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Achieving Effective Inventory Management
In today’s competitive business environment, wholesale distributors face critical factors that directly affect customer satisfaction and profit margins. These

wholesale handbags  today's competitive business environment, wholesale distributors face critical factors that directly affect customer satisfaction and profit margins. These challenges include: Managing accurate warehouse inventory quantities Determining true profitability through costing methods Achieving optimal stock levels and return on investment Forecasting future demand and stock purchases Maintaining pricing policies that retain profitability These challenges, combined with customer demands for product

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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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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Wholesale Banking: Challenges in Automating Commercial Credit Risk Management


The challenges associated with commercial credit are complicated, but through automation, commercial credit risk management can be made straightforward and more efficient. IBM’s Business Analytics for commercial banking can help improve commercial lending operations, and, along with strong risk management practices and modernized operations, can create best practices for implementation and enhance overall operational effectiveness.

It’s essential that an automated system is transparent, helps with compliance, can serve multiple relationship types, and is able to use several criteria for risk assessment. A good system should take into consideration the complexities between customer, loan, and approval processes, and limit the need for multiple individual systems by way of a single user interface or tightly integrated systems.

In this white paper, read a detailed overview from IBM Business Analytics about the advantages and potential challenges of automation in five areas of interest, including complexity of the customer and credit granted, as well as continuous risk monitoring and how to improve overall relationship management. Get details on the management and analysis of commercial portfolios and related documents, business intelligence reporting, and defaults/recoveries management. Also provided is an extensive point-form information checklist, allowing you to self-check your own organization to determine what areas may need attention. Security issues for data protection are also addressed.

Creating infrastructure for your organization for best success begins with choosing the best technologies, and IBM Business Analytics can help, improving profitability and providing solutions that allow your business goals to be realized.

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Three Steps to Strategic Planning Excellence in Wholesale Distribution Companies


A strategic planning process is critical for distribution companies. Not unlike personal financial planning, distribution executives have to select the best investments needed now to create profitable growth in the future. If you fail to make the right commitments at the right time, you will miss opportunities and increase your risk. This paper outlines a set of core analytics customized for wholesaler distributors.

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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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Everest Advanced


Everest Advanced addresses the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in the wholesale, distribution, and retail industries by allowing them to manage and track their business operations on-line and off-line, from the storefront to the front- and back-office. The solution offers accounting, inventory management, sales, return materials authorizations (RMA), point-of-sale (POS), shipping and receiving, and customer relationship management (CRM) functionality.  

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TradeStone Software Delivers Omni-costing Capabilities


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Fort Worth Bolt & Tool Selects Epicor Wholesale Distribution ERP


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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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This paper examines the steel service center segment of the wholesale distribution industry as a case in point of the challenges facing distributors and the relief offered through supply chain software.

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Attenda's IT Service Management Platform: Attenda M.O. - An Overview


Businesses today demand that their information technology (IT) functions deliver certainty, confidence, and agility while improving efficiency. This white paper explains how Attenda provides a way for businesses to achieve their IT goals while avoiding the pitfalls of wholesale outsourcing or uncontrolled consumption of public cloud services.

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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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