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Buyers Access Adds Intelligent Property Operations Systems with Leonardo247 to National Supplier Network

by Michelle N. on 10/21/2013 6:08:41 AM


Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing, announces today the addition of a new national supplier, Leonardo247: Intelligent Property Operations Systems. Leonardo247 is servicing the multifamily industry with easy-to-use cloud-based software that is radically changing the way managers operate the multi-million dollar assets put in their care. Site managers adhere to a massive number of operational protocols that need to be followed from day to day. Oftentimes site managers need to refer to an “operational binder” which has proven to be highly ineffective. Teams in the field cannot efficiently utilize these resources, leaving important policies and procedures unattended and ignored. Leonardo247 automates all of these operational protocols by utilizing its own database of best practices combined with the company’s own customized policies and creating simple, trackable checklists which are presented every day to the operations staff.  “Pairing Leonardo247 with Buyers Access creates a single destination for maintenance teams where they can receive instruction on everything which needs to be done on-site and then purchase the tools and supplies they need to complete the work. That is unprecedented in the multifamily industry and we’re excited to partner with Buyers Access to make that happen,” Daniel Cunningham, Founder & CEO, Leonardo247.  Buyers Access continues to partner with industry-leading companies that will bring innovative means to improve operating income and process efficiency to members. This newest partnership with Leonardo247 provides additional product and service offerings to Buyers Access Members. “We are very excited to work with Daniel Cunningham, Founder & CEO of Leonardo247, and his team to bring our current and future members a service that is a first of its kind: property operations software. We look forward to working with our members to bring a phenomenal solution on property operations through Leonardo247’s exceptional cloud-based software,” Phil Bassett, President and CEO, Buyers Access.

 

About Buyers Access
Buyers Access is the nation’s leading Multifamily Group Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry. We take an active role as your business partner and provide full service solutions to help your business maximize the value of your real estate. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties reduce their operating costs and become more efficient. Through the use of our operational expertise, properties have added millions of dollars to their real estate value. Celebrating 28 years, Buyers Access looks forward to meeting new challenges in the multifamily industry. For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169

Media Contact:
Michelle Niemeyer
Director of Marketing
Office: 253.517.5540
Email: mniemeyer@buyersaccess.com

 




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Understanding Customer Relationship Management and Business Intelligence for Multifamily Properties

by Michelle N. on 10/16/2013 12:11:16 PM

Earlier this year Buyers Access deployed Birst, a business intelligence (BI) platform to increase the value of its purchasing program for both its property management company clients and its suppliers. The latest article on http://www.naahq.org/connect/libraries/revenue-management/customer-focus-crm-business-intelligence#sthash.hxr37Cje.dpuf expands on how BI tools and customer relationship management (CRM) systems in the multifamily industry are proving to be a necessity.

Contact a Buyers Access Sales Director or your dedicated Account Manager to understand how Buyers Access already leverages an integrated CRM and BI infrastructure.

 

 




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Birst Business Intelligence Increases Value of Buyers Access Purchasing Program

by Michelle N. on 5/2/2013 5:20:42 AM

 

 

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130502-904155.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Birst Inc., the leader in Cloud BI, today announced that Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing for the multifamily housing industry, is deploying Birst's business intelligence (BI) platform to increase the value of its purchasing program for both its property management company clients and its suppliers.

With more than 650,000 units of purchasing power and a team of industry experts, Buyers Access has helped thousands of multifamily properties reduce costs and become more efficient. To do so, Buyers Access works with its network of suppliers to provide properties with optimal pricing and an economical purchasing process. Using Birst, Buyers Access will be able to identify properties that are not leveraging the program as planned. Additionally, Buyers Access will be able to notify suppliers in its network of opportunities to support property purchasing and increase sales. Birst will also provide Buyers Access with greater insight into client profitability, as well as the ability to create more accurate forecasts that will enable the organization to optimize its budgeting and planning processes.

"Moving from our current, SQL reporting environment to Birst is a game changer for our business," said Jeff Peterson, Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis, Buyers Access. "With Birst, we can design an entirely new report in two days instead of two weeks, two months, or even longer. We're empowering our business users to quickly make meaningful decisions that improve our business results -- as well as those of our clients and suppliers -- without the constant involvement of IT."

