aSa solutions help Florida fabricator with inventory and more
“We can now take inventory in hours rather than days. Because it’s just a matter of scanning tags, all of our employees can help with inventory,” says R&R Rebar's CFO Mike Davis. The R&R shop is pictured above.
R&R Rebar had humble origins. The company’s precursor, Quality Precast, began at the dining room table of husband and wife Vance and Sara Phelps in 1969, the same year that aSa was founded. And, like aSa, R&R is still a family-owned company dedicated to customer service. “We have the ability to meet our customers’ requirements, no matter how big or how small,” says Mike Davis, the company’s Chief Financial Officer. He adds, “We’ll ship anything from 1 ton to 1,000 tons,” he adds. R&R encourages a sense of ownership among employees by assigning a single detailer to follow a project through its entire life cycle.
R&R Rebar, the organization’s rebar division, was started by the founders’ sons, Robbie and Rick Phelps, in 1997. Additionally, the company has a third division, Quality Block and Supply.
While the company’s focus is its home state of Florida, R&R also ships reinforcing all over the country for certain customers. Recent projects include distribution warehouses, hospitals, apartment complexes, big box retailers, and more. When Mike started working with R&R as a consultant in 2004, the company was using DOS aSa software to automate rebar operations, but its inventory and financial records were all on paper. After helping the company implement a software-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, Mike was hired as a permanent employee in 2006.
In addition to managing financial records, he also oversees the company’s electronic data and software systems.
Over the years, Mike has worked with many aSa consultants on implementation and training projects. “We’ve been happy with the service,” says Mike. “We don’t have to call a lot, which speaks to the quality of aSa’s product. But when we do need help, aSa consultants have been really knowledgeable and helpful. They always get back to us quickly and get us working again,” he notes.
R&R is licensed for a variety of aSa modules, including Estimating, CAD/Detailing, Bar List, Scheduling, Production, Bundle Inventory, Material Tracking, and Load Tracking. Additionally, R&R employees use aSa Rebar Financials to manage project tracking tasks, and they upload data to their ERP system for back-end accounting.
aSa tracking modules were the company’s most recent addition (in 2019), and, according to Mike, among the most helpful. “Traceability is a big advantage. For example, we know when a truckload is complete and ready for shipment, so it doesn’t show up at the jobsite with a missing bundle. (aSa data) helps us solve customer disputes,” Mike says.
The ability to take physical inventory via barcode scans is another benefit, according to Mike. He points out, “We can now take inventory in hours rather than days. Because it’s just a matter of scanning tags, all of our employees can help with inventory.”
“Inventory counts are extremely accurate (with aSa Bundle Inventory). And if there’s a problem or discrepancy, we know exactly where to look,” he adds.