Blitz Motor Factors chooses cloud software to help modernise and grow its business
Motor factor chooses Autopart Online to improve stock control after opening second location
Blitz Motor Factors, a Hertfordshire-based supplier of car parts and accessories, has moved to Autopart Online to help with its recent business expansion. The United Aftermarket Network member has opened a second branch, so needed a software provider that would enable it to effectively manage its stores in both St Albans and Welwyn Garden City.
Peter Mileham, manager of Blitz Motor Factors, explained that the company is keen to modernise its business and needs software that will enable it to grow. "We knew we would be opening a new location when we placed the order for Autopart Online; it was the software's flexibility that made it so appealing."
Autopart is available as a server or cloud-based solution. Blitz Motor Factors chose the hosted option as this would make it much easier to manage its two sites, while helping to keep upfront costs down.
"Having on-site servers simply wouldn't have been financially viable when we knew we were setting up in Welwyn Garden City," explained Peter. "The cloud enables us to maintain a level of flexibility across our entire operation, while leaving us safe in the knowledge that MAM is responsible for our updates and maintenance."
One of the features that appealed most about Autopart Online was its ability to improve stock control. "This wasn't something our previous provider could offer. We need to be able to move stock around and keep track of items as they move between the two branches," Peter said.
Autopart enables stock to be tracked automatically, from the goods received stage right through to dispatch. Analysis tools are also available within the software, enabling the Blitz Motor Factors team to recalculate minimum and maximum stock levels based on sales history and forecast demand.
"The inter-branch transfer capabilities within Autopart are worth their weight in gold," added Peter.
Ben Whitehouse, senior sales manager at MAM Software, commented: "Autopart includes functionality that can benefit single and multi-site operations. It has been designed to be scalable with a business, helping companies such as Blitz Motor Factors seamlessly manage multiple branches.
"Although it was the inter-branch transfer capabilities that initially stood out for Peter and his team, other features such as product and price management and sales order processing will prove just as valuable to the business."