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Case Study: David Gooding, Inc.

 “The accessibility to data we have with dynaMACS is tremendous. It’s extremely user friendly for everyone at the agency.”

Patrick Carroll, Information Systems
David Gooding Inc.

David_Gooding_LogoClient Challenge

David Gooding Inc.’s old software pulled information from a Microsoft database and applied data tables to it, based on computer code the user had to enter. If that sounds complicated, it was. The tedious process was built for programmers. Attempting to run a sales report practically required the user to have a degree in Computer Science. The sales agency was in dire need of a more user friendly software.




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Then David Gooding was introduced to dynaMACS. Patrick Carroll, Gooding’s Information Systems Manager, knew right away that dynaMACS had the ease-of-use the agency was looking for. “The accessibility to data that we have with dynaMACS is tremendous. It is extremely user friendly for everyone.”

“With one mouse click, you can drill down to more information from any screen,” he says. “The ability to get any information you need, instantly and easily, is a big benefit to everyone at the agency.”

Various people at the agency access dynaMACS in different ways. The owner has remote access, and the lead salesperson has dynaMACS Mobile on his laptop. Both have access to up-to-date information on manufacturers, customers and sales reps from anywhere they are – at home, on the road or at the office.

One of Carroll’s favorite features is the ability to email reports directly from dynaMACS Sales IQ. The agency can email reports instantly to manufacturers, customers and salespeople. Selecting the email button creates the email with the report attached in PDF format. dynaMACS pulls up the appropriate customer, manufacturer or sales rep which the report will be sent to – and the user never has to open Outlook – the process is automatic.

“With dynaMACS, we’re well informed about our business,” Carroll says. “During the month, we can quickly see where all manufacturers stand, what groups of product categories are being sold and much more. It’s an invaluable sales tool.”

Tip #1608 – Save Time by Using the Manufacturer Customer Code During Manual Entry

When entering Sales and Commissions directly from a manufacturer’s spreadsheet or invoice, it may be quicker to enter in Sales Entry using the Manufacturer Customer Code.  The following tip explains how to customize a sales entry session to accomplish this.

  1.  From the Sales Entry screen select the Customize button.Sales Entry Screen 1
  2. Select the Manufacturer radio button and enter the Manufacturer Code.  In this example we will use the manufacturer code APC for Apcal Alloy Company.  You can click on the Binoculars button to search for the Manufacturer Code if you don’t have it.
  3. Select By Mfr Cust Code from the drop down in the Customer field.
  4. Click on the Save button and then select the Exit button.Sales Entry Options Screen
  5. You will be returned to the Sales Entry screen.
  6. Select the Add button to begin adding your sales and commission information.Sales Entry Screen 2
  7. Below is a sample of a manufacturer spreadsheet from the manufacturer Apcal Alloy      Company which shows the manufacturer customer codes along with the sales and       commission information.Manufacturer Spreadsheet
  8. Enter the Manufacturer code in the Sales Entry screen and select <Enter>.  (In this example it’s APC for Apcal Alloy Company)
  9. You will notice that the cursor then jumps directly to the Mfg Cust Code 1 field where you     can enter the manufacturer customer code from the spreadsheet or invoice.  You can also click on the Binoculars button to search for the Manufacturer Customer Code if you don’t have it.  From here you can continue on with your sales entry as normal.Sales Entry Screen 3

Tip #1607 – Transferring Sales and Commissions History for a Specific Manufacturer and Customer to a Different Sales Rep

In our previous Tip #1606 we discussed how to automatically give a sales rep that is not currently assigned to a particular customer, credit for sales based upon the manufacturer. This tip is a follow up which discusses how to transfer the sales and commission history for the manufacturer/customer after making that override.

  1.  From the main dynaMACS screen select Edit>File Transfer/Combine>Mfg/Cst/Rep Transfer (1).dynaMACS Main Screen
  2. If you are prompted to Create Restore Point always answer “Yes” and enter a good Description for your restore point.  In this case we will enter “Moving History from JB to RW”.
  3. Select the Proceed button.Create Restore Point Screen
  4. When the Create Restore Point is complete the Manufacturer/Customer/Sales Rep Transfer/Combine (1) screen is displayed.
  5. On the left side (under Select Records With) enter the Manufacturer code and then the Customer code.
  6. On the right side (under Transfer To) enter the new Sales Rep code and check the Transfer Commission Splits to this Sales Rep box if you want to transfer the splits to the new rep. (See Note below)
  7. Select the Proceed button and then select Yes at confirmation to print your Audit       Report.  Be sure to choose print to PDF as the file may be quite large.Transfer Combine Screen
  8. At the Please Confirm dialog box select the Yes button if everything is correct on the Audit Report to continue with the transfer.Please Confirm Screen
  9. Select the OK button from the F.Y.I. dialog box.Ok_FYIConfirmationRepeat steps 4 through 9 for as many transfers as needed.

