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Best practice rebate management

The Deal EconomyFebruary 26, 2018

Rebate Management refers to the management of discount claims that are based on volumes of purchases over time. To some companies, that rebate is treated as a bonus. But to others, rebates form a significant proportion of their revenue and for these companies accurate management is absolutely essential. The management and processing of rebates is challenging, with significant financial risks if something goes wrong due to loss of data or human error. Many rebate arrangements lack support in fina...Continue reading

ERP agnostic rebate management system

The Deal EconomyFebruary 20, 2018

Today's IT landscape in most large corporates 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 being at the hub to integration services being the key. In this new world, out-of-the-box ERP integration is being surpassed by ERP agnostic applications that provide enhanced functions and shared data with ANY other systems. That is exactly how DealTrack has been structured. We have const...Continue reading

Realising 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

Spring 2018 webinar series — profitable growth from rebate management

The Deal EconomyFebruary 14, 2018

For spring / early summer we have a series of three webinars planned to share more detail about our 3 step approach to profitable growth through: Mastering rebate accounting and maximising profit from rebate deals; Being prepared for and executing on smarter supplier negotiations; Collaborating with suppliers for mutually profitable growth. Throughout the series we will be providing examples for builders' merchants, plumbing, electrical and HVAC suppliers, buying groups, other wholesale...Continue reading

Central purchasing — data analysis for better negotiations

The Deal EconomyFebruary 12, 2018

In order to prepare for major negotiations with suppliers, businesses often have to extract historical data from multiple systems: buying groups need information from their members' systems, newly merged businesses need information from different parts of the group. We have seen cases where managing large volumes of transactions with (largely) manual processes, such as spreadsheets, can have a detrimental impact on profitability, cash flow, supplier relationships and ultimately the performance o...Continue reading

Wolseley Canada selects Enable’s rebate management software

The Deal EconomyFebruary 6, 2018

UK Industry Leader Continues Rapid Expansion of North American Customer Base PRESS RELEASE: New York, NY and Stratford-upon-Avon, UK — February 6th, 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 indu...Continue reading

Central purchasing — consolidate purchase history across ERPs

The Deal EconomyJanuary 19, 2018

Negotiating deals for buying groups and businesses that have grown though acquisition or merger is a challenge. The starting point is usually to review purchase history and that means consolidating information from multiple systems. To further complicate things, the true value of historical transactions can be hard to calculate for those businesses where trading agreements involve substantial amounts in rebates or retrospective discounts. That's where DealTrack comes in. DealTrack is a rebate m...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

Choosing your rebate management system

The Deal EconomyJanuary 9, 2018

Trading agreements involving rebates are prevalent in many industries such as building materials, lumber, HVAC, electrical distributors, buying groups of all types and other wholesale distribution businesses. Rebates are used by suppliers to these industries to influence purchase decisions and drive profitable growth for both the supplier and the wholesaler. Our buyers’ guide is aimed at those wanting to choose a system to address the issues posed by managing rebate agreements. First, let's tak...Continue reading

Contract management software for buying groups

The Deal EconomyDecember 7, 2017

Considering whether contract management software could be the solution for efficient, compliant, management of supplier agreements in your buying group? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey by Oxford Economics, 49% of procurement executives said that their contract management is already automated and 68% of those surveyed predicted that in 2 years’ time contract management processes would be completely automated. By their very nature, buying groups are set up to boost negotiating pow...Continue reading

Webinar — three 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

DealTrack integrates with major ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics. For reporting and payments, DealTrack can interface with a range of leading BI tools including Business Objects, QlikView, Tableau as well as purchase-to-pay solutions such as Ariba, Fourth and Proactis. But in our view “out of the box” integrations are not sufficient for most scenarios. A rebate management system needs to be truly ERP agnostic. For that reason, DealTrack comes with open APIs that can be used...Continue reading

Why your ERP system doesn’t do rebate accounting

The Deal EconomyNovember 1, 2017

Many ERP systems already have a way of recording contract information and a vendor rebate module or elements of purchasing software that allow for rudimentary recording of rebates owed. But, after extensive research, we have found no ERP system provides ALL of the functionality that is typically required by companies who trade with complex rebate deals. 4% — the rebates companies typically find have gone unclaimed when they first implement DealTrack It’s interesting to examine the reasons our...Continue reading

A three step approach to business growth through better rebate management

The Deal EconomyOctober 23, 2017

We've had great feedback from our recent webinar, so I wanted to share the content with those who didn't make it on the day. This blog provides a summary of the topics we discussed: the 7 key drivers for implementing a rebate management system our 3 step approach to growth through rebate management 8 reasons why rebates are missed how DealTrack supports supplier collaboration DealTrack functionality the benefits that companies have realised through working with Enable's experts and using DealT...Continue reading

Profitable business growth for suppliers to the building industry

The Deal EconomyJuly 25, 2017

Profitability for suppliers to the building industry — including building materials, plumbing, HVAC and electrical distributors — is often very closely dependent on the amount of rebate they can negotiate and claim. No surprise then, that many businesses across this sector 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 business. The rebate accounting function alone can make the differe...Continue reading

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