QuotePlus – Professional Modules

Incentive Schemes
Productivity - As profit declines per job the natural business solution is to increase productivity. But how? The most common method is by offering the incentive of higher wages to produce more. The theory goes, either turnover the same with less technicians or increase turnover with the same number. It’s easy in theory but finding the right scheme and then managing the process is too daunting a task using manual systems.
Higher Wages - As the shortage of technicians affects the industry the demand for higher wages is mounting. Once again it’s fine to pay higher wages as long as productivity gains are realized.
Choice - The QuotePlus Incentive Scheme module now includes 5 different schemes based around hourly rates, turnover and target hours. The key is to find what motivates the individual. Select the appropriate scheme and let QuotePlus do all the difficult calculations. Also, an important aspect of any scheme is transparency which is where QuotePlus shines. The schemes are easy to understand and the reporting extremely clear – especially the Employee Payment report
Integration - With full integration with the Estimating and Job Costing modules once again QuotePlus delivers seamless, reliable operation at a far more economical price that 3rd party products.
Summary - Although essential in today’s market, Incentive Schemes will become vital for survival as the market becomes even tougher and the shortage of technicians becomes more critical. Those “early adopters” of the technology will enjoy a distinct competitive advantage over those who recognise it late and then scramble for a system.


DashBoard & Production Planner
Workflow - The paint shop is overloaded with work and yet the panel shop is looking for work – sound familiar. This form of bottleneck is a common affliction resulting from the way vehicles are booked in, which is often Monday to Friday or simply a set number of cars per day, regardless of the job complexity. With sort options by Insurer, priority and e-commerce its easy to track jobs.
Capacity - Based on historical data the number of target hours a shop can complete in an average week can easily be calculated. Combine this with QuotePlus’ cycle time calculations and suddenly the bottlenecks are smoothed out. Where Insurers require a guaranteed return date the “trial fit” feature calculates which job to start first and last.
Summary - By booking jobs in a more methodical manner, common bottlenecks can be avoided which results in a major boost to productivity. With integration to the Estimating and Labour Scheduler modules the smooth flow of work is assured.


Workshop Scheduler
History - For many years shops turning over 10 to 20 jobs per week were considered large where supervisors could mentally track and allocate jobs. Wastage occurred due to bottlenecks and stoppages but with these numbers it wasn’t too costly. Also, staffing levels were not an issue as profitability was higher.
Current Issues - As volumes constantly increase the allocation of jobs has become a daunting task. Now that turnover has increased to 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 + jobs per week, it’s near impossible to rely on mental capabilities alone to optimally allocate jobs. Sure it gets done, but bottlenecks and stoppages are exacerbated and eat away at profit and the shops reputation.
Job Allocation - The trick is to allocate work in such a way that jobs moves through the shop without major hold-ups. Integration with the Job Costing and DashBoard presents new jobs for allocation and technician efficiency percentages enables the Scheduler to work out the “best fit” for workflow. The operator then “massages” the process where necessary.
Conclusion - It is estimated that workflow can improve by up to 25% by scheduling jobs in a way to avoid bottlenecks and stoppages. Once again, investing in superior technology adds to profitability and provides a competitive advantage.


Purpose - The Management section has been designed as a tool to quickly assess business trends. Further analysis of course is available through the Accounting Modules, but daily snapshots are vital for heading off problems before they become serious.
Profitability - Graphically presented, this screen highlights the six most critical figures in the business – Sales, Expenses, Profit, Debtors Balance, Creditors Balance and Bank Balance. The graph can be viewed month to date, last month and year to date.
12 Month P & L - Watch the trend of the business over any 12 month period with percentage variation to the prior month highlighted at the bottom of the report.
Profit Centre Analysis - Is it the Paint Shop or Panel Shop which is most profitable? Are the wages too high in proportion to sales or are paint purchases too high compared to sales? All typical questions a Body Shop owner needs to know. By breaking the business into profit centres, management can obtain the answers quickly and accurately and spot trends before they become problems.
Performance Trends - This graph combines Estimates, Authorised Estimates, Sales and Expenses represented over a floating 12 months. By alerting Management to trends such as Expenses being too close to Sales, then other reports can be used to drill down and find the answers. The same applies if Estimates written are increasing but Authorised Estimates remains steady which means too many jobs are being lost.
DNS Technology

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DNS Technology Pty Ltd
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Victoria 3170
Tel 03.9548.7400
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