Case Study: Maschmedt & Associates

“With dynaMACS cloud, our data is secure, always backed-up and easily accessed from anywhere.”

Jon Edwards, Controller
Maschmedt & Associates

MaschmedtAssociates_LogoClient Challenge

Maschmedt & Associates had been using an Access database for tracking agency sales and commissions. Updating the system required outside resources, using it was time-consuming and it was too old to keep pace with the busy agency’s needs.

Maschmedt needed modern and sophisticated software. Controller Jon Edwards had a list of features that he was looking for: Software designed especially for sales agencies. A way to quickly enter invoices and reconcile manufacturer commission statements. The ability to distribute up-to-date and comprehensive reports to sales reps. A cloud-based system for security and backup. And the software must update automatically.

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dynaMACS Solution

When researching solutions, Edwards learned about dynaMACS’ capabilities and scheduled a demo to see the sales agency software in action. dynaMACS checked all the boxes on his list – and had even more functionality and the potential to greatly improve efficiency.

It’s been a smooth journey from the start, when three years’ worth of data was converted and migrated from Access. Since implementation, there’s been a significant impact on operations:

*Sales and commission data is cloud-based, so it’s secure, backed-up and accessible from anywhere

*Software automatically updates

*dynaMACS’ eSi eliminates 98% of manual data entry

*Sales reps have up-to-date sales data for their territory (Previously numbers were two to three months old)

*Information can be sliced and diced in numerous ways

*Maschmedt & Associates can drill down for detailed information on manufacturers, customers and reps 

With powerful ways to analyze sales, pay reps and track commissions, Maschmedt has a 360° view of performance.

Case Study: Kitchin & Sons

“When traveling, I use dynaMACS daily to look up customer sales, territory sales and more.  It’s extremely convenient.”

Thomas M. Kitchin, President
Kitchin & Sons

Kitchin_LogoClient Challenge

When Kitchin & Sons experienced significant growth due to an acquisition, President Tom Kitchin quickly realized his agency needed better information to manage the growing business, as well as a way to integrate the two agencies’ disparate databases






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Kitchin decided it was time to upgrade to dynaMACS, who quickly integrated the two databases.

The agency see sales and commission data in a multitude of ways: sorted by customer, manufacturer or salesperson, and drilling down to more detailed information with one click. With dynaMACS on his laptop, Kitchin has 24/7 access to up-to-date information. “When traveling, I use dynaMACS’ Sales IQ daily to look up customer sales, territory sales and more,” says Kitchin. “It is extremely convenient and keeps me in touch with what’s going on.”

Back at the office, the staff is equally thrilled with dynaMACS. Administrator Joyce Drumm says, “dynaMACS saves time in so many ways. With the SmartView feature, I type in a few letters of a customer name and instantly see all customers who buy from a manufacturer.” Her favorite upgrade: Faster commission reconciliation reports. “It used to take 3 ½ hours to calculate before the report printed. Now, within a minute of hitting print, I have a report – a tremendous time-saver.” From a data entry perspective, Drumm says, “The entry screens are simple, well laid-out, and in a logical sequence.”

As for technical support, Drumm says dynaMACS is helpful, knowledgeable and timely: “It’s nice dealing with a company where you talk to people instead of recordings and touch-tone response systems.”

Tip #1606 – How to automatically give a sales rep, that is not currently assigned to a particular customer, credit for a sales based upon the manufacturer

dynaMACS makes it easy to automatically assign a sales rep to each entry. By default, this assignment is based on the sales rep associated with the customer.  During entry, the operator can override this sales rep, if desired.  However, there may be situations where a different sales rep always gets credit for a particular manufacturer.  This tip will show how to set-up dynaMACS to accomplish such an override.

  1.  From the main dynaMACS screen select the Viewer icon and then the Customer icon to get to the Customer Maintenance screen.
  2. From the Customer Viewer screen highlight the customer.  In this example we are selecting Adel’sDist/Cinci.
  3. Notice that the Sales Rep for this customer is JB Jim Black. Customer Viewer
  4. Select the X-Reference tab.
  5. Select the Add button.
    Customer Viewer 2
  6. Enter or search for the Mfg Code.  In this example we will select “LJM” Lee Jacob Mfg.
  7. Enter or search for the Sales Rep (1) code.  We will use the Sales Rep code of “RW” for Rick White in this example.
  8. Select the Save button.
    Mfg-Cust Cross Ref screen
  9. As you can see below in the Sales Entry screen the Sales Rep field now reflects the change to the new sales rep for this manufacturer/customer.
    Sales Entry