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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


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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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.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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Tokenization: A Cost-effective and Easy Path to Compliance and Data Protection


As companies work to meet regulatory requirements to protect personally identifiable information (PII) such as credit card numbers, one option to minimize the risk of loss is to replace sensitive data with a non-sensitive replacement value, or “token.” This white paper discusses how tokenization is implemented, its effectiveness in meeting regulatory requirements, and its impact on your IT systems and business processes.

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iPayment Selects CallidusCloud's Commissions and Sales Enablement


iPayment, Inc., a provider of the merchant services business (credit and debit card payment processing services), has selected CallidusCloud's Commissions and Sales Enablement solutions to transform sales performance within its sales partner channels in North America. Callidus Software Inc., doing business as CallidusCloud, is a provider of sales and marketing effectiveness software.

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MinePoint ERP for Microsoft Dynamics AX


MinePoint ERP is built on the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. Each module offers standard functionality made available from the Dynamics AX infrastructure, integrated with mining-specific features and functions. MinePoint ERP addresses the challenges of mining companies across the full mining life cycle: Exploration: cost control, tenement/permit reporting, multicompany/currency consolidations, remote access Mine construction: management of engineering and construction projects, procurement and approvals, recording of asset acquisition, workforce mobilization Mine operations: equipment management, enterprise asset management, resource management, workforce management, financial management, business intelligence. MinePoint ERP is successfully implemented for international mining companies—in mine sites and headquarters across the globe: Start-ups with MinePoint financials Midsize global miners with operations in multiple countries Large miners with remote, standalone sites requiring connection to centralized corporate systems Key performance indicator (KPI) reporting out of the box for an incumbent ERP solution or integrated with MinePoint ERP.

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Jada Management Systems


Jada Management Systems (JMS) is a business systems development company that offers module based systems at affordable rates to address your business needs. It supports your technical requirements remotely and on-site when necessary. New Internet technology allows the company to offer a variety of options to the customers, and its designs insures smooth running, low maintenance solutions that are built with the user in mind. The availability of the Internet and today's technologies affords JMS the ability to work with clients around the world. Avery Dennison, CCL Labels, Hub Labels, Labels Unlimited, and Maytag are just some of the companies that have benefited from JMS solutions and services.

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Discussing Leadership and Management with HCM Provider Lumesse’s Daniela Porr


TEC’s Raluca Druta spoke with Lumesse’s Daniela Porr, head of product management for the company’s talent management solution, about diversity and balance in leadership and management, and how these values have helped shape Lumesse’s offerings. Read on for an inside view from Porr’s experience with managers from Lumesse’s customer base.

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Multi-mode ADSL Heads for the Mountain


Copper Mountain debuts a Multi-mode Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) line card. This line card will deliver voice and data service simultaneously over a standard plain old telephone service (POTS) line.

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Cut-to-size/shape Industries


The specialized material resource planning module for cut-to-size/shape industries must be able to recognize when current demand cannot be satisfied by the in stock inventory due to dimensional issues, and include that unsatisfied demand in its reorder messages.

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Kinaxis’ Response Management Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance


In the supply chain software market Kinaxis faces stiff competition from the likes of SAP, Oracle, JDA, and Logility, among others, but with double-digit revenue growth for the past seven years the company is obviously doing something right. Supply chain analyst Bob Eastman brings us through Kinaxis' makeovers over the years to a look at the supply chain solution's architecture, then explores the company's innovation strategy as of late, including its pipeline of continual product updates and improvements and focus on its control tower and channel strategy.

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GRC Strategies: Finding the Right Balance of Business and IT


Increased regulatory requirements, the need for transparency, and the desire to better manage and mitigate risks together make governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) top of mind for both business and information technology (IT) executives. Business managers and IT security managers must work collaboratively to control access and authorization to guard against fraud and mistakes, while ensuring profitability and compliance.

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