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Rootstock to Expand into Distribution

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: November 5 2013

Rootstock Software, provider of cloud manufacturing and supply chain applications, has announced a suite of apps for distribution businesses to be delivered on the Salesforce Platform (the Force.com part). Rootstock developed this suite of applications as a new service for distributors, whether they are a small operation with as few as ten users or a large organization with many distribution centers and hundreds of users. The product is slated for release for general availability in December 2013.

Built as a native app on the Salesforce Platform, Rootstock’s distribution solution will include out-of-the-box integration with salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, FinancialForce.com’s mobile accessibility and finance and accounting apps, Salesforce Communities, Salesforce Chatter, and the platform's Workflow and Approval capabilities. Product/item master data, sales order management, auto creation of POs for direct ship items from vendor to customer, and Carrier Integration are only some of the upcoming distribution-related capabilities.

As seen at the recent TEC Vendor Challenge, the demarcation line between manufacturers and distributors is blurring, and Rootstock’s move is logical. Time will show how successful the cloud vendor will be competing with the likes of NetSuite, Acumatica, Epicor, Infor, and other well-established distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers.
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