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Streamlining for Success: The Lean Supply Chain
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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.

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

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The trade-off between best-of-breed functionality and ease of integration is no longer so simple. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software continues to expand, blurring the boundaries of core ERP functionality. The three essential factors to consider in ERP versus best-of-breed decisions are functionality, integration, and the ability to upgrade. Find out the questions you need to ask when considering an ERP extension.

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State of the MES Software Marketplace


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The Impact of Electronic Parts Catalogs on Parts Identification and Sales


Your customers, service technicians, and equipment maintainers need an intelligent cataloging solution to help them find the parts they’re looking for. The ever-increasing amount of technical content and parts information is making an electronic one-stop-shop tool essential. An electronic parts catalog can help your company attain two critical business goals—an increase in customer satisfaction and aftermarket parts sales.

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Inventory Control Is Perhaps the Most Powerful Tool You Have for Containing Your Warehousing Costs


Your company's success is not only dependent on sales, but also on your company's ability to say, "Yes we have that item in stock." The problem is, inventory control is usually an after thought.

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GlassCell Isofab: Integrating Processes to Improve Visibility and Control


GlassCell Isofab Inc. offers diverse products, from glass fiber to mineral fiber and sound-deadening metal, and operates eight distribution and manufacturing facilities in Canada. After a merger, the company decided to standardize and unify its business processes. See how this SAP® Business All-in-One solution helped GlassCell get an integrated view of the business and more easily scale and adapt to meet changing needs.

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Health eConnex: Processing In-house with Complete Remote Control


What do you do with a growing number of customers and not enough office space for workers? Health eConnex, a health care claims-processing service, found the solution in optical character recognition (OCR) for AnyDoc Software’s remote verification feature. Now employees telework, processing 75,000 claims a day with 99.5 percent accuracy. Learn how the solution helped make manual data entry a thing of the past.

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Identifying Critical Change Control Failure Points


There are key systems in every infrastructure where unapproved change can pose significant business risk. These guidelines show you how to properly categorize these systems in order to identify those that have risk characteristics. By learning how to identify critical change control failure points in your infrastructure, you reduce the threat of costly downtime, potential security breaches, and compliance weaknesses.

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Transportation Control and Transportation Optimize


Nulogx Transportation Control is an end-to-end third party logistics provider (3PL) solution that supports the activities necessary to manage and execute the full life cycle of the transportation process across multiple 3PL customers. From order management to financial settlement, transportation professionals can consolidate orders and optimize shipments throughout the transportation network. Transportation Optimize is designed to plan the best way to move high volumes of inbound and outbound shipments from one point to another. Transportation Optimize considers the entire shipment plan and applies all operational and physical constraints, leveraging its solving techniques to help decrease overall transportation cost  

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