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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.

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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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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

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Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part Two: Progress


ERP vendors are making their way into the retail market by bundling, acquiring point solutions or partnering strategically to embed retail-specific functions within their suites. Like in all other enterprise applications markets, eventually, albeit not any time soon, the retail market too will come to a showdown between the pure retail vendors and the enterprise application vendors (e.g., Oracle, SAP, Lawson, PeopleSoft, SSA Global, Geac, Intentia, etc.), which have been striving to natively embed more retail-specific capability into their products.

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abas Business Software


abas Business Software is an ERP and e-business application designed specifically for manufactures in assemble-to-order (ATO), make-to-order (MTO), and engineer-to-order (ETO) environments. The abas Business Software brand includes the following products: abas ERP for production abas Distribution for distribution, wholesale, and service companies the abas eB e-business solution New functions and technologies are added to the standard software with each new version. abas Business Software is currently offered in 28 languages and can be run on the Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms. ABAS has been a supporter of the open-source Linux operating system since 1995. Approximately 80 percent of over 2,300 abas installations are Linux-based. abas Business Software includes the following functionality: sales and sales order processing shipping purchasing and purchase order processing warehouse management scheduling logistics materials management materials resource planning (MRP) production and production planning and control (PPC) financial accounting fixed asset accounting cost accounting eBusiness

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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 9, 2012


SOFTWARE SELECTIONSInternational distributor of high-tech metals and alloys selects Epicor ERPIndustry tags: Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Warehousing "The relatively small but geographically extensive company Datum Alloys made its choice based on a few underlying premises: a need for multicurrency operations in conjunction with local accounting standards, high-quality analytical

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Down To Earth Business Software


Down To Earth Business Software is a comprehensive suite of integrated business applications designed to address the requirements of the general accounting, wholesale distribution, and light manufacturing industries for small and mid-sized companies. The company's products automate financial and operational processes.    

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Software Services


Espire provides software-consulting services to clients globally as a partner to conceptualize and realize technology-driven business transformation initiatives. The company leverages its global delivery model to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability. Espire's approach focuses primarily on new methods of conducting business, combining IT innovation and adoption while at the same time leveraging an organization's current IT assets.  

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Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part One: Software Requirements for Retail


Although the retail and wholesale customers have typically invested a low proportion of their total revenues in information technology, retail industry leaders have begun to demonstrate an ability to achieve market advantage through the effective use of specialized enterprise applications. As a result, the requirement for all retailers to increase their investment in IT and adopt best practices has thus grown.

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RTI Software


RTI Software, Inc. is a CRM software development company that furnishes out-of-the-box customer service, help desk, problem resolution, defect tracking, sales force, and marketing automation software to medium-sized businesses. The company gears its CRM business process functionality toward the software industry. RTI Software was founded in 1990 and operates from Illinois, USA.

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iScala ERP Software


Epicor’s iScala enterprise resource planning (ERP) software enables businesses to automate and manage their standard business processes, and includes an e-business infrastructure focusing on a fully integrated set of ledgers. Among the software’s many features are: multi-dimensional account structure, currency and ledger revaluation, continuous and periodic consolidation, cash flow forecasting, automatic payments with payment ledger integration.    

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Epicor Software Corp.: How Far From Being 'One-Stop' Shop?


Epicor Software has been striving to complete its evolution from a vendor of financial accounting software to a provider of holistic business performance solutions, including integrated front office, back office and e-business capabilities.

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