- Location: Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada
- Industry: Hardware, Home Center, Lumber
- Number of Employees: 24
- Number of Stores: 1
- Web site: www.ronasunshine.com
"We've increased market share and improved profitability with Epicor Eagle, while also increasing last year's bottom line by $100,000."
Russ Jones, Owner | RONA at Sunshine Coast
RONA at Sunshine Coast simplifies, eliminates, and automates its way to increased profitability
RONA at Sunshine Coast is a local hardware home improvement store and building center located in a resort community in British Columbia. The town is only accessible by ferry with RONA at Sunshine Coast offering a unique service where customers coming in can call and a store employee will pick them up at the wharf and drop them off at the store. Russ Jones, previously a RONA corporate manager, and his wife Tess bought the store and converted it from a corporate owned store to a franchise in 2011. They immediately purchased and installed Epicor Eagle software- the clear choice for their goal to operate the entire store on a system that simplifies processes, eliminates steps, and automates critical business processes.
Epicor Eagle up and running on opening day
Knowing that technology would be crucial for building a successful business, Jones worked feverishly alongside the Epicor implementation team to start on day one using the Eagle solution. "A key reason for selecting Eagle was the integration of the elegant front-end point of sale with the back-end inventory system," said Jones. "We do all of our ordering using replacement stock orders, which allows us to have the right product at the right time, but without overstocking. We've already improved by almost a full inventory turn. Another key reason for selecting Eagle was due to the regular updates, so we'll stay current with technology. We won't be forced to pull out this system in five years like others-it's always evolving."
Epicor solutions improve customer experience
With about half of the business coming from account sales, the ability for RONA at Sunshine Coast customers to access their accounts online is essential. "iNet lets customers conveniently access their own invoices and statements, saving both the customer and my team countless hours," Jones said. "We've automated POs and send customer statements via e-mail. Document Management makes it easier to run our business and makes it easier for our customers to buy our products, and we save money on paper. Our people spend more time serving customers right up until closing, when we just lock up the store and go, while our systems are automatically backed up to a secure off-site server. I don't have to worry if there's a fire or a storm overnight and I don't have to worry about backup tapes or where these tapes get left. If something goes wrong Epicor recovers our data."
Instantly available information on a smartphone
Epicor Eagle Mobile Manager performs an endless array of tasks for Jones, including account management, price checks, competitive price comparisons, remote management, inventory checks, and trade show buys. "Your smartphone is like your watch, it's always with you and with Mobile Manager your store information is always available," said Jones. "I started off buying Mobile Manager for one user and today four of us rely on it. Business is real time. Trade shows, which used to be product showcases, are now buying opportunities. It's critical to have your store information at your fingertips. The other RONA business owners attending the show are looking at new products and specials, making gut decisions about what to order. I'm drawing a little crowd around me as I'm scanning and checking inventory, while everyone else uses notepads. No question, we make better informed decisions."
Better than a Financial Analyst
Combining the visual template reports in Epicor Eagle Performance Manager with the tailored query power of Epicor Eagle Compass, Jones controls every aspect of the business. "Whatever I need to know, I drag-and-drop the selections into Compass," Jones said. "It's like having a financial analyst, without spending the salary. Everyday, my team meets and I share key metrics indicated in green, amber, or red-everyone sees the whole picture and knows where we need to take action. For a visual person like me, the Performance Manager sales summary report is my favorite; it's the most used screen on my desktop. At any minute I can see all the arrows and all the colors highlighting where we are for the day, month, and year."
The results roll in
"We've increased market share and improved profitability, while also increasing last year's bottom line by $100,000," said Jones. "We removed $150,000 in dead inventory, and improved inventory turns. The ease of ordering and tracking, our special order business, whereby the system notifies us when the order comes in, has increased from less than 5% to 15% of sales. Document Manager signature capture and electronic ordering alone saves eight hours a week. We're more efficient throughout the store and the results are rolling in."
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