March 2016

The Parable Group Adds Covenant Group Member Stores To Inventory Program

Parable Essential Inventory - PEI

The Parable Group, the leader in collaborative data solutions for the Christian marketplace, announced today that Covenant Group stores have joined their Proven Essential Inventory program (PEI) which helps retailers improve productivity and profitability through careful inventory management. The Proven Essential Inventory program is the only core product program based on peer sell-through across all publishers.

“Our successful PEI program helps retailers know what backlist to buy. For years, this program has helped our partner stores stay in stock with the best backlist titles available, plus earn extra discounts through participating distributors,” said Erik Ernstrom, Manager of Business Intelligence for The Parable Group. “As the data collection hub and warehouse for CBA’s Cross:Scan, we’re now able to offer this program to all stores in the industry and we’re thrilled that Covenant Group jumped on board so quickly.”

“With PEI it’s easy for our stores to always see what’s selling most and what they need to keep in stock,” said Chuck Wallington, President of Covenant Group. “In addition, the ParableConnect platform offers our member stores other services to help make catalog implementation and the related stock monitoring even easier and more efficient.”

By analyzing nationwide sales, The Parable Group compiles the titles that have consistently proven themselves in stores. Retailers receive full access to online tools on ParableConnect for easy inventory comparison. With PEI, Christian retailers can quickly and easily monitor their inventory, increase sales and improve margin by earning extra discounts through participating distributors and publishers like NavPress, Harvest House, Moody Publishers, Crossway, Kregel Publications, Thomas Nelson, Baker Publishing Group, Howard Books, Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan.

Matt Mitzel from Rainbow Shop…A Parable Christian Store, who uses PEI for his store in Bismarck, North Dakota said, “PEI is so easy and crucial for me to always have core titles in stock. If you don’t have it in stock, you can’t sell it and you limit your ministry.”
PEI is free to Christian retailers who transfer to Cross:Scan and participate in The Parable Group full data program.

The Parable Group Certified As A Best Christian Workplace

Best Christian Workplaces - The Parable Group

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), a research-based organizational and human resources consulting firm, has announced that The Parable Group is Certified as a Best Christian Workplace for 2016.

The results of the BCWI survey ranked The Parable Group employees as having an exceptional level of staff engagement. BCWI describes staff engagement as the degree to which employees are emotionally and spiritually connected and committed to their organization and their role. The survey results also showed that 88 percent of the people working at The Parable Group rated The Parable Group as “an exceptional place to work” and 100 percent said “I am very satisfied with the opportunities I have to use my skills in my role.”

“We are truly honored by this distinction,” said Steve Potratz, President of The Parable Group.

“We have an exceptionally talented team and we aim to employ the best and brightest. As a company we try to place each individual in a position that best uses their talents and gifts. Our goal is to honor God in all we do—our employees excel in their jobs as they aim to help our partner stores, vendors and digital clients thrive.”

To achieve certification, organizations participate in BCWI’s employee engagement survey and meet predetermined standards of excellence. BCWI measures eight essential factors of a thriving, healthy culture: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy, and healthy communication. The Certified status reflects a “healthy-to-flourishing” culture, meeting predetermined standards of excellence for each of these eight factors.

Employees of The Parable Group answered questions measuring employee satisfaction in terms of organizational commitment, Christian witness, supervisory effectiveness, opportunities for personal growth and development, customer/supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communication, and fairness of pay and benefits. Additional open-ended questions provided an opportunity for managers to gain insight into what employees think and ways they might improve. Potratz added, “We are so thankful for the results of this survey while recognizing there are areas of improvement we will continue working on.”

Certified Best Christian Workplaces are global and represent all facets of ministries from churches, private schools, universities, parachurch missions, product and services, book publishers and radio stations.