Managing paint and materials sales and costs requires careful attention to KPIs and a unified team effort. Ensure profitability is part of shop culture by discussing these numbers with your team, from the paint department to the estimators.
For 30 days, he dedicated time and effort to it. On each successive job, he concentrated on his efficiency, his technique, his use of a primer surfacer when refinishing vehicles, all in an effort to improve the tool’s profitability.
You can’t necessarily expect that level of commitment from every painter—but, actually, it’s pretty standard for Jeramy Myers’ painters and estimators, who are all committed to improving paint and material profitability at Flawless Auto Body. The above example is case in point, as the painter presented his evaluations to the Flawless team, which led to the entire department more efficiently utilizing its surfacers.
Dallas Texas, July 2017 – Awards were announced for Auto Body Repair shops achieving Excellence in Material Management. One shop is chosen from each of the Mike Anderson Axalta Business Council Groups.
Shops must meet high industry standards in order to be considered for these awards, including meeting or exceeding all environmental regulations, minimizing waste and using quality warranted paint materials. Shops are compared with six separate metrics that include measurements demonstrating the minimization of waste and environmental impact, cost control as measured in per RO and per refinish labor unit, and producing quality repairs. Their cumulative ranking in six KPIs determined their rank within their peer group.
These shops were chosen out of the groups who 1) Agreed to have their KPIs compared within their respective group 2) Had their purchases submitted independently 3) Supplied several key sales inputs needed to complete the calculations 4) Lean Material Management Reports compared for at least one year.
MSO Group 2-5 locations Scotts Collision Center, Pennsylvania.
Independent single location Latuff Brothers, Inc., Minnesota.
Dealer Shop/Group Five Star Automotive, Georgia.
MSO group 6-20 locations The Collision Centers, New York
And the Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Excellence in Material Management is …
Pro Care Automotive & Collision, Texas
2017 marks the third year that J. Hunter & Associates has presented these awards. J. Hunter & Associates is an independent third party company that assists body Auto Body shops and PBE jobbers nationwide in managing material usage and the shop level. More information about J. Hunter & Associates can be found at their web site. www.LeanMaterialManagement.com.
… One recommendation for managers or owners attending safety meetings is to sit down and take notes. Unless you are leading the meeting, allow your employees to be involved to ask questions and share their thoughts and experiences. Your presence at the meeting and taking notes shows everyone that you value the subject being discussed and are willing to learn just like everyone else.