on helping enterprises operating across a myriad of different verticals. eProcurement 2.0 is the opposite and vertical-specific, by nature of a SaaS tool solving specific problems for SMB customers operating in a given industry.

What Are Their Business Models?

Up until eProcurement, SaaS tools charge the customer a monthly or yearly subscription. There could be a base plan, premium and enterprise plan – but, you get the idea – you pay a relatively nominal fee, and you receive the benefit of the software.

Beyond SaaS fees, eProcurement opens up a multitude of new ways for SaaS companies to monetize the volumes of materials and transactions.

ServiceTitan, for example, has publicly stated that it’s processing $20 Billion in payments. One should assume that some portion of the $20B is credit-card payments. Those volumes are quite lucrative and ServiceTitan can receive healthy referral fees on that portion of payment processing. My guess is they probably earn $15-25mm in profit from $20B in payment processing volumes.

Acculynx, however, is charging take-rates. The most highly coveted form of monetization for a tech company yet simultaneously the most infuriating fee for a distributor to pay. Charging a take rate on distribution is one of the best expressions of power and leverage by a tech company. They have so much lock-in with the customer that they can levy a fee on the transaction. This is a great example of how important these SaaS tools are to the SMB customer. These customers use the SaaS tool to operate their entire business. And, the distributor will do everything in their power to NOT pay a take-rate. Yet, still, the customer puts pressure on the distributor because it makes the customer’s life easier and more seamless. Keep in mind, charging a take-rate makes you public enemy #1 in the eyes of the distributor. It is easily the most contentious mechanism to extract value from transaction volumes.

Who Are The Customers? Builders & General Contractors vs. Trade Contractors 🏗️

In construction specifically, there are a myriad of different stakeholders with unique needs. We’ve seen SaaS tools rise to the challenge and that’s why you see a slew of different tools in the market. General contractors and builders have their own set of needs – Hyphen – is one example of a contractor SaaS tool focused on that part of the market.

Sub-contractors, also called trade contractors, have a variety of tools to choose from which tend to focus on different types of trades. Roofing contractors have more specialized needs so you see a number of roofing contractor-specific tools like Acculynx, JobNimbus, and Roofr. Electricians, HVAC and plumbers tend to have similar workflows and you see a number of tools focus on the collective interests of those trades.

You also have a bifurcation between how big the trade contractor is. Kojo is more geared towards commercial contractors which are larger and have multiple crews. Whereas, ServiceTitan and HouseCall Pro are focused on smaller, more residential contractors. These are just a few of the dynamics when thinking about which tool is catering to which audience of contractor customers.

What Can Distribution Do?

This new wave of software tools creates a big opportunity for distributors to capitalize on these fast-growing demand channels to gain market share with new customers and share of wallet with existing customers. Additionally, we’ve seen a very high level of customer stickiness for distributors in these new digital demand channels, creating opportunity for higher margins.

That said, just being connected to these SaaS tools isn’t enough. Do you have high quality data that you can send to your customers? If you’re connected, but you don’t have good data – the connection does no good. If anything, it might hurt you as you could drive customers away with a bad experience. However, with the right strategy and capabilities, being first or early to these new channels gives a distributor a significant competitive advantage against late movers.

THE LIST: Top eProcurement SaaS Companies: Building/Construction

Industry: Roofing
Location: Beloit, WI

Industry: HVAC
Location: Irvine, CA
Private Equity-Backed 📊

Industry: Construction
Location: Omaha, NE
Private Equity-Backed 📊

Industry: Field Service Management
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Industry: Construction
Location: San Francisco, CA

Housecall Pro
Industry: Field Service Management
Location: Denver, CO

Hyphen Solutions
Industry: Construction
Location: Dallas, TX
Private Equity-Backed 📊

See the Rest

For the full top 20 ranking of SaaS eProcurement companies in building/construction, visit Applico’s Distribution Technology.

As industries embrace digital transformation and recognize the benefits of streamlined procurement processes, we see the eProcurement revolution extending beyond construction. We’ll do a similar deep dive into food and auto eProcurement SaaS companies in an upcoming edition.

Looking ahead, the eProcurement market is expected to witness continued growth and market penetration as more businesses realize the advantages of adopting these innovative technologies. With ongoing advancements and collaborative partnerships, the future of eProcurement appears bright and we urge distributors to position themselves for this shift.

Related Posts

Share this article

About the Author
Recommended Reading
Leave a Reply

Leave a Comment

Sign Up for the MDM Update Newsletter

The MDM update newsletter is your best source for news and trends in the wholesale distribution industry.

Get the MDM Update Newsletter

Wholesale distribution news and trends delivered right to your inbox.

Sign-up for our free newsletter and get:

  • Up-to-date news in a quick-to-read format
  • Free access to webcasts, podcasts and live events
  • Exclusive whitepapers, research and reports
  • And more!


articles left

Want more Premium content from MDM?

Subscribe today and get:

  • New issues twice each month
  • Unlimited access to, including 10+ years of archived data
  • Current trends analysis, market data and economic updates
  • Discounts on select store products and events

Subscribe to continue reading

MDM Premium Subscribers get:

  • Unlimited access to
  • 1 year digital subscription, with new issues twice a month
  • Trends analysis, market data and quarterly economic updates
  • Deals on select store products and events



You have one free article remaining

Subscribe to MDM Premium to get unlimited access. Your subscription includes:

  • Two new issues a month
  • Access to 10+ years of archived data on
  • Quarterly economic updates, trends analysis and market data
  • Store and event discounts

To continue reading, you must be an MDM Premium subscriber.

Join other distribution executives who use MDM Premium to optimize their business. Our insights and analysis help you enter the right new markets, turbocharge your sales and marketing efforts, identify business partners that help you scale, and stay ahead of your competitors.

Register for full access

By providing your email, you agree to receive announcements from us and our partners for our newsletter, events, surveys, and partner resources per MDM Terms & Conditions. You can withdraw consent at any time.

Learn More about Custom Reports

Request a Market Prospector Demo

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.