Tell us about the inception of the company.
KEEPS was founded by Vernon “Ray” Branch in 1993. The company specialized in repair order analytics and training. In 2013, when my company Service Repair Solutions was sold, my sons and I partnered with Mr. Branch to help grow the business. Since that time, our customer base has grown from 400 dealerships to over 2,000.
Can you explain the feature set of your software and your consulting services?
Our Dynatron Software product is a SaaS solution that is accessible by any device through the internet. The solution interfaces with the dealership’s business system every day and captures all of their service sales transactions for labor and parts and feeds that into a database of over 288M repairs and services. Out of this database we provide automotive service and parts data analytics, business intelligence, and pricing optimization with our software. We are currently adding approximately seven million transactions to our database every month. The “secret sauce” is our main algorithm that takes the raw data, and transforms it into standardized structured data regardless of the data source, dealership and employee that created the transaction. One of the dealership’s most important customers is the auto manufacturer (OEM).
By strengthening the dealership parts and service business, we provide our customers with the “shipload of money” needed to fund the transformation of the technology, personnel, facilities and training needed for the dealership of the future
In addition to being able to analyze and compare jobs from transactions in the database, we supplement our local market intelligence through a “mystery shopping” program. This is called “Intelligent Service Pricing”. The dealership selects the specific competitors they are interested in monitoring and we provide pricing information across a range of services. The application then allows the pricing information to be easily translated into a “dare to compare” marketing piece as well as the analytics engine for the comparison pricing optimization.
There is also a consulting service offered with the data tool to be able to assist the dealership in interpreting the data and develop ongoing action plans. Our consulting staff works with our customers to understand their operation and determine opportunities Left On The Table (LOTT). We help our customers understand their profit gaps, develop plans to address those gaps, and work on the training of their staff to assist them in implementing their action plans. So our program is not just about providing information but about making meaningful business improvement.
What differentiates KEEPS from similar organizations and keeps you ahead of the competition?
Our mission is quite simple—it is to provide our customers with a “shipload of money” as a result of utilizing our products and services. The ability to generate significant results for our customers makes us different. The automotive business is going through a massive transformation that will affect the fundamental processes utilized within the industry. This will require an investment in technology, personnel, facilities and training that is unprecedented. Through utilization of our program we will strengthen that parts and service part of the business in order to provide the dealership with the capital needed for this transformation.
Can you provide a case study that highlights the benefits of your solution?
Earlier this year, we had a client who was not satisfied with the labor rate that they were receiving from their OEM for the warranty work they were performing. For the previous 5 years they had accepted an annual 3 percent cost of living increase without fully understanding their reimbursement options. We stepped in and conducted our analysis, and showed them that we would be able to increase their rate by 40 percent this year. We were able to handle that project for them, and they received the increase precisely as we had predicted - this translated into a $680,000 a year net profit improvement.
What does the future look like for KEEPS?
We are currently providing our services to just over 2,000 dealers in the U.S. and Canada. There are 20,000 dealers in this market. Our goal is to significantly increase our market penetration over the next few years. We are also focused on adding new products to our offering and increasing the number of products that our customers utilize. We will be unveiling our revamped product line at the NADA convention in San Francisco in January 2019.