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Pricing strategies — top seven types of rebate deals

Filed as Product blogPosted September 26

In our dealings with businesses who have to manage complex rebate deals we have come across over 300 different types of deal… AND we’ve mapped all of those options into our DealTrack software. Whilst it is important to have all those deal types to give ultimate flexibility, we thought it would be fun to share the top 7 most popular scenarios. First though, if rebates are hard to manage — which is why we created DealTrack in the first place — why are they so popular? Vendor rebates, volume pricin...

September 2018 DealTrack update

Filed as ProductsPosted September 21

Our September DealTrack update is now available within your UAT (user acceptance testing) environment. This provides the perfect opportunity to test newly introduced features, solution improvements and performance enhancements.

Making every penny count — suppliers to the building industry

Filed as Product blogPosted September 20

If you’re a builders merchant in 2018 you’ll know how essential it is to ensure every penny counts in terms of your bottom line. So, it’s even more crucial than ever that you don’t miss out on any of the, often significant, sums due to you through rebates. Indeed, profitability for suppliers to the building industry is often very closely dependent on the amount of rebate they can negotiate and claim and many businesses across this sector tell us that the sheer volume of categories and the comple...

Rebate management explained

Filed as Product blogPosted September 19

Rebate management is the process of recording supplier agreements, tracking purchases and sales against those agreements, and managing accruals and rebate claims in a timely manner. This blog and animation cover: What is rebate management? What is a rebate management system? What are the benefits of having a rebate management system? What types of company use rebate management systems?

Introducing the DealTrack Help knowledge base

Filed as ProductsPosted September 14

Enable is pleased to announce that the DealTrack Help knowledge base is now up and running!

For over a decade, our rebate management software has helped distributors, wholesalers and buying groups manage the income they receive from suppliers and customers by simplifying business-to-business trading, unlocking hidden revenue and maximising profit in their trading agreements.

A dedicated Client Services team was established in May 2017. The introduction of this team provides our clients with a reliable resource to assist with both ongoing support and the delivery of bespoke project work. As the number of DealTrack users continues to expand at a significant rate, the ability for the Client Services team to deliver the right support in real-time could become increasingly challenging. We, at Enable, believe that our clients want more than just someone who solves their existing problems. Rather than being reactive, we make great efforts to be proactive.

Ten reasons rebate accountants fail to claim 100% of rebate due

Filed as Product blogPosted September 6

Failing to claim 100% of rebate due can have a large negative impact on the bottom line for businesses in industries where rebate agreements are commonplace. Finding out why that happens and how to stop missing vendor rebate claims is at the forefront of the minds of rebate accountants and financial leads the world over.

Managing complex trading agreements — seven keys to success

Filed as Product blogPosted September 4

With increasing global competition, ever-more complex trading agreements are being created. Effective management and control of complex trading agreements that include supplier rebates is notoriously difficult. Most standard accounting and purchasing software packages will not cope with the variety and complexity of pricing strategies and rebate agreements. But a solution that is disjointed or based on spreadsheets introduces the possibility of missing data, human error and inaccurate reporting.

Open source at Enable: cloud hosting abstractions

Filed as Enable TechPosted August 24

At Enable, we benefit from, and contribute to, a number of open source projects. We believe it’s important to give back to the open source community where we can, which we do by contributing to the projects that we use daily. By raising bug reports, fixes and new features, we help make those projects even better. We also publish lots of our own code as open source libraries on GitHub.

We’ve found that participating in open source is a great way to learn. At Enable, our deve­lopers are highly-educated, highly-skilled and are driven to continue to grow their skills. By contributing to open source, our developers can explore how different projects are structured, how they operate and what tools and patterns they are using. All of the technical and leadership skills learnt by contributing to open source can be fed back into our own projects, helping us create even more delightful applications for our clients.

In this article, we’ll take a look at a couple of open source libraries we’ve developed at Enable and how they’ve made our switch to hosting applications using Microsoft Azure easier.

