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The team at Jeff’s Small Engine pitches in wherever they are needed. From left: Jon Christensen, Andy Kruse, Jeff Kruse (owner), Dane Olson and Kyle Filip. Jeff Kruse says his team has been a huge part of his dealership’s success.


since 1998 to manage inventory and purchasing. He places his main parts orders in the spring based on the past year’s sales history and orders parts several times a week, sometimes get- ting multiple shipments a day. He uses PartSmart for online parts lookup software. Kruse says PartSmart is an investment for a dealership his


size, but it’s a tool he can’t do without. Kruse overhauled his parts storage about four years ago by installing six Stanley Vidmar parts cabinets. “We took half of our inventory and moved it into the cabinets. That’s been one of our greatest improvements,” he says. “Inventory control is a big issue. We’ve got a good system now for stor-


ing parts and knowing exactly where everything is.”


Kruse says the cabinets make grab- bing a part much quicker than rifl ing through a bin. One area that still could be improved is returns on parts that aren’t in demand. However, it’s just those uncommon parts that make him a dealer people can rely on.


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