Spring 2016, Vol. 1

WHAT’S NEW AT BRITE

Welcome to BRITE’s inaugural quarterly newsletter, brought to you by Angus Analytics. We could not be more excited to share timely news and seasonally relevant tactics to help you get the most from all that BRITE, and the industry, have to offer. With smart, money-saving advice, and sound business strategies, Angus Analytics aims to help you navigate the sometimes choppy waters and quick-changing climates we so often encounter.

We, at Angus Analytics, want you to think of this newsletter as another invaluable resource, that will keep you tapped into the fuel delivery industry with up-to-the-minute reporting and analysis. It’s just one more way we can service the customers who mean so much to us.

HANDLING EXCESS CALLS IN THE SPRING

BOB LEVINS

By definition, a successful product or service generates more revenue than the cost to produce, sell and service it.  In our industry, we’d like to think that a standard service contract, typically offered in the range of $200 to $300 (depending on the coverage specifics), qualifies for this designation. Across a broad spectrum of BRITE subscribers, our data has shown that a fully loaded service call will cost ~$140 (do you know what your cost is?), which means the revenue received for the contract will cover approximately two calls per year. We also know that one of those calls will be the preventive maintenance call included in the contract and performed proactively. Therefore, the threshold for breakeven on a service contract will occur after just one unscheduled call from the customer.  The hedge that we call a service contract will work well for approximately 80% of customers who, on average, will experience two or fewer service calls per year. However, it’s the remaining 20% that should be a focus for your service department.

How can BRITE help? Excess Calls Widget
If not yet on one of your customized dashboards, visit the Widget Library, scroll down to “Service” and add the “Excess Call” widget; once placed on your chosen dashboard, you will see the number of service locations qualified as in excess on the report for the period in question as well as the number of calls for the highest service location on the Dashboard View. With a single click to the Expand View, you will be provided visibility into customers and equipment, in any date rage desired, in reverse order by # of service calls. Focus on the top of the list as they are draining your resources without contributing to your success. You need to be proactive in taking steps to deal with these drains on your business and profit, when you have the time (now, during the spring and summer months); determine whether equipment should be replaced, modify the price/coverage of the contract, decide not to renew it altogether or other solutions that protect your profit. In addition, your customer will get the service that they expect and it will go a long way in minimizing your risk and increasing predictability within your service department.

Trend Alert: We are observing that many companies, in an attempt to mitigate some of this risk, are offering a “Share-the-Risk” type of contract, which provide customer with somewhat limited protection, a discount on parts and labor only. You can present this to your customer in a few different ways:

  1. This is the service contract we offer…
  2. A probationary contract for the first year, until we learn more about your equipment
  3. For those you choose not to renew a full service contract for due to excess calls, this alternative still provides ‘stickiness’ between your company and the customer In summary, we have confidence in the profitability of most of our customers

The challenge lies with the outliers, those ~20% of customers that for one reason or another, drain our resources (and emotions) on a daily basis. Identifying them, and “fixing” them has been the challenge. BRITE’s Excess Calls view is the solution, segmenting for you exactly who they are. Now all you have to do is execute! 

BRITE EDUCATIONAL SERIES

RECENT WEBINAR

TOPIC: BUDGETING OR BEST GUESSING
DATE: MARCH 30, 2016
For those of you who may have missed our budget focused webinar in March, please feel free to click on the link below to hear what our experts, Jeff Simpson and Joe Stariha, shared with our participants.

Click here to review our budget webinar

UPCOMING WEBINAR

TOPIC BRITE ENHANCEMENTS
DATE: JUNE 2, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

Presenters, Bob Levins, Managing Partner of Angus Analytics and Joe Kestel, Senior Software Developer, Angus Analytics

Bob Levins and Joe Kestel will share a number of recent enhancements made to BRITE that make it easier to navigate the system, find key data and customize your dashboards.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

NEW CUSTOMERS –
WELCOME TO BRITE

DF Richard Energy, Maine
Blue Star Gas, California
Tevis Energy, Maryland
Anderson Oil Company, Virginia
Hart Home Comfort, New York
Santa Home Heating & Cooling, Connecticut
Townsend Energy, Massachusetts

*Blue represents the states of our subscribers

UPCOMING EVENTS

MEANINGFUL METRICS

Angus Analytics has compiled the following BRITE benchmark KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) in Delivery efficiency, as experienced this past winter by BRITE subscribers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Although the results might not be indicative of a “normal” winter, we thought that you might find them interesting as a comparison to those of your own operation (be sure to use your Delivery Widgets to find your own KPIs). Note: a broad spectrum of company profiles have been included in this benchmarking data set.

BRITE TECH NOTES

Recent System Improvements

User Interface

  • Added the ability for users to re-size their widgets, allowing further flexibility and dashboard customization
  • New table structure allows users to create custom groupings rather than predefined groupings
  • Optimized both Dashboard and Widget loading, Objects (Dashboards, Widgets & Reports) appear faster and render more smoothly
  • Added a new left-sidebar and floating action button to the dashboard to better organize those options and reduce the clutter at the top of the screen
Database

  • Associate service calls with the item/equipment being serviced rather than the location
  • Service equipment items now visible in Excess Calls widget
  • Service, down to the equipment level, has been incorporated into the callback logic
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS
ARE SAYING

Steve Ohl, President of RF Ohl Fuel, shared the following benefits BRITE has brought to his management team:

“Margin analysis widget has revolutionized my business.”
“We are now having budget conversations based on real information, not guessing or from the gut.”
“ We had to lay off a few service techs. We based it on which techs referred the most business or up-sold, not based on the techs revenue.”

Please share your feedback, questions, comments, suggestions by emailing us at support@briteinfo.com

CONTACT US

Angus Analytics/BRITE:
BOB LEVINS
email: rlevins@angusenergy.com

Angus Hedging:
DANNY SILVERMAN
email: dsilverman@angusenergy.com

MARK BLOOM
email: mbloom@angusenergy.com

Angus Finance:
JEFF SIMPSON
email: jsimpson@angusenergy.com