Manufacturing and Distribution
One of Australia’s leading manufacturers of air conditioning and ventilation fittings started 20 years ago by three brothers – with nothing but a business plan and some space in their parents’ garage.
Quality Air Equipment (QAE) began as a small sheet metal workshop but has since evolved into a business of around 100 staff manufacturing air diffusion products. The company exports internationally from two premises in Australia (NSW and WA) and another in Asia – their hard work has literally taken them from “garage to global”.
“Like most long-standing businesses, the boys kept a lot of what made them great in the early days such as service, teamwork and integrity but they held on to a few of the old systems which just had to go” says Inventory and Purchasing Manager of QAE, Gordon Tirekidis.
The product evolved but their systems didn’t
For years, QAE’s accounting had been run through an older version of QuickBooks. Slowly but surely, the company needed more. The first, most obvious issue? Sheer scale. “The old system was used solely for accounting purposes and only allowed access to a maximum of 15 people. Having now grown to around 100 employees makes a big difference” says Gordon.
“I don’t know how it was managed for so long.”
“Filling in the gaps with spreadsheets was not an easy task and hard work. As a result, orders sometimes took far longer to complete than they should have. The process just took too long” explains Gordon. “It was obvious that QAE needed a software system that would ‘connect the dots’, speed everything up and help get rid of errors in the system”.
The first on the “must have list” was getting onto the cloud. The company operates under several entities and two factories with thousands of stock items so a “server based system” just wasn’t workable anymore.
“MYOB Advanced looked like it could “tick all the boxes” and was also a far better fit than our previous system which had been “way over the top” for our organisation. With only a few customised reports, MYOB Advanced seemed to be a “perfect fit” for QAE’s requirements.
Starting simple with room to grow
It was obvious that QAE needed a flexible software system that could be rolled out gradually in order to manage the business.
“We started with the basics – communication between our customers and invoicing then growing from there. We didn’t want to overwhelm people with change” says Gordon.
“Order and invoice” admin costs reduced by 50%.
“Priceless” improvement in customer service.
Gordon states that he is aware of many other tasks that MYOB Advanced is capable of, but the first order of business was to make orders more efficient to process. “This would speed things up for the client, help get stock turning over and save the company money.” And has it worked? “In a word, yes!”
Three seconds on Quality Air Equipment
Started in Mum and Dad’s garage – heading for world domination
One of Australia’s leading manufacturers of air diffusion products
Still a family-run business after 20 years
Life after Advanced
Stock, orders and sales can be seen across the various business entities and locations
Lots of room to grow – more modules will be added later
Simplified processes and better efficiency in every department
Reporting that makes their CFO very happy
No more customers left waiting