Distribution Software Buyer's Guide
The Best Distribution Software Is All About Streamlined Order Processing
By Lindsey Jenkins, Market Research Associate
Distribution software is used to ease and automate the distribution process from the time an order is made to the final shipping notification. It’s often a form of ERP software (Enterprise Resource Planning) that is bundled up with a wide range of automated features and data analysis tools such as accounting abilities, warehouse management and CRM technology. There are many distribution ERP software vendors and features to explore when you’re looking to make a software selection, so let’s examine some things you should note when you’re making your decision.
- Distribution software is a great option for streamlining your business and reducing human error. Many ERP distribution software options are integrated with a wide set of functionality with the end goal of increasing revenue and efficiency.
- In order to successfully implement a distribution solution, you should create a list of implementation goals that need to be met before, during and after the software purchasing process. These goals will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck in terms of the efficiency and capability of your software.
- Top distribution software solutions contain a wide variety of standard and unique features that are configurable and can be tailored to your company’s needs.
- When it’s time to select a distribution vendor, you should create a list of pivotal questions to ask them about their software’s features and how they align with your company’s specific needs.
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Benefits of Distribution Software and What It Does
Improved Inventory Turns
Distribution ERP software can remove the roadblocks that get in the way of increasing inventory turns. Inventory turns are defined as a measure of how many times inventory is sold or used during a specific period of time. If it’s slow, it means sales are not moving as fast as expected, and if the figure is above industry average, the products are selling quickly. Inventory turns have a direct impact on the return on assets (ROA) calculations that guide investment strategies. The best distribution ERP solutions integrate inventory turns analysis and financial reporting, therefore creating a single, unified view of overall company financial performance.
Reduction in Administrative and Operational Costs
Running a warehouse or distribution center is very expensive, from the insurance required to protect buildings and inventory to the costs of necessary tools such as conveyor systems that assist in basic operational functions. These costs are unique to distribution companies and therefore require a unique chart of accounts for tracking. Distribution management system software contains modules that are designed to organize administrative and operational costs into a framework that makes comparing them across locations and with common financial reporting systems easier. Because of these factors, it’s essential to get distribution software that supports administrative and operational cost assignment, calculation, reporting, analysis and aggregate reporting to company financial reporting statements.
Improvement in Complete and On-Time Shipments
Another one of the most valuable advantages of using distribution ERP software programs is the ability to track order fulfillment, inventory management and labor productivity. These three aspects have a direct influence over how many complete and on-time shipments are completed in a given period. When evaluating a distribution ERP system, you might wish to choose a program that includes support for on-time shipments, order fill rate, line fill rate and pick accuracy. Tracking inventory management is also necessary for keeping orders on time. The two key metrics needed in this area are inventory accuracy and space utilization. Labor productivity is another tool that helps improve complete and on-time shipment rates. This last tool may include receiving, put-away, replenishment, picking and shipping metrics.
Improvement in Internal Schedule Compliance
Adopting a distribution system can also help improve internal schedule compliance and quality levels. All distribution software programs support schedule compliance logic. The best distribution solutions on the market can track schedule compliance to overall financial performance by integrating with the general ledger (GL), accounts payable and accounts receivable parts of a financial reporting system. When evaluating ERP systems, check to make sure that they support customer reject rate, warranty or recall costs, OSHA-reportable incidents/year, and inventory shrinkage as a percent of total inventory.
These four metrics enable distribution and warehouse businesses to measure and improve internal schedule compliance. Many distribution businesses create detailed supplier compliance guides, which are increasingly delivered online and integrated with internal dashboards for tracking overall supplier performance. Monitoring supplier compliance is an excellent way to make sure delivery dates and locations are consistently met and costs are kept as low as possible.
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Before you buy distribution software, you should develop a set of goals and benchmarks to guide you throughout the decision-making process. By developing a list of implementation goals, you can avoid making common mistakes such as going over budget and purchasing software with minimal integration ability. We’ve created a few starter goals to keep in mind as you search for a distribution solution, but feel free to add more to your personal list.
Develop an appropriate budget
Before you begin talking to distribution software vendors, you should speak with your financial team and develop an appropriate budget for your distribution solution. ERP software for distributors can be expensive, especially when you start adding on extra features, so creating a detailed budget will help you know which programs you can afford and which bells and whistles you can add on to your new distribution program.
Make sure your solution integrates with current technology
Depending on the software that you currently use, you may wish to look for a distribution ERP solution that can be integrated with your current technology. For example, if there’s accounting software that you currently use and love, you may wish to integrate its features in your new distribution system. Make an inventory of all of the software programs that you currently use and a list of their essential functions. You will want to discuss this information with distribution companies.
Allocate IT resources
In order to ensure successful use and implementation of your ERP distribution management software, you will likely want to have your internal IT team properly trained on the new system. Most software companies have some sort of product support available, but it’s never a bad idea to have knowledgeable resources available internally. Look at your IT team’s project schedule and try to find a good time for them to be trained on the distribution program.
Measure the success of your software solution
After you deploy your new distribution solution, you should measure its efficacy. Speak with primary users of the software to learn if the solution is working effectively and what the pain points are. You can use this knowledge to amend your solution and, in a worst-case scenario, move on to a different distribution software provider.
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Basic Distribution Platform Features & Functionality
There are a large number of diverse features available from distribution software vendors, but there are some main attributes that are available as a standard from most of these companies. Specific measurement tools and nuances vary, but here are some of the main features of distribution planning software that you may wish to have in your solution.
|Distributed Order Management||
Receiving inbound orders across all sales channels and prioritizing which production centers to send them to is a must-have in any distribution ERP software. The ability to create a unified list of orders and prioritize them for fulfillment through advanced analytics is a state-of-the-art feature. Distribution software applications for small and mid-sized companies should provide order level detail, order status, quote-to-cash (QTC) workflows and analytics for tracking overall system performance. Distributed order management systems should also have the ability to track order status and history so that every transaction is auditable.
|Inventory Control And Management||
Managing inventory levels across a warehouse or an entire distribution network is an essential part of any distribution system. Inventory control and management modules may have reorder point calculations based on product order levels. Other features include order quantity, lead demand, stock cover and order accuracy analytics. All of these features are configurable for the specific needs of your company.
|Inventory And Order-Level Financial Reporting||
Procurement tracking, purchasing, supplier delivery performance, customer demand and pricing strategies affect how inventory is valued over time. Distribution ERP systems support inventory and order-level financial reporting tools that track how these factors determine the amount of inventory on-hand at any given time and how much it’s worth. This reporting is often designed to be scalable across multiple warehouses while still providing a single statement of all inventory levels and their financial value. Distribution ERP vendors are also integrating inventory and order-level financial reporting with various accounting tools to create a single, unified financial system for managing distribution operations.
|Warehouse And Distribution Reporting & Analytics||
This tool provides insight into the velocity of the most and least popular selling items. It also provides predictive insights as to which products will most likely sell out. The latest generation of reporting and analytics apps can predict out-of-stock conditions and also track potential supplier shortfalls based on previous shipment history.
|Integrated Asset Tracking Systems||
Many distribution software systems support barcoding management workflows as part of their integrated asset tracking systems. This tool provides a way to tag each inbound set into a distribution center. This is also an area where distribution ERP providers are investing heavily in new product development. As a result, it’s common to see radio frequency identification (RFID) and other forms of wireless tagging starting to be offered in distribution software.
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Best Distribution Product Features to Consider
We conducted research with hundreds of software owners and managers who were looking for the best distribution software and gained valuable insight into the software features that buyers want and why they want them. Below are some special features outside of the basic set that are frequently sought out.
|Forecasting and Demand Planning||
This tool can help companies develop forecasts to help make informed decisions about business functions. Some other aspects include the ability to view cross-functional demand across sales, marketing, product management and senior management. Product managers may prefer a distribution solution that contains support for product launch workflows, pricing, promotions, rebates and models that predict how their efforts will impact inventory levels and velocity. The best ERP for distribution companies provide access to real-time data and out-of-the-box reporting, all while supporting reporting with pre-built workflows.
|Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Expertise||
The foundation of many distribution-based businesses is based on queuing up a series of batch-driven transactions that are completed periodically. EDI is the most common approach to completing batch-oriented transactions between companies and is a must-have in any distribution ERP software. EDI is the system-to-system exchange of transaction reports and documents between buyers and sellers. EDI software will always be a standard in distribution businesses due to its proven accuracy and reliability. It’s common knowledge in the industry that EDI can easily reduce the order-to-cash cycle time by 20 percent or more. The same Forrester study that found the order-to-cycle time improvements also found that EDI can reduce transaction costs by 35 percent or more and reduces transaction errors by 40 percent or more.
A core feature to look for in the warehouse management system (WMS) of a distribution solution is the defining and managing of individual stock keeping units (SKUs) and automatic ID technologies (bar codes, RFID, EPC codes, etc.). Advanced distribution ERP programs also support multi-location analysis and the assignment of warehouse locations by type of asset. These advanced systems have the ability to track the type of storage used (pallet, case or container) along with any storage restrictions.
Analytics and reporting tools that can track and analyze expected labor productivity rates by function or activity (for example: shelf management and cases picked per hour) may also be present. Some distribution software options include analytics that can track inventory velocity and variety along with providing predictive analytics for balancing warehouse inventory mix.
|Distribution Requirements Planning||
Deciding which products to ship from a given warehouse in a specific quantity can be the difference between holding onto a customer or not. Distribution requirements planning (DRP) handles this logic and related coordination tasks. DRP systems can alleviate out-of-stock, sold out and allocation conditions through the use of advanced analytics and algorithms. Doing this process manually is fraught with potential errors. Automating it ensures that the data is integrated into the financial reporting systems, making for a complete series of financial statements every reporting period.
Some distribution solutions also have a table-driven structure that includes forecast demands, current inventory levels, target safety stock, recommended replenishment quantities and replenishment lead times.
Collaborative supply chains are based on a shared knowledge base that is defined partly by software and partly by process. The supply chain collaboration (SCC) feature in distribution systems is designed to share forecasts across a base of suppliers who are looking to create greater insights. This tool can also increase supply chain visibility and the accuracy, speed and competitive strength of supply networks. Through supplier collaboration, there is potential to reduce inventory levels and minimize the variations in supply and customer demand.
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Compare Distribution Software
There is a multitude of features available in sales and distribution software solutions, but not all of them may be suited to you. Create a list of some of the features that your company needs from its distribution system, and then check out our in-depth comparison report. Our analysts compiled this report to compare how different distribution ERP software vendors stack up in regards to product support and integration across various features.
Questions to Ask ERP Distribution Software Vendors
Could you provide an overview of your inventory control system with emphasis on how I can use your system to optimize inventory turns?
This is a basic requirement of any distribution program, so be sure to learn how well the inventory management system can handle the basic functions of tracking individual items and their relative value. A good demo will also include insights into how a given ERP distribution software solution will be able to optimize inventory turns over time. Ask to see the specific results and audit trail of how the solutions you are looking at have affected inventory turns through the logic and algorithms in the system.
Can you provide an example of how your distributed order management system works?
Because this is the foundation of many distribution systems, it should be one of the most well-defined and mature workflows shown in a demo. Ask to see how the application handles multiple locations and inventory management across multiple warehouses. Also ask to see how the distributed order management system knows which manufacturing or fulfillment center to choose based on all available factors.
How quickly can I onboard a new supplier and start to see their inbound delivery performance?
The best distribution software systems can onboard a new supplier in less than 10 minutes. If onboarding takes more than 30 minutes, it may be a red flag that the system has not been designed with onboarding in mind.
How can the sales, pricing, operations, product management and senior management teams make use of the ERP distribution software's reporting functions?
Ask to see the dashboard within the individual modules and across the entire distribution system from the perspective of each of the departments listed above. Each of these dashboards should be unique to the specific information needs of these audiences while also providing an overview of how financial performance impacts company profitability. The demo also needs to include steps for creating and maintaining the dashboard.
Will it grow with my business?
If you’re investing in ERP for distributors, you don’t want it to be obsolete in a year. Plan to implement software that will last at least 10 years. Your distribution solution should be scalable and capable of keeping up with the core aspects of your warehouse and distribution business. Discover the limitations on the scale and reporting capability of potential distribution systems so you can make an adequate decision about whether the software is right for you.
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Questions to Ask Yourself About Distribution Software
If you’re still not sure whether or not implementing a new ERP distribution solution is the right choice for your company, ask yourself the questions below. By examining current workflows, implemented software and pain points, you can more easily determine if distribution ERP software might be the best bet for your company.
What order management and inventory control and reporting workflows aren't being addressed by my current distribution software?
Order management and inventory control and reporting workflow tools are prevalent in ERP software for distribution companies. By identifying your company’s needs in these specific areas, you can determine what type of software solution may be the right choice for you. One helpful way to create a list of desired functions is to break them out into a list of needs and wants. Use this list to determine if your distribution needs align with the functionality of distribution ERP software and if some of the wants on your list can be implemented as well.
Can my existing distribution ERP system support quality management and compliance reporting company-wide or just in the quality department?
Depending on the needs of your business, you may wish for quality management and compliance reporting to be integrated company-wide as opposed to just in your quality department. Some distribution programs offer a company-wide solution, so if you’re looking for software that includes this feature, make sure to note that need and convey it to vendors when you’re making your software selection.
How much time does my company spend cleaning up incorrectly shipped orders?
Take a look at your pain points, such as the average amount of time spent every month fixing orders that were incorrectly shipped. Distribution software automates and facilitates many of these tasks that are prone to be disrupted by human error. Consider how much time and money you might be able to salvage by implementing a distribution program.
What workflows and production processes most differentiate my company and make it unique?
Every company works a bit differently. Take a look at what makes your workflows different from the status quo — this information will be important when speaking with distribution vendors. It’s essential to learn whether these unique processes will be efficiently supported by a software solution.
What are the five distribution processes that most need improvement in my business today?
Take a look at which of your company’s distribution processes could use the greatest improvement. Are these tasks that could be automated? Are there solutions available to ease the pain point of these tasks? Depending on your answers to these questions, you may decide that distribution software systems will effectively alleviate pain points.
Is inventory management and control automated or done manually?
Depending on whether your inventory management and control is automated or done manually, implementation of distribution software may be helpful to alleviating the strain of detailed data entry. Additionally, if the process is automated, you may be able to integrate your existing solution with distribution ERP software in order to create an all-in-one solution for your business.
What is the extent of my product tracking system today? Are you using bar codes or an electronic approach (RFID, NFC) to track inventory locations?
Many distribution programs contain intelligent tools for tracking products as they move through your distribution center. If you already are using barcodes or RFID tags to track inventory locations, implementation of these product tracking tools in your new distribution software could be relatively easy. If you aren’t using an electronic approach to track inventory location, you might wish to consider how adjusting to a new product tracking system would affect your business.
NetSuite ERP provides businesses in a wide variety of industries with the tools to automate and centralize processes across departments. This includes tasks such as financial management, distribution, CRM and supply chain management. This solution is cloud-based and is available whenever and wherever, as long as you have an internet connection. Additionally, this tool is customizable and has a relatively low cost of ownership due to its automated software maintenance. It provides real-time data insights across workflows and includes the option to build dashboards that are unique to your business.
Oracle ERP provides a single location to manage and look at business processes across an organization. It allows users to visualize real-time information using dashboards. It also contains advanced financial management tools to streamline workflows and improve revenue.Can be used to help ensure regulatory compliance with industry and government standards. It also allows users to keep track of projects that they are working on and to allocate resources. Can improve vendor negotiations and reduce communication issues through its centralization of information.
Infor Distribution is a solution that assists businesses in the management of processes such as inventory, finances, warehousing and purchasing. The tool is available through cloud-based deployment and specializes in helping enterprises centralize their workflows.All of the data from this solution is stored by AWS, making it especially secure. The tool is also highly integrative, and new functionalities are continually being offered — Infor adds more capabilities to the program every 30 days. The system is highly personalizable and allows users to track key metrics through dashboards and centralized notifications.
Odoo ERP, formerly OpenERP, is the #1 open-source ERP platform and integrated business app suite in the world. With Accounting, Manufacturing, Service, Inventory, Marketing, Retail, eCommerce and many more apps Odoo is winning over more traditional ‘big name’ competitors. As a trusted partner of Odoo, Vayam delivers top-notch consulting, service and support for your critical business projects.
Odoo offers more than 10,000 integrated business applications for website building, sales, business operations management and employee productivity. It’s available for deployment through the cloud or on-premises, and they offer implementation services. It’s suitable for businesses of all sizes and budgets. Its open-source model and strong technical foundation is developer-friendly and allows users to customize to meet their specific needs. With that being said, it's good for businesses that may have unique requirements. It’s fairly low cost of ownership and ability to centralize all business processes provides ample opportunity for reducing costs. Its integration capabilities allows the user to work from one centralized location, which ultimately can save an organization time.
SYSPRO is software that allows users to centralize workflows such as sales analysis, inventory management and supply chain management. It provides visualization of various tasks and enables users to glean actionable insights through personalized workspaces.This program is available for deployment on-premise, via the cloud or through a hybrid model, meaning that it’s accessible for a variety of companies with different business needs and workflows. It is integrated with new technological developments such as IoT, AI and ML, giving clients access to the latest developments in the software sector.
Acumatica enables users to centralize transactions and to view a company’s financial status in real-time. The program connects features such as the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and tax management to ensure that information is portrayed across all accounting aspects.This system is available for deployment both on-premise and in the cloud. It’s especially beneficial for businesses that are small- or medium-sized. The solution was purchased by EQT Partners, the owners of IFS AB, in June 2019. The vendors remain separate but share a chairman, resources and capabilities.
Epicor Prophet 21, powered by Microsoft Azure, is a business management system for distributors. It streamlines distribution processes and helps overcome modern distribution industry challenges. It is designed to grow with your business without making extensive modifications and is available as SaaS or on-premise deployment. It has numerous capabilities, such as CRM, sales order management, e-commerce, inventory management, product management and wireless warehouse management. Other functionalities include financial management, manufacturing and production management, rentals, VMI, service and maintenance, SCM, business intelligence and analytics and enterprise content management.
SAP Business One is designed to meet the needs of SMEs and subsidiaries of large enterprises. Businesses that adopt SAP Business One, very quickly see measurable benefits of using an integrated ERP application.
Kechie ERP is the leading cloud-based software that eliminates the cost of having traditional capital equipment expenditures such as in-house server. It is designed for quick implementation, easy training, and intuitive ease-of-use so you can put it to work solving your critical business management problems very quickly. Kechie is fully customizable, where our motto is, "Kechie adapts to you and your business, not the other way around."Helps streamline your business needs by automating and synchronizing your: supply chain, manufacturing, procurement, multi-warehouse management, CRM, finance, and sales order management all integrated together.
VeraCore is a web-based warehouse management and order fulfillment software designed for printers, fulfillment companies, marketing service providers and e-retailers. It enables users in end-to-end management of fulfillment processes starting from order capture to pick, pack and ship. It is designed for environments configured for disaster recovery and high availability. It integrates seamlessly with marketplace integrations like Amazon, Shopify, Ultracart, Volusion, Big Commerce, Magneto and Woocommerce, and integrators like Order Desk, DropStream, Cart Rover and SLS Commerce. It also integrates with carrier shipping system like UPS, FedEx, DHL, Endicia, Purolator and multi-carrier shipping systems like Pitney Bowes, Proship, Blu Jay, Malvern, Desktop Shipper, Shipstore, Logistyx Freight POP, ConnectShip. Other integrations include web to print Page DNA, Pageflex, XM Pie, Marcom Central and accounting modules like QuickBooks.
Rootstock combines various business elements such as finances, supply chain, distribution, production and customer relationship management into one centralized platform. Through this connectivity, the program can automate tasks, improve productivity and reduce human error. The platform is highly configurable and allows users to gain insights based on unique business requirements.The solution uses historical data to develop forecasts for inventory planning. It’s also mobile-friendly and available for deployment in the cloud, making it highly accessible to a range of users. The system is suitable for businesses of varying sizes and industries.
AACE is designed to provide users with the tools needed to run a SMB by combining the functionality of ERP software, CRM software and accounting software. Integrations for payment processing, sales tax, shipping, email marketing, calendar and e-commerce are available. Affordable and scalable, it’s ideal for growing businesses. Most users will see a ROI within their first year.
Infoplus is a cloud-based software solution built to consolidate and streamline inventory, order and shipping management for multiple warehouses and multiple clients using a single platform. Infoplus manages unique workflows for different lines of business, using customizable templates and automation to scale operations.
Microsoft Dynamics GP is a versatile solution that is well-suited for small and mid-sized companies seeking to connect supply chain workflows with tasks such as financial management and human resources management. The out-of-the-box program comes with a range of features, but users can also opt to add-on integrations with other tools or to implement advanced packages to further increase the functionality of the system.This solution can free up employee time to focus on other tasks through its automation of processes such as the generation of receivables, the creation of purchase orders and the direct deposit of employee pay to bank accounts. It’s available both on-site and as a cloud-based solution, meaning that it’s accessible to a variety of companies and users.
SkuVault is a cloud-based warehouse management software for small and medium sized omni-channel businesses specializing in eCommerce. SkuVault features warehouse and inventory management applications that include multi-warehouse inventory visibility, customizable catalogs, Hyper Picking, and product kitting to reduce the number of out of stocks, undersells, mis-picks and mis-ships.The inventory management software integrates with other eCommerce software solutions and marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, ShipStation, ShipWorks, Bigcommerce, Magento, Shopify and QuickBooks. SkuVault also features a quality control system that helps users ensure that orders are fulfilled correctly and is able to identify where an error occurred during the order fulfillment process. SkuVault is operating system agnostic and also offers mobile applications for Android, iOS and Windows phones.Additionally, SkuVault offers features like cycle counting, paperless wave picking, serialization, and Replenishment reports to improve warehouse operations and reduce human error.SkuVault is priced on a monthly or annual subscription with upfront launch package fees and potential integration cost depending on individual requirements. A dedicated customer service team including On-boarding Specialists is available for users five days a week in addition to community forums and support documentation.
xTuple is an operations management solution for small and mid-sized businesses. It gives managers visibility into processes and inventory. It drives sustainable profitability by driving efficiency across all operational tiers. It helps users eliminate redundant tasks, data and human error. It also automates accounts receivables and payables, analyzes costs and manages inventory. Its solutions are suitable for businesses in the biomed and pharmaceutical, electronics manufacturing, food processing, machinery and equipment and metal fabrication industries. It works with distributors and manufacturers in multiple industries and tiers of operational complexity.
ERP-One+, by Distribution One, offers a complete, cloud-based suite for managing the various business processes of wholesalers and distributors. It provides automation of some processes, access to custom reports and insights, connectivity and flexibility for ease of communication and much more. Built with industry best practices in mind, it aims to reduce inventory, offer a competitive edge and increase efficiency and profitability. Mobile applications and integrations with Amazon are available. Services for consulting, installation, training, data transfer and go-live and support are available as well.
Shipedge is a cloud-based fulfillment and distribution software platform that provides users with a comprehensive suite of solutions for warehouse and order management, shipping and more. It offers various modular, scalable and flexible inclusions to serve unique business needs. Users can manage workflows with real-time visibility into all after-sales activities. It integrates warehouses, suppliers, inventory sources, selling channels and accounting ERP systems into a single fulfillment command center. It is designed to help small and large-scale enterprises handle B2C and B2B e-commerce operations.
Abas ERP is a cloud or on-premise solution for small and mid-sized businesses across various industries. It is equipped with core functions and additional advanced functions, such as project management, advanced planning and scheduling, business process management, production planning and control, financials and accounting, and more. Users can leverage it to aid production, warehousing, purchasing, management, finance and service.
Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage ERP Accpac) assists businesses in managing their finance and bookkeeping needs. It has handy accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger accessories to ease routine processes. Companies with intricate corporate structures like multi-entities, franchises and companies with international subsidiaries seek out Sage 300cloud because its general ledger accessory has robust consolidation features and easily ciphers intercompany transfersIts application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) components make it an effective option. It can scale and extends its capabilities to customers in several industries.
Kuebix is a cloud-based product focused on optimizing supply chain and distribution efficiency by increasing visibility and employing analytics. Its modular platform can meet the requirements of simple or complex supply chains and scales with a business as it grows. Its multi-modal carrier network gives users numerous options to get their shipments to their destinations with trusted carriers.Users can cut costs and boost savings with easily requestable spot quotes and rate comparisons. It allows users to compare shipping options in one easy place without searching website by website. It also saves time on manual processes via automated audits and carrier matches.
Deacom is an end-to-end ERP with a range of business management capabilities designed specifically for global manufacturers and distributors within several industries. It is available as on-premise or cloud deployment and they offer implementation services. It comes with accounting and supply chain planning, as well as more specialized capabilities, including a WMS, e-commerce and direct store delivery.
ERPNext is an open source business system for organizations of any size in various industries. It’s good for growing businesses that have limited resources and would benefit from scalability and strong customization. It has all of the standard capabilities an organization could need, plus more advanced capabilities, such as a multilingual website builder that can manage content as well as e-commerce requirements. With built-in integrations available, users can sync with Google, Slack, PayPal, Shopify and more to fully centralize their business operations. It can be hosted on their servers or self-hosted by the user. It can deploy in the cloud or on-premises. It also has a mobile app, so users can access company data and complete tasks when they’re on-the-go.
Sage Business Cloud X3 allows its users to collect data from various workflows and use those insights to inform and streamline operations. Automation can be implemented between processes such as sales and financial management to reduce the manual time spent on data entry and tedious communication among departments. For example, with Sage, the sales team could give discounts on products and have them instantly reflected in the financial system upon receipt of payment. This tool is available as both an on-premise and a cloud-based solution. It isn’t catered towards a specific industry or business size, which makes it a potential option for a variety of businesses. Sage offers a range of software that can be integrated relatively easily with this program so that you can customize your solution based on your specific needs. External services can also be implemented through APIs.
SalesPad Cloud is a software solution that combines processes such as inventory management, CRM and reporting in a centralized location to optimize productivity and increase visibility. Integration with various third-party systems and a range of add-ons are available so that it can adhere to a company’s unique needs. Some of the add-ons offered include DataCollection, AutomationAgent, PayFabric, SalesPad Mobile, WebPortal and SalesPad EDI.Users can manage and create sales documents, track customer information and manage inventory and non-inventory items. Installation is available through the cloud or via on-site deployment, making it convenient for a range of businesses. The ability to manage and create receipts, purchase orders and assembly transactions is also included.
Macola provides business solutions to small and medium-sized distribution and manufacturing companies. It increases the accuracy and speed of managing a business and streamlines operations in complex manufacturing and distribution environments. It allows users to configure workspaces at user level without consultants or developers. It also streamlines processes such as workflows, automation and document management. It enhances how customers interact with the businesses, improving accuracy, speed and reliability. It offers access via mobile apps and the web, business intelligence, and automated workflows.
Kenandy Cloud ERP integrates front- and back-office business processes to streamline and automate workflows. The system is built on the Salesforce platform and is accessible through the cloud. It’s a suitable solution for businesses of all sizes and specializes in companies that have a heavy manufacturing element in day-to-day business.Some of the program’s main features include supply chain management, manufacturing management and distribution management. The solution also offers real-time visualization of data and the ability to generate customized reports based on business needs. The system can be implemented relatively quickly and contains automated features such as reconciliation and quote creation.
Infor M3 is a cloud-based ERP for medium and large global distributors, manufacturers and after-sales service providers. It helps them manage complex, mixed-mode value chains and distribution-intensive environments. It helps them provide exceptional user experiences, flexible implementation options and industry-relevant capabilities in a multi-country, multi-site and multi-company environment. Infor M3 helps organizations adapt to industry trends, business models and their business’s growth. It has deep capabilities in chemicals, distribution, equipment, fashion and food and beverage industries. It provides on-demand computing with industry-specific capabilities to provide customer service. It is deployed on Amazon Web Services, providing service at low costs with a secure environment. It is available in 23 languages and supports local requirements for 42 countries.
CBOS by CentralBOS is a cloud-based, all-in-one business management solution with features like inventory management, order management, field service management, financial management, payroll and CRM. It gives users a real-time view of all business operations. It is a robust inclusion for distributors, retailers and wholesalers. Its streamlined workflows let users implement it quickly and smoothly. It helps users eliminate data corruption and double data entry. Entries from departments come together in a central repository resulting in increased efficiency. Users also have fewer files to reconcile.
Deskera is a cloud-based all-in-one tool that handles accounting, payroll, CRM and more. It facilitates process automation to fit customer needs in businesses of all sizes and handle large customer bases. It is designed for industries like manufacturing, distribution, trading, building, engineering and construction. Apart from its headquarters in Singapore, it also has offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, USA and India. It has three major offerings: Books, Sales and People. Books helps users manage invoices, purchase orders, chart of accounts, custom fields, online collection and more. Sales helps users manage deal stages, roles, pipelines and dashboards, sales offer contracts and more. Finally, People lets managers run payroll and employees manage leaves, and submit claims.
For over 30 years, Chempax has been helping Chemical Process Manufacturers and Chemical Distributors cut costs, improve operational efficiency and make better decisions faster. Combining the latest technological innovations with our chemical industry expertise, Chempax address you unique requirements of your industry and offers total integration for the daily demands of your business with powerful functionality options. Chempax is seamlessly integrated allowing you to see rapid ROI without missing a beat.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly known as Microsoft Dynamics AX) is a highly integrated solution that’s fit for a variety of businesses. Its ability to easily connect to other Microsoft tools enhances its automation and integration features. Its supply chain management and financial management modules are sought after due to their visualization and customization capabilities.The overall centralization of business processes and data is optimized through the automation of tasks such as financial error tracking and predictive intelligence. As a cloud-based solution, this range of information is available to users using mobile devices on the production floor for real-time monitoring. This program has multi-site functionality, which makes it especially well-suited for enterprises. Support packages are included with a software subscription, and advanced training options are available through a diverse set of packages.
Iptor is an intuitive and adaptable cloud-based software suite that enables users to focus on their core business by handling their process outsourcing and managed services to better control IT infrastructure and processes. Iptor provides the ability to adapt business processes and predict the bottom-line effect of suggested changes. It enables distributors to optimize operations and deliver value to achieve profitable, long-term relationships with key clients.
Epicor Eclipse is a business system designed to manage and optimize the distribution process. It has numerous capabilities, such as CRM, job management, e-commerce solutions, financial management and mobile showrooms. Other functionalities include mobility, supply chain management, sales management, strategic pricing, business intelligence and analytics, API and wireless warehouse management.
NetSuite WMS solution enables organizations to optimally manage their distribution operations with RF device directed putaway and picking tasks driven by customized user defined strategies and advanced capabilities like wave management, cartonization, cycle count planning, real time stock updates and integration with shipping systems.
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