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HVAC Inventory Management Case Study: ACE A/C & Heating – Wasp Barcode

Business Challenge

Ineffective inventory management kept technicians in line for replacement parts instead of equipped with proper tools upon dispatch

Solution

Wasp helps Ace improve customer service and get a handle of the items they have stored in their warehouse, saving both time and money

Benefits

BETTER customer service
$1,000 saved weekly
3 Weeks to POSITIVE ROI

Customer Profile

• A/C & Heating Company HQ in Fairfax, VA
• 18 employees
• Warehouse with replacement parts

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Ace A/C and Heating

The product paid for itself in three weeks. Not only did I save money, I’m able to make more money without incurring the fixed costs of additional technicians. As a business owner, I’m pleased to have found a solution that positively impacts both my bottom and top lines.
- Gary Kincheloe, Owner, Ace A/C & Heating

Tracking Inventory Keeps Ace Techs on the Move

In the Hot Seat

With hundreds of items on its warehouse shelves, Ace’s management tried spreadsheets to track the quantities on hand of individual parts, an effort which proved to be ineffective. As a result, the company unexpectedly ran out of particular items, forcing technicians to make time-consuming trips to a regional supply depot. Besides the drive time and added expenses, service technicians wasted time waiting in line to receive the correct parts, leaving customers waiting and wondering when their service technician would return to complete the job.

Gary Kincheloe, owner of Ace, began searching for a solution. After trying out an inventory management product that did not fulfill his needs, Kincheloe purchased Wasp’s InventoryControl solution. Ace now uses Wasp’s inventory solution to manage its parts inventory and keep an accurate count of items in stock.

Using the Wasp mobile computer, Ace can quickly update inventory counts by scanning the barcodes on replacement parts as they are received. Then, when service technicians take parts from the warehouse for a job, the inventory items are checked out to them. Unlike the old spreadsheet approach, scanning barcodes is easy, accurate, and avoids placing any additional burden on technicians.

A Cool Solution

The company immediately began to see results. Kincheloe uses Wasp’s inventory software to create reorder reports, which inform him when stock becomes low for a particular item and provide recommended reorder quantities. Further, Kincheloe can look at inventory reports to gain insight into which items are selling and which are not. This enables him to adjust his inventory, ensuring he has in-demand items on hand.

“This saves a lot of time and helps me keep the right quantity and right stock in my warehouse,” Kincheloe said. “As a result, we simply don’t run out of parts. I don’t have to pay my techs for the time they spend travelling to the supply depot and waiting for help. Rather, I pay them for the high-value work of repairing air conditioning and heating units.”

In the past, Ace’s technicians spent approximately 20-hours a week obtaining parts that were not in the warehouse. These employees earn an average of $40 per hour. Using Wasp Inventory Control, Ace has virtually eliminated this problem and saves approximately $800 per week, or more than $40,000 per year. In addition, Ace now can accommodate additional service calls during the 20-hours technicians used to travel to and from the supply depot.

“The product paid for itself in three weeks,” Kinchloe said. “Not only did I save money, I’m able to make more money without incurring the fixed costs of additional technicians. As a business owner, I’m pleased to have found a solution that positively impacts both my bottom and top lines.”

In addition, Kincheloe now has greater visibility into the quantity of each part he uses each month. He can use this information to negotiate better prices for inventory items. Best of all, customer service has improved since technicians are able to immediately find the parts they need to complete a job more quickly.

Wasp Inventory Control helps Ace:

  • Save more than $40,000 annually in labor costs by automatically tracking inventory
  • Keep an accurate, ongoing count of inventory on hand so forecasting service needs is an exact science
  • Maintain and hold precise inventory quantities to fulfill service needs with the lowest possible expenses to maximize net income

This saves a lot of time and helps me keep the right quantity and right stock in my warehouse. As a result, we simply don’t run out of parts. I don’t have to pay my techs for the time they spend travelling to the supply depot and waiting for help. Rather, I pay them for the high-value work of repairing air conditioning and heating units.
- Gary Kincheloe, Owner, Ace A/C & Heating