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Johnstone Supply – Fresno

Distributor Uses MITS BI to Better Manage Their Store Group

Johnstone Supply Fresno Customer Story

Valuable Data to Grow a Company

Company Background

While they now produce the famous ‘Johnstone Catalog’ of over 50,000 parts and supplies for the HVACR market, Johnstone Supply began humbly in 1953 with just a single store. Over the years, they have grown to over 425 independently-owned locations that generate over a billion dollars in annual sales and are one of the largest HVACR wholesale distributors in the US.

One branch, in particular, Johnstone – Fresno has 12 employees and is one of six locations that make up Johnstone Supply, The Orion Group. The ownership of stores is very much a family affair, with the second generation stepping into senior management roles following the retirement of the original owners. The Orion Group’s Controller, Bill Kidd, manages the financials for the six branches and is responsible for bringing MITS BI (Business Intelligence) to the Fresno location.

Searching for a Solution

For years, the Fresno Branch was merely downloading ERP data into Excel spreadsheets then spending upwards of 3 hours manipulating data each time they needed to update their records. While a necessary endeavor to improve the business, it was simply too difficult, too time-consuming, and too inefficient to dedicate so much effort to manual data analysis. Worst of all, they felt that this method ultimately lacked the depth and detail they needed.

An integrated business intelligence platform was clearly needed for this distribution business. Johnstone – Fresno needed three things out of their ideal data tool: customized dashboards for anything from high-level insights to granular data deep-dives; seamless, an easy-to-use experience for their team to adopt; and a demonstrated value for themselves and their customers.

  • Customized dashboards
  • Seamless, easy to use
  • Demonstrated value

Adding Value in Both Dollars and Time

Using MITS BI drastically changed the way Johnstone Supply – Fresno operated their business for revenue growth. With as reliable of a system as it has been, MITS BI inventory is now checked against physical inventory rather than the other way around. This small but essential distinction demonstrates the precision and confidence that the software brings to a business.

Kidd puts it plainly: “I would recommend the MITS solution for a number of reasons. Number one, MITS BI is reliable. That is extremely important – to make sure things balance. I can rely 100% on the information that comes out of MITS BI to be accurate and useful. MITS makes information available at a moment’s notice – and for a business like Johnstone, this is essential to make informed decisions, especially in such a competitive market as HVACR. And, finally, the time savings are so significant that for that reason alone, I would recommend the MITS BI product.” He concludes: “As a relatively new user in a very busy market, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what we are capable of doing with MITS BI. But what we’ve been able to accomplish so far is pretty significant.”

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