DealTrack Blog — Rebate Management

4 things to stop doing in order to maximise your rebate earnings

Posted by Andrew Butt on September 27, 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

Making every penny count: suppliers to the building industry

Posted by Andrew Butt on September 20, 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

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

Posted by Andrew Butt on September 6, 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 September 4, 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 June 18, 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

7 common problems with accounting for rebates

Posted by Andrew Butt on June 15, 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

5 ways to improve your rebate management system

Posted by Andrew Butt on June 13, 2018 11:31:15

Due to the intricacies of most supplier trade agreements, rebate accounting is a notoriously complex operation. Many organisations still manage their rebates with spreadsheets or rely on their suppliers to make the calculations, despite this leaving them at high risk of errors and omissions that could lack audit compliance and lead to significant revenue loss.

To improve upon your current rebate management system, it’s necessary to take full control of the rebate process and the difficulties that arise from trade agreements.

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Topics: Rebate Management

Take control of your rebate debtors

Posted by Andrew Butt on May 23, 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

Rebate software “out of the box” to solve problems fast

Posted by Andrew Butt on March 27, 2018 11:20:32

This building supplies company has over 50 branches and is growing.  They recognised that having smooth business processes would be an essential foundation for their growth plans, and whilst most parts of the business had been systemised, the area of rebate management remained an anomaly.

They were using spreadsheets because their core ERP system (Kerridge) did not support their requirements. 

They approached Enable to discuss the suitability of DealTrack to their needs and were keen to discover whether a quick return on investment was possible.

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Topics: Rebate Management, Client Stories, Industry Sector: Building Materials, ERP Vendor Rebate Modules

Buying group purchasing system — 7 essential features

Posted by Andrew Butt on February 27, 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