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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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This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major nextgeneration technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions.

This SCM buyer’s guide features a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation and technology that are driving change.

The buyer’s guide further presents a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements, whether through enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, SCM suites, or best-of-breed solutions.

Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight customer successes and thought leadership about relevant SCM issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.

When you evaluate solutions, you need to perform due diligence to ensure that the solution you purchase will meet the specific needs of your organization. We invite you to use TEC Advisor, TEC’s software evaluation tool, to compare a select number of the vendors discussed in this guide, and perform your own detailed analysis of potential SCM solutions for your organization.



Table of Contents


Preface

About this Guide

Four Major Supply Chain Issues

Next-generation Supply Chain Technologies

Supply Chain Solution Capabilities

Top-tier ERP Vendors

Top-tier Supply Chain Suite Vendors

Best-of-breed Supply Chain Vendors


Drivers, Challenges, and Innovations in Wholesale Distribution

TEC Resources for Supply Chain Management

TEC Selection Project

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Casebook

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SAP Customer Success Story: Conair Improving Work Order Collaboration to Reduce Cost

SAP Customer Success Story: SCM Express Service From SAP Consulting Sets Up SAP APO for Delivery Date Accuracy

ToolsGroup Customer Success Story: Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical

Kinaxis Thought Leadership: S&OP for Business Orchestration—Four Capability Requirements for Making the Transformation


Vendor Directory


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Four Major Supply Chain Issues



We here at TEC are continually talking to clients about their supply chain needs and how they are using software, technology, and best practices to manage multiple forces and pressures in their supply chains and enhance their processing, manufacturing, and distribution operations. In the course of talking to end users, software and technology vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues and pressures specific to supply chain functioning.

For the TEC 2013 Supply Chain Buyer’s Guide, we chose to highlight four issues that we see as particularly prominent and having the greatest impact on the supply chain operations of our clients:

    1. The rise of the real-time supply chain

    2. The inexorable rise in supply chain complexity

    3. Risk management

    4. Logistics—everything is moving faster

The quickening pace of business events is bringing to the forefront once again, and perhaps more urgently than before, the need for a “real-time supply chain.” While this idea and concept has been talked about for some 10–15 years, the increasing pace of business—as evidenced by the explosion of information, the proliferating number of mobile devices, and the amazing increase in connectivity and “connectedness” in recent years—is highlighting the drawbacks of linear, sequential supply chain processes that were designed for another era.

Companies today are trying to cope with more complex multi-tiered networks, more products with shorter product life cycles, more compliance and governmental regulations, and often more competition. The solutions to supply chain complexity are often complex themselves. One of the aims of this guide is to help you examine the factors contributing to supply chain complexity and identify ways that you can use current tools and technologies to accelerate the supply chain cycle and thus better manage your business.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2013 Buyer’s Guide for Supply Chain Management.

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