August 2018 DealTrack update

Filed as ProductsPosted August 10

Our August DealTrack update is now available within your UAT (user acceptance testing) environment. This provides the perfect opportunity to test newly introduced features, solution improvements and performance enhancements.

The Enable Summer Party

Filed as CareersPosted August 3

On Saturday 21st July 2018, Enable employees and their partners celebrated another year of success and innovation at Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club for our second annual Summer Party!

Summer parties have become increasingly popular for companies over the years, with the huge appeal giving employees the opportunity to bond and help people from other departments get to know each other a lot better. These types of get-togethers are also an excellent opportunity to give our exceptionally loyal and motivated employees recognition for the hard work that they are doing and rewarding them for it. Staff retention is something that Enable prides itself on as we expect to grow to over 100 employees by 2020.

Stratford-upon-Avon: a thriving hub brimming with creative history

Filed as CareersPosted July 13

Founded in 2000, by entrepreneurs Denys Shortt OBE and Andrew Butt, Enable are the outsourced partner of choice for clients who wish to invest in continuous improvement through iterative development of their software products and business systems.

From our humble beginnings in a stable block, our team has grown to 75 people, half of whom are in technical software development roles. Our ambition is to double in size by 2020.

Our mission is to provide a vibrant and diverse working environment where everything we do, how we do it, and why we do it is rooted in two concepts: freedom and focus. Our employees have the freedom to work creatively, while our team structure and project processes allow them to focus entirely on solving any given challenge.

Why Stratford-upon-Avon?

We have made our home in Stratford-upon-Avon at the heart of Warwickshire, which was recently voted the 10th best place to live in the UK in an Office for National Statistics personal wellbeing survey. Close to the M40, Stratford-upon-Avon offers a direct rail line to Birmingham that runs every hour, making it an ideal location for anyone wishing to regularly commute from the city centre.

June 2018 DealTrack update

Filed as ProductsPosted June 29

Our June DealTrack update is now available within your UAT (user acceptance testing) environment. This provides the perfect opportunity to test newly introduced features, solution improvements and performance enhancements.

Employee Q&A — Geoff

Filed as CareersPosted June 22

Over the past 17 years, Enable has forged strong relationships with some of the finest universities, bringing in the brightest students that they have to offer — with 79% of our analysts and developers graduating from one of the top 25 featured in the Times 2018 UK rankings! We regularly hold recruitment events and have formed close ties to the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. This gives us the opportunity to engage and network with students, whist giving them a real insight into our company.

We particularly focus our recruitment on high achievers in numerate subjects, with 66% of our employees holding an undergraduate degree in either Maths or Science, and 41% attaining a Masters or PhD in their chosen field of study. This provides us with exceptional employees who not only possess outstanding technical skills, but also the ability to translate that knowledge into highly effective business solutions.

Geoff graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with an MEng in Computer Science before joining Enable as a Business Analyst. Geoff began his career at Enable working alongside our existing experienced analysts to uncover, discuss and challenge our clients’ requirements, and then document those requirements in the form of a comprehensive specification. Geoff offers his thoughts on his experience as a Business Analyst at Enable so far.

Why your ERP system doesn't cope with rebate accounting

Filed as Product blogPosted June 18

Most ERP systems do not cope with complex vendor rebates very well. Some do have bolt-on vendor rebate modules, but we have found that in a very complex trading environment the standard module is incapable of modelling all the product / price / branch / margin combinations that might be required. When dealing with complex trading agreements involving rebates most ERP systems fail to:

How to choose a contract management system

Filed as Product blogPosted June 18

The decision to choose a contract management system is often driven by a need to model complex purchasing agreements that cannot be met using spreadsheets or existing ERP systems. The first decision to make is about the type of contract management system that you need. Do you operate in an environment where complex discounts and rebates are prevalent? If the answer is “yes” then you may actually need a Rebate Management System.

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