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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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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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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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Top 5 Considerations for Your Next Phone System


All businesses need a phone system, and today’s phone systems are based more on software than hardware. This guide has been prepared to outline the top considerations in selecting a phone system.

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Top Four Tips to Rapidly Implement and Generate ROI from a Warehouse Management System


Congratulations! Your business case was approved and now you’re starting to consider implementing a warehouse management system (WMS). While you probably overcame some challenges, the next steps will be even more difficult if you are not adequately prepared. Learn four tips that will help ensure your WMS implementation moves rapidly toward a successful “go-live”—and toward a quick return on investment (ROI).

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ASP Traffic Analysis! What Next - ASP Odometers?


WebTrends will begin offering an Application Service Provider (ASP) solution for web traffic analysis. The offering has options both for traditional traffic analysis and for commerce analysis. The product is also free to personal web sites.

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Vendor Spotlight: GMS Accounting and Financial Management System


In this spotlight report, TEC Research Analyst Aleksey Osintsev examines GMS Accounting and Financial Management System, which was specifically designed for not-for-profit organizations. Learn all about GMS’s customers and marketing positioning, and how the software addresses the challenges for not-for-profit accounting. Also featured is a high-level overview of GMS Accounting and Financial Management System functionality.

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Phone System Comparison Chart


This Phone System Comparison Chart compares over 74 phone systems by 34 brands for small to big businesses. This chart also compares private branch exchange (PBX) and business voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems to help you make an educated comparison of your options. This analysis is presented in an Excel spreadsheet so you can add information to suit your analysis and presentation needs.

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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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Magmic Is Game for NetSuite’s TribeHR HCM System


Game and mobile app developer Magmic recently deployed NetSuite's TribeHR human capital management (HCM) system to streamline its human resources (HR) management. The integrated cloud ERP and HCM solution manages Magmic's business and people processes, and provides visibility into business and HR performance, as well as a single system of record for employee information.

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The Quadstone System


Quadstone sells three products components within the Quadstone System: Decisionhouse, Transactionhouse, and Actionhouse. Decisionhouse is the flagship product—it combines customer data discovery with automated predictive modeling. Transactionhouse is used to gather data from various sources (relational databases, operational data stores, log, and flat files) into the Quadstone System and perform the necessary data transformations in order to create a single customer view. Actionhouse is used to allow the reuse of the results of the analytical process (selections, rules, models, scores) within operational enviornments such as marketing automation packages, call center systems or ecommerce systems.  

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Mastering the Management System


This article from Harvard Business Review describes the design and implementation of a system for strategic planning, operational execution, and feedback and learning. It also presents a range of tools that managers can apply at the different stages, and options for integrating them in a system that links the management of strategy and operations.

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