ACIS, the UK’s leading distributor to the accident repair and refinishing market, continues to outperform the sector after reporting more than £4 million worth of sales had been transacted through ASCRIBE, its online stock management and replenishment solution that drives greater bodyshop efficiencies.

ASCRIBE provides bodyshop managers with the ability to automatically replenish paint and consumables but also measure the true efficiency of their operatives and how they use the materials in order to drive down waste and loss.

Bodyshops and repair centres using the technology have made average savings of around 18 per cent, with some accident centres cutting their costs by a larger margin.

Now increased demand for ASCRIBE has seen a four-fold increase in the amount of product transacted through the system since 2015 – and that figure is growing.

Greater efficiency is achieved through the use of a barcode scanner which allocates individual quantities and products to each operative or repair job. ASCRIBE ensures that instant stock valuations are available at the click of a mouse, rendering redundant the arduous task of counting materials at the end or beginning of each month.

An end-to-end system that not only intelligently manages stock levels in real time, but also creates and sends replenishment orders electronically, ASCRIBE is now being used by a number of major accident repair centre networks.

ASCRIBE also produces industry-leading management reports – from stock allocated to each operative, through to the categorisation of materials and live ‘up-to-the-minute’ purchase data.

“We have recorded more than £4 million worth of bodyshop materials being ordered and issued through ASCRIBE, which means that there was over six-figure product savings for the bodyshops using it,” said ACIS CEO Graham O’Neill.

In the last financial year, ACIS which works with insurers, motor manufacturers and bodyshop groups, grew its business by 20 per cent, double the performance of the sector as a whole.

Furthermore, the national organisation posted a strong performance in its ‘order fill’ with 98 per cent of all stock arriving with its customers ‘right first time’.

Graham added: “The ASCRIBE figures are testament to our growth trajectory and demand from the industry for agility and ‘right first time’ service. ACIS is all about the added value offering of which technology including ASCRIBE, is a major building block in helping bodyshops to help themselves to be more competitive and profitable in a sector that has for years suffered from the ‘race to the bottom’ culture driven by price and low margins.”