In a move to utilize technology instead of owning it, Buyers Access began a company-wide initiative to switch from on-premise applications to technology deployed in the Cloud. The organization implemented Salesforce.com to manage its sales and customer service activities, but continued to utilize its legacy, on-premise, SQL-based reporting tools when it discovered that its default data visualization and analytical capabilities were unable to meet the company's analytic needs. To fill the gap and complete its move to Cloud technology, Buyers Access evaluated a number of analytical solutions and selected Birst due to the overall flexibility and enterprise-caliber capabilities of its comprehensive, Cloud-based BI platform. With its pre-built data connector, Birst easily and seamlessly integrated with Salesforce.com and is providing Buyers Access with single sign-on (SSO) to increase efficiency. Additionally, Birst's automated back-end, including data warehouse and ETL, will allow Buyers Access to quickly and easily combine and analyze data from additional sources in the future.

"As the only comprehensive BI platform born in the cloud, Birst enables organizations to lower their total cost of ownership and repurpose valuable IT resources without sacrificing analytical depth and breadth," said Brad Peters, CEO of Birst. "Compared to simple data discovery tools and costly legacy BI, Birst is a powerful, economical alternative that supplies the insight organizations need to solve real business problems, fast."

To find out more information about Birst's solutions and how they can help your business succeed, visit www.birst.com.

About Birst

Birst is the only enterprise-caliber Business Intelligence platform born in the cloud. Less costly and more agile than Legacy BI and more powerful than Data Discovery, Birst is engineered with an automated data warehouse and rich, visual analytics, to give meaning to data -- all types and sizes. Coupled with the agility of the Cloud, Birst gives business teams the ability to solve real problems. Fast. Find out why Gartner named Birst a Challenger in its most recent BI Magic Quadrant and why more than a thousand businesses rely on Birst for their analytic needs. Learn to think fast at www.birst.com and join the conversation @birstbi.

For more information, contact:

Stacey Burbach

Point Communications Group for Birst, Inc.

602.279.1137




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Buyers Access Launches New Corporate and e-Commerce websites: The Smart Advantage Purchasing Program is Evolving

by Michelle N. on 4/30/2013 8:12:38 PM

 

 

Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing, announces today the redesign and re-launch of its corporate marketing and e-Commerce websites.  The Buyers Access new corporate website incorporates a dynamic look and feel, user friendly navigation, and valuable video content to create a more interactive experience for visitors. The newly developed site-wide search engine helps visitors find specific information with ease.  The site also contains a single source login feature at the upper right hand side of each page which allows members to access the new e-Commerce site seamlessly. In addition, the new website is also mobile-configured, compatible with all types of smartphone/tablet devices and accommodates for simple fingertip navigation. “The website design showcases Buyers Access’ comprehensive purchasing solutions, success stories, rich blog content, and provides a deeper look into our core capabilities,” says Michelle Niemeyer, Director of Marketing, Buyers Access. “We want to make it easier for prospects, members, and suppliers to find our smart purchasing solutions online and become more educated about how Buyers Access can support their strategic initiatives.”

The Buyers Access new e-Commerce website offers complete commerce automation (purchase orders, invoices, product and contract maintenance) and reporting solutions with intelligent direction and feedback for purchasing decisions. Enhancements to the e-Commerce site include but are not limited to: several options to locate and order products, ability to compare product across multiple vendors, custom site configuration, refined approval processes, electronic invoicing, accounts payable system administration and budget management. “Our new e-Commerce site evolved out of listening to our members’ needs and adapting our business to address those needs,” says Phil Bassett, President and CEO, Buyers Access.  “Our members now have a configurable ‘procure-to-pay’ platform that has the benefits of our bigger competitors at a fraction of the cost. Business Intelligence analytics and reporting is a key component to our platform, further enabling our members to get the most out of their spend.”

Buyers Access is offering webinars and various web-based training for members on the new e-Commerce website. For more information about upcoming training sessions please contact your dedicated account manager.

