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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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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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Best Practices in Creating a Strategic Finance Function


Many chief financial officers (CFOs) have started to take on new strategic roles. Their goals are to enforce stricter controls to ensure legal and regulatory compliance, offer strategic insights into the internal and external business environment, and connect the business strategy with daily operations through performance tracking. Learn more about the changing role of the CFO in today’s finance organization.

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ERP Systems Buyer’s Guide


The implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate business processes is a strategic investment. Buying the right system and choosing the best vendor for you are critical to a successful ERP implementation. As a decision maker, you need to quickly identify your ERP requirements, effectively communicate these needs to vendors, and successfully compare various product alternatives. Learn how.

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How One Distributor Played Wal-Mart's Distribution Game-And Won


As a supplier to Wal-Mart, appliance manufacturer Haier America was required to implement a radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging system. To satisfy this requirement and to keep costs to a minimum, Haier needed a solution that would seamlessly integrate with its current enterprise resource planning (ERP) application. That’s why it turned to a custom-designed modification package. But was it enough for Wal-Mart?

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Revel Systems, Inc.


Revel Systems is an award-winning iPad Point of Sale Solution for single location and multi-location businesses. The company was founded in 2010 in San Francisco, with the goal of changing the Point of Sale market. Founders Lisa Falzone and Chris Ciabarra developed a quick, intuitive, and secure iOS-based Point of Sale system by combining cloud-based technology and the mobility of the iPad.   Revel tailors every Point of Sale to each businesses’ specific needs and wants through a suite of features, including integrated payroll, inventory tracking, customer relationship management, and much more. With the introduction of the Revel Marketplace, Revel iPad POS users can integrate directly into third-party enhancements, including mobile payments, online ordering, gift or reward cards and advanced financial software suites.

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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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Plexus Systems


Formed as an independent company in 1995, Plexus System LLC develops manufacturing systems for a variety of industries. This privately held company is currently headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan (US). Plexus System solutions include barcoded inventory tracking and real-time traceability, mobile computing, and Internet-based communication systems.

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Informed Systems


Informed Systems, Inc. (ISI) located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, is a software consulting company that specializes in the value-added reselling of Microsoft Dynamics GP, QuickBooks Enterprise and QuickBase for small and mid-sized business. Our mission at ISI is to provide unparalleled support and superior implementation and training services to our customers.

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Top Phone Systems for Any Size of business


Top Phone Systems for Any Size of business Here s a guide to make buying a phone system for your business much easier.

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CRW Systems


CRW Systems, Inc. has been developing government software solutions to improve the way agencies do business. The TRAKiT e-government solution is our modular, integrated approach to local government software solutions.  Our software solutions are designed to make existing government workflow more agile, streamlined, cost-effective, and citizen-friendly. 

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