Buying group purchasing system - 7 essential features

Posted by Andrew Butt on 27-Feb-2018 09:16:00

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Industry Sector: Buying Groups

Best practice rebate management

Posted by Andrew Butt on 26-Feb-2018 10:36:00

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 financial accounting systems, such as targeted incentives and multistrand rebates. Keeping a track of rebates when purchasing is decentralised or where the trading agreement is made by a buying group creates further challenges.

So what can purchasers do about these challenges in order to maintain an effective management process?

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Topics: Rebate Management

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

Managing complex trading agreements — 7 keys to success

Posted by David Hunt on 25-Jan-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

Vendor rebate module: Requirements specification

Posted by Andrew Butt on 18-Jan-2018 13:49:00

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 across the whole business / group
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Topics: Rebate Management, ERP Vendor Rebate Modules

Choosing your rebate management system

Posted by Andrew Butt on 09-Jan-2018 09:20:00

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Management System

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

Posted by David Hunt on 05-Jan-2018 10:18:00

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

Contract management software for buying groups

Posted by Andrew Butt on 07-Dec-2017 10:11:00

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Contract Management

Webinar Synopsis: A 3 Step Approach to Business Growth Through Better Rebate Management

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

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.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Management & Growth, Rebate Management System

6 common problems with accounting for rebates

Posted by Andrew Butt on 16-Oct-2017 17:04:19

As experts in rebate management, we have come across (and fixed) many problems with rebate management processes.  Here are the 6 most common things that businesses need to fix in order to improve profitability and growth.

1. Problems representing 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