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Autoparts (South Wales) Limited upgrades to K8

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Autoparts (South Wales) Limited


Customer: Autoparts (South Wales) Limited

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Gains and benefits

Autoparts (South Wales) Limited was started by ex-Lancaster bomber pilot, Harvey Edwards, in 1962. Harvey had the highly progressive idea of offering twice daily deliveries when other part suppliers were delivering two or three times a week.

Harvey’s peers didn’t think the business would bear the cost of such a revolutionary idea. However, the growth of the company since then, and its success today, as Harvey’s grandson Nick and his team prepare to upgrade to K8 software, are all testament to what a sound business idea it was.

Nick Edwards said that he decided to move to K8 because he was looking for greater functionality and flexibility than his existing system could provide. “Specifically we’re looking forward to better traceability of all processes within the system, particularly for our internal sales team. I also like how you can attach documents and drawings to sales orders that stay with them all through the system.

Stock management will improve too through the barcode scanning of goods as they are returned and the ability to allocate them into different stock locations – such as core returns, surcharge locations, quarantine locations etc. Using the browser based access to K8 also means that my field sales team can work with the key software modules on their iPads to check stock and raise orders for customers while they’re out on the road.”


My field sales team can work with the key software modules on their iPads to check stock and raise orders for customers while they’re out on the road.

- Nick Edwards, Managing Director, Autoparts (South Wales) Limited

Sales Director, Brian Thomas, has been with the company for 50 years and can remember when he was given £1 each day to pay for the four gallons of petrol he needed to do his deliveries! “Taking on K8 is undoubtedly the right move for the company,” he said, “it’s a really flexible system that has a good interface with on-line catalogues and our website.

I also like the way that someone from accounts, with the necessary permissions, can drill down to a sales order without coming out of their screen, and how the sales team can have multiple sales orders open.

It’s good that the system will also suggest add-on purchases and alternatives to the salesperson, will flag stock you want to shift, or offer only certain types of parts to some customers – those who only purchase OE (original equipment) parts for example. It will also let us build kits on the fly.”

K8 also supports the foreign currency transactions that Autoparts need and brings a far more comprehensive reporting suite to the business than they are used to. Nick explained “It’s going to be much easier as everything we need to build an interactive report comes as standard. Using K8’s ‘exception’ style of reporting we’ll be able to see who owes us money over a certain amount and we can record and incorporate sales that have been ‘lost’ into our forecasting which will be really useful.”

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