How do distributors track and manage “Ship and Debit” rebate agreements?

Posted by Andrew Butt on 03-Oct-2018 07:53:00

A ship and debit agreement enables suppliers to sell their goods at a uniform price, while distributors can react to local market conditions and lower the price they use to sell to customers without losing all of their margin.

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Topics: Rebate Management & Growth

4 things to STOP DOING in order to maximise your rebate earnings

Posted by Andrew Butt on 27-Sep-2018 17:22:05

Whilst working with a number of organisations across industry sectors such as building materials, buying groups and wholesale and distribution, we have seen a large variety of very complex supplier rebates and trading agreements.  These very often involve incredibly complicated performance-based calculations with seemingly endless permutations, and on top of that agreements are subject to periodic review and change.

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Topics: Rebate Management

Pricing strategies: Top 7 types of rebate deals

Posted by Andrew Butt on 26-Sep-2018 14:53:00

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 pricing, retrospective discounts and the like are a way of giving individual customers the “right price” without driving the price downwards.

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Topics: Procurement Excellence

Making every penny count: suppliers to the building industry

Posted by Andrew Butt on 20-Sep-2018 14:26:19

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 complexity of rebate deals means that administering rebate claims is a mission critical element of their business which can be the difference between a decent year and a great one.

100% of our customers have identified previously missed rebate claims after implementing our Dealtrack system and we have even seen cases of missed rebate claims amounting to 7 or even 8 figure sums.

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Topics: Industry Sector: Building Materials, Rebate Accounting, Rebate Management, Rebate Management System

Rebate management explained

Posted by Andrew Butt on 19-Sep-2018 14:23:32

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?

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Management System, Rebate Accounting

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

Posted by Andrew Butt on 06-Sep-2018 10:42:00

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting, Rebate Management System

Managing complex trading agreements — 7 keys to success

Posted by Andrew Butt on 04-Sep-2018 11:07:00

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management

How to choose a contract management system

Posted by Andrew Butt on 18-Jun-2018 10:27:34

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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Topics: Rebate Management, Contract Management

Why your ERP system doesn't cope with rebate accounting

Posted by Andrew Butt on 18-Jun-2018 10:16:59

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:

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Topics: ERP Vendor Rebate Modules

7 common problems with accounting for rebates

Posted by Andrew Butt on 15-Jun-2018 14:23:00

As experts in rebate management, we have come across (and fixed) many problems with rebate management processes.  Here are the 7 most common things that businesses need to fix in order to improve profitability and growth.

1. Problems capturing rebate agreements in core business systems

Companies tend to look for a specialist solution to rebate management when they reach a point where their core business systems are proven to be inadequate.  We have seen several scenarios:

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Topics: Rebate Management, IFRS 15