About Buyers Access
Buyers Access is the nation’s leading Multifamily Group Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry. We take an active role as your business partner and provide full service solutions to help your business maximize the value of your real estate. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties reduce their operating costs and become more efficient. Through the use of our operational expertise, properties have added millions of dollars to their real estate value. Celebrating 28 years, Buyers Access looks forward to meeting new challenges in the multifamily industry. For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169


For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169


Media Contact:
Michelle Potter
Director of Marketing
Office: 253.517.5540
Email: mpotter@buyersaccess.com
 




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Vendor Compliance Leader NetVendor Adds Variety to Buyers Access Members

by Michelle N. on 4/6/2013 11:29:23 AM

 

Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing, announces today the addition of a new national supplier, Net Vendor. NetVendor is a vendor compliance and risk management company servicing the multifamily industry. The NetVendor Multifamily Property Management Solution is a real-time solution that automates vendor compliance for the properties that you own and/or manage. “Buyers Access and our members will realize a tremendous benefit in supplier management in our new partnership with NetVendor. They bring a unique virtual solution that enables Buyers Access and its members to coordinate the critical components of risk management with suppliers. We are looking forward to the possibilities in our new partnership with NetVendor, which will be mutually beneficial in line with our overall solutions strategy,” says Phil Bassett, President and CEO of Buyers Access. “Our partnership is something we are really excited about.  This strategic alignment provides our common clients with solutions that improve the bottom line in a single user experience,” says Anthony Renaldo, CEO of NetVendor.

To find out more about how you can benefit from being a Buyer Access member and access a national supplier network, please contact us at the phone number and/or website below.

About Buyers Access
Buyers Access is the nation’s leading Multifamily Group Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry. We take an active role as your business partner and provide full service solutions to help your business maximize the value of your real estate. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties reduce their operating costs and become more efficient. Through the use of our operational expertise, properties have added millions of dollars to their real estate value. Celebrating 28 years, Buyers Access looks forward to meeting new challenges in the multifamily industry. For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169

Media Contact:
Michelle Niemeyer
Director of Marketing
Office: 253.517.5540
Email: mniemeyer@buyersaccess.com




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Buyers Access Adds EV Charging Supplier SemaConnect To National Supplier Network

by Michelle N. on 4/5/2013 11:37:56 AM


Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing, announces today the addition of a new national supplier, SemaConnect. SemaConnect is a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle software for station owners and EV drivers.  "We're excited to join hands with Buyers Access and bring our electric vehicle charging stations to multifamily properties nationwide. Electric vehicles are seeing significant sales in large metros, and multifamily residents with electric cars in these metros need charging stations to be able to refuel their vehicles.  For owners of multifamily housing, electric vehicle charging stations are the new amenity that can help differentiate their property, enhance property value, and provide a new revenue source,” says Mahi Reddy, Founder and CEO of SemaConnect. “Our new partnership with SemaConnect is very exciting for us, building on our thought leadership for our customers. Sustainability is a key initiative in multifamily and also with our team here at Buyers Access. We believe that hybrid and electric vehicles are going to continue to become more integrated into mainstream America. This is especially true with the ground-breaking work being done in vehicle battery technology,” says Phil Bassett, President and CEO of Buyers Access.

To find out more about how you can benefit from being a Buyer Access member and access a national supplier network, please contact us at the phone number and/or website below.

About Buyers Access
Buyers Access is the nation’s leading Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry. We take an active role as your business partner and provide full service solutions to help your business maximize the value of your real estate. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties reduce their operating costs and become more efficient. Through the use of our operational expertise, properties have added millions of dollars to their real estate value. Celebrating 25 years, Buyers Access looks forward to meeting new challenges in the multifamily industry. For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169

Media Contact:
Michelle Potter
Director of Marketing
Office: 253.517.5540
Email: mpotter@buyersaccess.com




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Buyers Access Adds Service Professionals Cintas Corporation to National Supplier List

by Michelle N. on 4/5/2013 11:33:14 AM


 

Buyers Access, the leader in multifamily group purchasing, announces today the addition of a new national supplier, Cintas Corporation. Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. "We are very pleased to announce this new partnership with Buyers Access.  We see this as a true "win-win" agreement for both Buyers Access members and our Cintas locations throughout North America.  By partnering together, our 30,000 employee-partners can go to work on taking care of members' needs for many essential operating solutions including employee uniforms, tile and carpet deep cleaning, entrance mats, cleaning solutions, fire safety preparedness, first aid and safety products, and confidential-secure document destruction.  At Cintas, our job is to enhance our customers' images while helping them maintain a safe, clean and secure business,” says, Bill Carigan, Vice President of Strategic Markets, Cintas Corporation. Cintas is the recognized leader in uniform and common area logo’d floorcovering rental, purchase and laundering. “Adding them to our program makes complete sense to us and is long overdue. Our customers have been seeking a solution in this area. A little known fact about Cintas is that they have a full suite of products and services, ranging from fire protection to document management. We are very excited to pursue these opportunities with Cintas’ national team to benefit our members,” says Phil Bassett, President and CEO, Buyers Access.


