LotLane.com was conceived as a single purpose tool to overcome unpreparedness at production meetings. It's NOT all-purpose project management software. It does 1 thing: tracks the status of parts, orders, deliverables, etc. It's for people who work with multiple vendors and need to stay up-to-date.
You tell it what's due, when, and who to contact
It emails your suppliers, tallies their updates, and reports results
The 1-click reports are concise, fast
And it's FREE (1 project at a time)
Jill runs a restaurant. She needs 44 different items from 19 vendors to cater a party at the end of the month. She could wait and just hope that everything shows up…but if anything doesn't, the party will flop.
Jill could also contact each of her vendors every week to make sure that they're still on schedule – so if there's a problem, she'll have time to fix it – but that takes a lot of time.
With LotLane.com, Jill enters her deliverables and the email addresses of her vendors. The site sends those vendors an email, on a schedule she sets, and they simply click links in the email to confirm that their stuff is still on time – or if delayed, for how long. Now Jill gets the up-to-date statuses she needs, quickly and hassle free.
LotLane.com was an internal R&D project at Adaptive Technologies, Inc. It was designed, built, and fully deployed by 2 people over ~2 months in 2013. ATI changed direction and abandoned all non-noise R&D projects days after LotLane.com went live.