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7 features every buying group should look for in a rebate management system

The Deal EconomyFebruary 27, 2018

Buying groups, as the name suggests, are formed to give buying power to smaller independent companies through purchase consolidation. Whilst buying groups don’t typically have control over the systems implemented by members, they do need information from members in order to negotiate the best possible deals on their behalf. It has long been recognised that buying groups can have difficulties in committing to purchase volumes with any degree of certainty. That impacts both the buying group’s abi...Continue reading

Realising merger & acquisition (M&A) synergies faster

The Deal EconomyFebruary 16, 2018

Twenty-fifteen saw the highest level of merger and acquisition activity in the UK since 2007 according to research by Experian. In fact, over 6500 mergers and acquisitions were completed in the UK in 2015 with a total value of £433bn. This was the highest value of deals since 2000. Brexit, the US election and US legislation changes have been blamed for a slight downturn in M&A since then, but nonetheless according to Dealogic the average merger or acquisition in 2016 was $104.2 million, and...Continue reading

Wolseley Canada selects Enable’s rebate management software

The Deal EconomyFebruary 6, 2018

Enable, a global provider of collaborative rebate management software, today announced it has been selected by Wolseley Canada. Wolseley Canada joins other notable building materials distributors and buying groups on Enable’s rapidly growing North American client roster.As a leading wholesale distributor to plumbing, HVAC, waterworks and industrial markets in Canada, Wolseley Canada provides a vast inventory of products from top manufacturers through a coast-to-coast network of over 220 branches...Continue reading

DCS Group implements Enable’s rebate management system to improve profitability

The Deal EconomyJanuary 19, 2018

DCS Group (UK) is one of Europe's largest distributors of health and beauty products. Founded in 1994, the company has experienced phenomenal growth under the entrepreneurial leadership of Denys Shortt OBE. The company employs 445 people and partners with globally recognised brands such as P&G, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, SC Johnson, Osram and PZ Cussons to distribute their bestselling brands for consumers through a number of key channels including Convenience, Cash & Carry, Discount, D...Continue reading

Vendor rebate module — Requirements specification

The Deal EconomyJanuary 18, 2018

You may be reading this blog for one of a number of reasons, e.g.: Your ERP system doesn’t have a vendor rebate module Your ERP system has a vendor rebate module but before implementing you want to draw up a requirements specification to check on the match to your business needs Your current vendor rebate module needs some work to meet your business needs You have more than one ERP system operating within your company, but need one module that sits across them all to manage vendor rebates acros...Continue reading

3 steps to growth and better rebate management

The Deal EconomyNovember 30, 2017

Learn why organisations are looking for specialist rebate management software to solve their issues, and how our implementation methodology leads to not only accurate rebate claims, but significant profitable business growth. Step 1 Taking control of rebates, gaining efficiency and claiming missing profit, not leaving 'money on the table by: Create suppliers & their hierarchy Modelling existing agreements Bringing in transactional data This results in: Rebates precisely calculated...Continue reading

Why your rebate management system needs to be ERP agnostic

The Deal EconomyNovember 15, 2017

Today's IT landscape in most large corporations consists of disparate systems: Cloud apps On premise ERP systems Cloud-based ERP Local systems and spreadsheets Others As a result, the world has moved from ERP systems being at the hub to integration services being the key. Out-of-the-box ERP integration are not sufficient for most scenarios and are being surpassed by ERP agnostic applications that provide enhanced functions and shared data with ANY other systems. A rebate management system nee...Continue reading

How building material suppliers can drive profitable growth

The Deal EconomyJuly 25, 2017

Profitability for building materials suppliers is often very closely dependent on the amount of rebate they can negotiate and claim and many businesses across the building materials industry tell us that the sheer volume of categories and the complexity of rebate deals means that administering rebate claims is a mission critical element of their building and construction business which can be the difference between a decent year and a great one. 100% of our customers have identified previously m...Continue reading

Post merger — do you need a consolidated ERP system?

The Deal EconomyMay 22, 2017

How do you achieve a single ERP system across all businesses in a newly merged organisation? Is a single ERP even necessary? In a newly merged organisation where Oracle, JDE, SAP, Infor and other ERP systems co-exist, consolidation of up-to-the-minute, accurate information for purchasing poses a huge challenge. In a Bain report, they said that one of the reasons mergers and aquisitions fail is poorly managed systems integrations. Where the potential commercial benefit runs into millions, many co...Continue reading

How our software can assist  pre-merger due diligence

The Deal EconomyMay 18, 2017

Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity often starts well before the actual merger with a period of due diligence where the value of the acquisition is assessed. For businesses in the building materials, food, pharmaceuticals and other sectors who buy and sell finished goods, the driver is often increased buying power, and the imperative for due diligence is to clearly understand the value that new buying power could achieve. Carrying out that due diligence work demands extracts of purchase vo...Continue reading

5 sales tips for distributors in the building materials industry

The Deal EconomyApril 19, 2017

The worldwide building materials sector is buoyant at the moment. According to StrategyR the global construction materials market is expected to grow to $US1.1 trillion by 2020. The biggest growth area is expected to be AsiaPac, closely followed by the US. This should be music to the ears of those in the building materials industry as the demand for construction materials will ripple through to increased demand for industrial, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and other building supplies. But that’s n...Continue reading

IFRS 15 — Creating SMART deals to aid purchasing compliance

The Deal EconomyMarch 9, 2017

In our online guide “IFRS 15 — 7 steps to prepare for January 2018” one of our suggestions is to review every deal in every contract and make it SMART. We think that whilst it’s a good idea as part of financial compliance, SMART deals are good for anyone who manages a contract with complex rebate deals, so we thought we would share it with you. A SMART deal is like a SMART objective in project management terms, namely: Specific Be VERY specific. If a deal refers to “across all product lines”, i...Continue reading

Rebate management for the building materials industry

The Deal EconomyMarch 1, 2017

Missing out on claiming manufacturer’s rebates is like negotiating a higher price with your suppliers. It simply shouldn’t happen! That's why we created a rebate management system chosen by several building merchants, wholesale distributors and buying groups. There are many examples in the building materials industry where, instead of agreeing an up-front discount, discounts are given in the form of rebates based on actual volumes purchased. For the supplier, this fosters brand loyalty and mean...Continue reading

IFRS 15 — 7 steps to prepare for January 2018

The Deal EconomyFebruary 16, 2017

IFRS 15 ‘Revenue from Contracts with Customers’ comes into force on 1st January 2018. The new financial reporting standards (IFRS 15) have a particular impact for businesses who regularly have contracts that contain “elements of variable consideration”. IFRS 15:51 provides us with examples of “variable consideration” which include rebates, incentives, refunds, performance bonuses, credits, price concessions, penalties or other similar items — items that impact the real net-net price and ultima...Continue reading

4 alternative solutions for rebate accounting

The Deal EconomyFebruary 7, 2017

Most businesses have a choice of 4 types of system to manage their trading agreements, but that doesn’t mean each one is the right fit for every business. We explore all options below. 1 — Your core ERP system Basic ERP systems do not cope with vendor rebates very well at all. Some ERP systems do have bolt-on vendor rebate modules. They tend to provide some flexibility but in a very complex environment the standard module is often not up to the job and incapable of modelling all the product / pr...Continue reading

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