To find out more about how you can benefit from being a Buyer Access member and access a national supplier network, please contact us at the phone number and/or website below.

About Buyers Access

Buyers Access is the nation’s leading Multifamily Group Purchasing and Cost Control specialist for the multifamily housing industry. We take an active role as your business partner and provide full service solutions to help your business maximize the value of your real estate. Since 1986, Buyers Access has helped thousands of properties reduce their operating costs and become more efficient. Through the use of our operational expertise, properties have added millions of dollars to their real estate value. Celebrating 28 years, Buyers Access looks forward to meeting new challenges in the multifamily industry. For more information, please contact Buyers Access at www.buyersaccess.com or call 1.800.445.9169

Media Contact:
Michelle Niemeyer
Director of Marketing
Office: 253.517.5540
Email: mniemeyer@buyersaccess.com




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Improve Vacancy Rent Loss with Buyers Access

by Michelle N. on 3/14/2013 1:53:37 PM


Time is Money:  Reduce Turnover Time & Resident Turnover – Increase NOI

A recent article in Multifamily Executive discussed lowering costs of unit turnovers.  These included staggering move-out dates throughout the month, reducing the use of subcontractors for certain tasks like painting, and increasing rental rates to offset the expense of new carpet.  The article makes the assumption that very little can be done to improve resident retention.  Let’s look at some specific actions that may assist in reducing turnover time, reducing expenses, increasing resident retention, and therefore, increasing NOI.

Implement a Preventive & Scheduled Maintenance Program
Create a regular maintenance schedule for all your units and buildings.  This will allow inspection and repair of units while they are still occupied, minimizing the work necessary at turn.  Properly maintained apartments have been shown to increase resident retention as well.  Remember to include building and systems maintenance such as roofs, HVAC, plumbing, and electric in the schedule. Your trusted vendors will typically assist with a number of these inspections as a value added service.

Standardize Supplies, Products & Vendors
Implementing standard paint, carpet/flooring, faucet, and fixture colors and grades for unit turns not only saves time, but money.  By standardizing products, your costs should decrease by buying in bulk. Consolidating vendors reduces costs associated with invoice processing, inconsistent pricing/discounts, and quality of work. Time = Money.

Consider the Value of Hiring Temporary Workers
During peak turnover seasons, hiring temporary workers (painters, handymen, etc.) may prove to be less costly than additional days of vacancy rent loss.  Do the math.  If your rent is $1000/month, each day vacant = $33.33 in lost rent. Five vacant units = $166.65 per day. If you can reduce the turnover time by just 3 days, you will improve vacancy rent loss by $499.95. Even the best maintenance team needs some assistance occasionally.

Be Realistic & Honest
Do you and/or anyone in your organization have the time to review, develop & implement these necessary steps?  Consider the real value of a reputable GPO (Group Purchasing Organization) like Buyers Access. By utilizing our Account Management, and Member Services Teams, one phone call can accomplish the majority of these time = money savings programs. Our average member realizes a NOI of over $50 per unit per year.  

To learn more about other cost/time reducing strategies and services that Buyers Access can offer, contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.         

Check out our Facebook page and or visit our website www.buyersaccess.com  
Buyers Access • 1777 South Harrison Street, Suite 300 • Denver, Colorado 80210
 Phone  800.445.9169 • Fax 303.991.5588 • www.buyersaccess.com




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Buyers Access Explains Your Total Cost of Ownership of Carpet

by Michelle N. on 3/14/2013 1:10:06 PM

When buying carpet for your property, it is important that you not only look at the initial expense but also the total cost of ownership (TCO). There are many factors involved in the cost of ownership that aren’t upfront.  For example, carpet can appear to be less expensive at first. However, on-going maintenance of the carpet can end up costing more money in the long run. It is important to work with a multifamily purchasing expert that can help walk you through what TCO really means. This will greatly affect how you purchase carpet for your property today and in the future. 

