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Warehouse Management for Wholesale Distributors: The Adaptive Supply Chain Network
To meet the challenges of rapidly changing market dynamics, wholesale distribution companies must transform traditional linear supply chains and their

wholesale balloons  Management for Wholesale Distributors: The Adaptive Supply Chain Network To meet the challenges of rapidly changing market dynamics, wholesale distribution companies must transform traditional linear supply chains and their sequential processes into virtual communities or ecosystems—that is, into adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). Read about how warehouse management systems can help companies and their partners avoid supply chain problems.

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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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Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management


Wholesale distributors that pursue growth while neglecting supply chain effectiveness are putting their long-term survival at risk—usually for no good reason. Supply chains have gained complexity in recent years, but solutions for achieving supply chain management (SCM) effectiveness have become both more accessible and easier to deploy. Learn how these solutions can help your company overcome its SCM challenges.

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Wholesale and Retail Trade


Companies in the wholesale and retail trade industry face multiple micro- and macro-economic pressures, including unpredictable consumer behavior; fluctuations in demand; heavy competition; and local, national, and international regulatory compliance issues. These companies have also seen increases in business costs, ranging from transportation and delivery to the necessity of managing a large number of remote divisions.

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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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Getting a More Exact Picture of, Well, Exact Software Americas - Part 1


In the early and mid-2000s, I had a fairly close relationship with Exact Americas (at that time called Exact North America). As a result, there were two in-depth TEC article series on the vendor from 2004 and 2006. At the time of the first series, the avant-garde collaborative Exact e-Synergy platform was

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Giving Trade Companies Fast Time to Value


To succeed, wholesale distributors must respond quickly to customers’ expectations of high-quality, differentiated services. Good supplier relationships are crucial, too. Operational excellence and information transparency are key to keeping these important relationships running smoothly. Find out about solutions that can help you improve transparency and coordination, and also streamline inventory management.

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New-generation Software Addresses Wholesale Distribution Woes


All too often, fragmented IT landscapes make it difficult—and sometimes downright impossible—for wholesale distributors to improve processes, control costs, and create the efficiencies needed to succeed in a competitive industry. Nevertheless, enterprise technologies do have the potential to be powerful tools, quickly reacting to shifting market forces in a consolidating industry, and achieving operational excellence and solid growth.

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Prophet 21


Prophet 21 enterprise software solution for wholesale distribution, utilizes a Windows-based platform and a Structured Query Language (SQL) Server database. This technology gives Prophet 21the familiarity of other Windows programs and can shorten the learning curve for new users. Prophet 21 includes the following functionality: order management, which features one-screen quote and order entry, customer relationship management (CRM), and pricing and availability features; inventory management, which can help reduce inventory levels while improving customer service; warehouse management, which provides flexible real-time control, and is designed to help minimize inventory losses, decrease shipping errors, and increase profitability; purchasing, which automates processes from a centralized location in order to optimize buying power and inventory levels across multiple warehouses and stocking locations; financial management, which includes real-time general ledger capabilities as well as cash collections and accounts receivable processes; and reporting and analysis. In addition, Prophet 21 is fully compatible with Trading Partner Connect, which can help streamline the commerce process between distributors, manufacturers/suppliers, and end users. Prophet 21 can be implemented either on site or remotely via an application service provider (ASP) or a hardware hosting option.

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Mid-sized SCE Buys Small SCP: No Sure Bet on Short Term Profits


Leading supply chain execution (SCE) vendor, Manhattan Associates has recently announced its acquisition of Evant, a supply chain planning (SCP) company. Adjusting to a different type of supply chain application, gaining profitability, and maintaining high levels of customer care are some challenges facing the company.

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Sage 100 ERP Online


Sage 100 ERP Online (formerly Sage ERP MAS 90 Online) is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that offers a range of functionality for: Core accounting E-commerce Business intelligence (BI) Human resources (HR) and payroll Customer relationship management (CRM) Financial reporting Sage 100 ERP Online core accounting modules include accounts payable (AP), accounts receivable (AR), bank reconciliation, fixed asset accounting (FAS), general ledger (GL), and magnetic media reporting. Project management, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution functionality can help companies automate key processes related to inventory management, bill of materials (BOM), and job costing. Sage 100 ERP Online offers platform flexibility as well as three built-in report writers.

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WMS Helps Vehicle Distribution Company Improve Delivery


JM Family Enterprises knew there had to be a more efficient way to organize its picking, packing, and tracking systems. Because of the specific nature of its documents, it was vital they arrive at the correct dealership on time. In order to achieve continued growth, it would need an automated system. Since implementing a warehouse management system (WMS), the company has reduced its paper processing by 80 percent.

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