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Autorama implements Ebbon-Dacs for all new vehicle orders

Autorama Group has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink to handle all new vehicle orders across its three main brands and generate operating efficiencies across the business.

The business operates across three main brands: Vanarama, which specialises in sales of light commercial vehicles; Motorama which provides new cars to both B2B and B2C customers; and Pick-up Direct which handles sales of new pick-up trucks.

The Group orders some 15-16,000 new vehicles per annum across its three business lines, and had previously relied on manual processes and spreadsheets.

However, these were neither scalable nor could they cope with the pace of growth the business had witnessed in recent years.

To identify a more efficient and fully automated alternative, chief commercial officer Jo Elms headed up a selection and implementation project which began by evaluating the main e-procurement platforms in the UK.

Elms said the implementation of Leaselink was already bringing a number of benefits, including greatly improved transparency; the ability to track orders anywhere in the supply pipeline; the removal of manual purchase orders with a fully streamlined and automated ordering process; better management information reporting; and the speeding up of delivery times by around 15%

Elms said: “We use Leaselink in conjunction with Stocklink, a standalone system that Ebbon-Dacs developed several years ago and which gives our sales team an overview of the vehicles we hold in stock.

“They can then reserve a vehicle for 48 hours on the customer’s behalf, but if the deal is not completed by then, the vehicle goes back into stock. It gives us more structure and control to our sales process.”

As the next phase of its implementation, Autorama also plans to use Ebbon- moDel vehicle delivery and collection solution to control all deliveries of new vehicles in the future.

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