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Crescent Electric Selects Epicor Wholesale Distribution ERP
Epicor software has announced that the Crescent Electric Company selected the Epicor Eclipse wholesale distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution

distribution electric software  Electric Selects Epicor Wholesale Distribution ERP Epicor software has announced that the Crescent Electric Company selected the Epicor Eclipse wholesale distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to “advance operations to the next level of excellence,” said Martin Burbridge, president and CEO of Crescent Electric. Crescent is replacing its legacy system with the Epicor Eclipse solution. What is interesting to note is that no details were released about competitive solutions reviewed

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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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TEC Industry Watch: Enterprise Software News for the Week of July 2, 2012


SOFWARE SELECTIONS AND IMPLEMENTATIONSD@K Engineering selects Aras Enterprise PLM software Industry tags: PLM, complex electromechanical products and equipment "This was a head-to-head win over Oracle’s incumbent Agile PLM solution. Aras was reportedly selected as a replacement for its openness (interconnectivity) and flexibility. Free and open source PLM software is becoming increasingly more

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Electric Utilities in Need of Software Vendors' Leadership!!!


Over the past couple of years, the electric utility industry has changed in terms of the different software solutions available. The old approach to addressing this industry’s needs was the “best-of-breed” approach, meaning that software vendors were creating solutions addressed to only one group or business unit within the company doing one specific task. Generation, Transmission, and

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A Quantitative Comparison of High Efficiency AC vs. DC Power Distribution for Data Centers


This paper presents a detailed quantitative efficiency comparison between the most efficient DC and AC power distribution methods, including an analysis of the effects of power distribution efficiency on the cooling power requirement and on total electrical consumption. The latest high efficiency AC and DC power distribution architectures are shown to have virtually the same efficiency, suggesting that a move to a DC-based architecture is unwarranted on the basis of efficiency.

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Global Software


Established in 1981, Global Software, Inc. is a privately owned company located in Raleigh, North Carolina (US). Their analytics suite, which includes Spreadsheet Server, Executive DASH, Cost Analyzer, and Budget Manager, is compatible with enterprise resource planning packages such as BPCS, Infinium, MOVEX, Oracle®, SAP®, Jack Henry, and J.D. Edwards, and runs on iSeries/AS/400, Oracle®, SQL Server, and Microsoft Access DB. With over over 1,000 customers and 3,500 installations worldwide, Global Software’s products are used in 39 countries. Global's European headquarters are in London, UK, and they have distributors in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, and Israel.

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Year in Review: Top Enterprise Software News and Trends for 2011


With 2011 just about under wraps, we asked our experts to weigh in on this year’s trends and enterprise software news-makers. Read this article to get their takes on 2011's biggest stories in the enterprise software industry, the year's hottest trends, and more. Log in to read now.

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What's Wrong With Application Software? Business Changes, Software Must Change with the Business.


Business changes constantly in small ways and large. It is rare to find an application product that can change once it is implemented. This gap is a reality leading to dissatisfaction and the application being a drag on the business. This gap, the lack of the ability to change, costs the business dearly. Software needs to be the agent of change, not the enemy of change.

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A3 Software


Wolters Kluwer is "The Professional's First Choice" for information, tools, and solutions that can help professionals make critical decisions more effectively and improve their productivity. Wolters Kluger Legal, Tax, and Regulatory offers a range of information software and services to law firms, accounting firms, corporations, and governments. Using the latest technologies, the company aims to ensure that its customers have the solutions they need, when they need them, and in the media best suited to their requirements. The company, with revenues of 3.4 billion Euros in 2007, is listed on Euronext Amsterdam as WLSNC.AS, stock code 39590, ISIN code NL0000395903, and is included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Other brands owned by the company include ASPI, IPSOA, Kluwer, Lamy, LA LEY, Luchterhand, Norstedts, Juridik, and Teleroute. Wolters Kluwer has headquarters in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), with operations in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

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Software Services


Espire provides software-consulting services to clients globally as a partner to conceptualize and realize technology-driven business transformation initiatives. The company leverages its global delivery model to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability. Espire's approach focuses primarily on new methods of conducting business, combining IT innovation and adoption while at the same time leveraging an organization's current IT assets.  

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Ultimate Software


Ultimate Software delivers cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions that help businesses personalize talent acquisition, simplify payroll computations, manage time and attendance, and support proactive, strategic talent management. Founded in 1990, Ultimate Software supports thousands of customers, representing diverse industries and managing millions of employees across the world. Ultimate Software operates with a commitment to always put people first. This philosophy is the underlying fabric for Ultimate’s corporate culture, its partnership with customers, and the strategy when designing its solutions. In 2014, Ultimate Software ranked 20th on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the Unites States—its third consecutive year on the list—and they were recognized as a ‘leader’ in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix 1H 2014. In 2013, Ultimate was awarded the highest rating by Constellation Research in its Cloud Buyer’s Bill of Rights Certification.

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