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

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

Take control of your rebate debtors

Posted by Andrew Butt on 23-May-2018 09:15:00

In our experience, many businesses that receive rebate revenue from suppliers, don't have the means to be able to check that it is correct. 

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting, Rebate Management System

Spring 2018 webinar series: Profitable growth from rebate management

Posted by Andrew Butt on 14-Feb-2018 11:34:06

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:

  1. mastering rebate accounting and maximising profit from rebate deals,

  2. being prepared for and executing on smarter supplier negotiations,

  3. collaborating with suppliers for mutually profitable growth.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Procurement Excellence, Rebate Management & Compliance, Rebate Accounting, Industry Sector: Building Materials, Industry Sector: Wholesale Distribution, Rebate Management & Growth, Industry Sector: Retail, Industry Sector: Buying Groups, Rebate Management System

129 million reasons to address the symptoms of poor rebate accounting

Posted by Andrew Butt on 28-Mar-2017 12:36:29

Today it was announced that Tesco has agreed to a £129m fine to avoid prosecution by the FCA for overstating its profits in 2014. The root of the problem is believed to be premature recognition of rebate income from suppliers.

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Topics: Rebate Accounting

6 ways to improve your rebate accounting processes

Posted by Andrew Butt on 22-Mar-2017 08:30:00

The complexities involved in managing complex trade agreements and accounting for rebates and retrospective discount payments are often difficult to model in manual systems such as spreadsheets and basic accounting software. Organisations opting to calculate, forecast and accrue rebate income in this way leave themselves at risk of inaccuracies, missed opportunities and supplier disputes.

Here are 6 ways to improve rebate accounting processes in order to:

  • remove the risks associated with manual processes
  • deliver a streamlined process for handling complex trade agreements
  • provide a foundation for growth in business profitability and revenue.
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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting

4 rebate accounting mistakes to avoid

Posted by Andrew Butt on 14-Mar-2017 10:26:00

Businesses managing complex trading agreements face several hurdles that are difficult to overcome entirely when using manual processes and spreadsheets. Lack of transparency, inaccuracy and limited control of rebate accounting processes is common and the ramifications of these can have a damaging effect on profit, compliance, cash flow and business growth.

For retailers, wholesalers and large buying groups, solving these issues to ensure receipt of the correct amount of rebate income and achievement of mutual trading goals is critical.  So what are the common pitfalls of rebate management and how can they be avoided?

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting

Year end revenue recognition – rebate accruals

Posted by Andrew Butt on 09-Jun-2016 18:10:20

How was your last year end?

I’m not referring to the actual outcome, but the PROCESS of getting to your year end figures together.

If you’re in the fortunate position of being able to match each supplier invoice to an order at the right price, then perhaps your year-end is simply a question of dealing with a volume of transactions?  But for those in the Building Supplies sector, those working in buying groups, and many wholesale distribution companies, revenue recognition is hampered by rebates, retrospective discounts and other promotions.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting

Rebate accountants: 3 ways to improve efficiency

Posted by Andrew Butt on 31-May-2016 11:00:00

It's a complex task managing multiple vendor rebate deals across multiple vendors, multiple product lines, and in some cases multiple units of measure.  2 for 1, multi-pack discounts, retrospective discounts, limited lifetime promotions, not to mention awards points and prizes make rebate accounting a very complex job. 

By way of illustration, we have worked on one example where there were 300 deals written into 1 vendor contract.  

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting