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ToolsGroup provides supply chain planning and predictive demand analytics software that models the demand signal across multiple dimensions. ToolsGroup

wholesale 020  ToolsGroup customers include manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and retailers in a wide range of demand- and inventory-driven industries.

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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Fort Worth Bolt & Tool Selects Epicor Wholesale Distribution ERP


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NetSuite Develops Healthy Following among Natural Products Companies


NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce solutions, announced continued strong momentum in the vibrant natural products industry. NetSuite is providing companies in the natural products industry the business agility to rapidly launch new product lines and expand into new markets and sales channels, while curbing IT costs.

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of May 21st, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTED, IMPLEMENTED, AND PUT TO GOOD USEHorticultural tools distribution business goes live with Sage ERP X3 Industry tags: wholesale and retail trade "The 127-year-old company A.M. Leonard, which currently operates mostly via catalog and Internet commerce, selected Sage ERP X3 to replace its aged legacy system. The Sage product was chosen mainly because of its rich functionality and

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Qurius UK Ltd


Qurius UK markets, sells, installs and supports Microsoft Dynamics, specifically tailored for the Wholesale and Distribution Market, Recycling & Waste Management and Holiday Leisure Parks covering all operations for Local operating companies or Multi-nationals.

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Case Study: Wholesale Distribution and Sales Industry


The company is the leading producer and distributor of roast and ground coffee, in Romania. After entering the Romanian market in 1995, the company has already captured a market share of almost 50 percent. However, en route to this enviable position there were significant challenges to be overcome throughout its sales and marketing organization. Find out how a new business intelligence (BI) system helped.

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Nine Questions to Ask 360-system Vendors


Many organizations are searching for automated solutions to support their 360 initiatives. Fortunately, selecting vendors is a lot like making a new hire. You start by interviewing the most likely candidates from a pool of prospects. You drop the least promising to create a shortlist. Finally—by asking the right questions—you pick the best choice for your organization.

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CC&B for the Telecommunications Industry RFI/RFP Template


CC&B Core Requirements, Packages, Discounts, and Promotions, Mediation, Retail Rating and Billing, Billing for New Generation Services, Wholesale and Interconnect Billing, Customer Care, Provisioning and Activation, Accounts Receivable, Financial Systems, Reporting, Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment Services, Revenue Assurance, Multinational Requirements, Technical Requirements

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ChainDrive


ChainDrive is an integrated retail management system that helps provide users with end-to-end control over business processes and real-time, shared access to valuable data and analytical tools. The system's components leverage a centralized database, helping to improve the flow of information through organizations and empower users to make decisions that can result in streamlined operations, increased productivity, and ultimately a more profitable enterprise.ChainDrive combines industry best practices with functionality. Its infrastructure is designed to adapt to users' changing requirements while providing the necessities of managing business today, for both present and future endeavors. Modules cover point of sale, operations, integrated accounting, merchandising, product management, planning, warehouse, wholesale, and analytics. Multidev also provides the services and skills of retail industry experts dedicated to the successful implementation of ChainDrive, and a client-care team with customized training to ensure clients continued sucess and satisfaction with the product.

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Winning IT Strategies for Automotive Sales and Aftersales


The global automotive and wholesale distribution industry moves more than 50 million motor vehicles from factory floor to dealer to customer every year. Companies that operate in this market sector perform a difficult balancing act between the vehicle makers on the one side and the dealers and the consumers on the other. However by leveraging IT strategies, their goals are attainable.

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