DealTrack Blog — Craig Flynn

The need for a system to manage special pricing agreements (SPAs)

Posted by Craig Flynn on December 18, 2018 10:38:00

Ah yes, rebate claims. An evil necessary in the land of SPAs (special price agreements). While they’re inherently necessary to realize intended profit on the sales transaction, they’re a pain in our side when it comes to handling the issues that plague the reconciliation process.

But the process of reconciling product rebate claims is full of information that is largely dismissed, not getting any attention to the voice that tells us the very issues we continue to tolerate rather than fix. Let’s take a look at a couple of these issues…

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Topics: Rebate Management System, Special Price Agreements SPAs

Managing special pricing agreements is linked to higher margins

Posted by Craig Flynn on December 4, 2018 09:55:00

SPAs (Special Pricing Agreements) are a common vendor program in many industry sectors. The program gives a special product discount for verified sales to an ultra-competitive event where in-stock discounts can’t secure the order.

SPAs trace their roots back to the 1970’s but have shown significant growth in the past decade. As B2B e-commerce now counts for an estimated 15% of all orders and grows at 8% per year, SPAs have grown significantly as price and availability are easily and quickly researched.

SPAs are now used by 77% of all distribution firms in North America; second only to volume rebates which are used by 90% of distributors.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Accounting, Industry Sector: Building Materials, Industry Sector: Wholesale Distribution, Industry Sector: Retail, Industry Sector: Buying Groups, Rebate Management System, Special Price Agreements SPAs

From counting to measuring and managing vendor funds

Posted by Craig Flynn on November 20, 2018 18:22:21

Vendor monies that support reseller sales are big business. US-based research conducted in October 2018 estimates that, at top performance levels, distributors, dealers, and retailers use $600+ Billion (USD) in vendor funds. Projections from the EU find that approximately €500 Billion (EU) in vendor funds are similarly spent.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Rebate Management & Growth, Supplier collaboration