So let’s talk a little bit about the less visible costs of carpet ownership.

Carpet material: Some shelf pricing on carpet may or may not include the materials it takes to manufacture the carpet. However, selecting premium grade carpets factors the costs associated with manufacturing and for this reason material costs do not need to be considered separately.

Carpet form-factor: The way the carpet is cut will determine whether or not you are wasting material or not. Broadloom carpets come in rolls and need to be tailored cut which often leads to wasting good carpet material. On the other hand, carpet tiles come in pre-cut dimensions which leads to less carpet material waste during the installation process.

Fiber shape:


Although this may look like microscopic organisms, this graphic illustrates just how different carpet fibers can really be. It would benefit you to understand the differences of carpet fibers before you make a carpet investment. Another factor in the fiber would be the pile height. This is the measure of the carpet fiber above the backing. Take another look at the graphic and you will see the height differences between each. The greater the pile height, the more material used to make the carpet.  This can result in more frequent cleaning of the carpet as it absorbs more dirt.

Carpet life: Maintenance and usage of a carpet that gets heavier foot traffic will wear out quicker. Therefore, the life cycle is shorter and will cost more to maintain over time.  It is important to estimate the useful life of the carpet in order to calculate the annualized costs.

Carpet customization:
Keep in mind that asking for special cutting and or dying of carpet can be an extra fee and would be reflected in the final price.

Adhesives: A good question to ask your knowledgeable multifamily purchasing expert is what sort of adhesive is required for the carpet you just purchased. Some carpet requires the use of adhesive to affix them to the floor while other carpet can use tactile pads which are placed on the four corners of the tile. There are pros and cons to both, so having a purchasing expert to help you determine what to use and how to use it will add value to your purchase and ultimately decrease the TCO.

Stain protection: Some carpets have stain protection features such as Scotch Guard that affects the maintenance costs.

Recycling and disposing:  Some carpet vendors may have specific recycling requirements or take-back programs that will affect TCO. Some recycle only their own brand of carpet while others recycle based on the carpet material. What if the carpet you currently have at your property or want to purchase for your property does not meet the requirements for recycling? Do you repurpose the carpet, burn it to produce energy, or do you dump it in landfill? While disposing and replacing carpet are typically one-time costs, they can be substantial and affect TCO. 

Who knew that carpet purchasing could be so challenging? Well, it doesn’t have to be if you are a member of Buyers Access. We make sure that members invest in products that have life-cycle costs conducive to their budget. We help you focus on value of the product not just the initial upfront costs. If you are in the market to purchase carpet for your property do not hesitate to call the multifamily purchasing experts today to get a free consultation. Let us help you take those sometimes difficult or time-consuming purchasing tasks off your plate. 

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Buyers Access has been the apartment industry’s group purchasing expert since 1984!

Buyers Access • 1777 South Harrison Street, Suite 300 • Denver, Colorado 80210
Phone  800.445.9169 • Fax 303.991.5588 • www.buyersaccess.com




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Buyers Access the Cornucopia of Multifamily Group Purchasing

by Michelle N. on 3/14/2013 12:35:10 PM


Did you know that Buyers Access has a “Cornucopia” of purchasing services to offer you? If not, you should take a gander at some of the specialized services we can bring to the table. We can help you with product searches, bulk pricing, bid solicitation and contracting, price checks, product by product comparisons and more. We also make available to you property usage reports, management company reports, AVA reports, and member services reports to help manage how each property spends with our suppliers. Our team will also work with our suppliers to identify items most frequently purchased then help you prioritize and standardize your purchasing to promote uniformity across your portfolio. Whether you are an apartment property management company, apartment owner or an onsite property manager, cost effective and convenient purchasing for your property is a must have. If you aren’t already standardizing your purchasing from top national suppliers then you are missing out. We are ready to serve you up some quality purchasing services that will keep you coming back for more!

Call for a free consultation to learn more about how Buyers Access, the Multifamily Group Purchasing experts, can help increase your NOI!

 

Check out our Facebook page and or visit our website www.buyersaccess.com

Buyers Access has been the apartment industry’s group purchasing expert since 1984!


Buyers Access • 1777 South Harrison Street, Suite 300 • Denver, Colorado 80210
Phone  800.445.9169 • Fax 303.991.5588 • www.buyersaccess.com




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