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Small to medium businesses (SMBs) like yours are the lifeblood of the economy. However, you may feel you need an operational boost—one that transforms your

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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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AccountMate Software An International Product No One Knew About Part Two: Applications, Competitive Analysis, and User Recommendations


AccountMate Software has been a player in the middle market for over twenty years. In the past several years it has been acquired by several global companies. Recently AccountMate's management has purchased the company and once again it is independent and able to chart its own course.

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Smaller Vendors Can Still Provide Relevant Business Systems Part One: Event Summary


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A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX


Lean manufacturing constructs have been incorporated into the Microsoft Dynamics AX package, enabling firms to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system. This primer covers the constructs for supporting many of the variations in lean practices.

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Great Plains ASP - Evolution, Revolution, Innovation


On September 18, 2000, Great Plains (Nasdaq: GPSI), announced the expansion of its Application Service Provider (ASP) initiative. Great Plains has evolved its ASP partner program to better meet the diverse needs of its ASP partners and their customers

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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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Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision


This is a reprint of the summary chapter from the book Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision by Dr. Scott Hamilton.

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Great Plains - Getting Greater and Less Plain


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Great Plains Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter


On December 16, Great Plains Software, Inc., a leading provider of fully integrated front office/back office e-business solutions for the mid-market, announced financial results for the fiscal quarter ended November 30, 1999. Great Plains reported record second quarter revenues of $47.4 million, a 49% increase over the same period last fiscal year. Revenues from the Great Plains platform products, Dynamics and eEnterprise, grew 54% to $45.8 million in the quarter.

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