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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.

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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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Overcoming Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory


For chemical companies, optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories are the keys to an efficient supply chain and smoother operations. They must also resolve the challenges posed by environmental regulations and the need for seamless data integration.

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Business Process Overview: Warehousing Solutions


Warehousing processes are critical for the success of a distribution business. These processes are highly visible to your customers, and have a direct impact on their opinion of your company. If you cannot get the goods to your customers in the most efficient way, you risk losing their business. Your warehousing and logistics operations must translate into reliability and service.

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Taking a Lesson from Big-box Retailers: The World's Distribution Pros


The proliferation of “big box” retail outlets across the suburban landscape has been part of the retail environment for more than a decade. As population target demographics have shifted away from urban centers into suburban areas, retail organizations have capitalized on this trend. This blog post will examine how retailers have adopted a business model that presents unique

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Bizagi BPM Suite 9.1 Business Process Management Product Certification Report


Bizagi BPM Suite 9.1 by Bizagi is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of business process management solutions in TEC's BPM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for this BPM product's highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth BPM analyst commentary.

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Sales Process Map


Today’s new technologies and tools are changing the sales process. Sales teams that incorporate social insights into the sales process are pulling ahead, while reps who stick with traditional methods are falling behind. This step-by-step guide helps you to reach prospects, qualify leads, and close deals. Download the guide and know what you need to do to close more deals faster and collaborate instantly on what matters.

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Process Manufacturing Software: A Primer


This article defines process manufacturing; discusses its formulation, packaging, and pricing issues; talks about interfaces; and provides cautions and caveats.

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Medical Distribution System


TSH's flagship product, the Master Distribution System (MDS), is a fully-integrated, easy-to-learn, enterprise software solution designed to operate in high-volume, order-intensive, service-oriented Medical Supply environments. A proven, mature and modern solution, MDS is robust, stable and customizable. MDS for Medical Distribution includes: all Medical Distribution Requirements rebates and Contract Management lot, Expiration Date and Serial Number Tracking DEA and ARCOS reporting Physician Order Templates EDI - Implementation of X.12 Standard fully Integrated E-Commerce Capability document Imaging multi Carrier Shipping Interface integrated Fax and E-mail Capability

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Infor Distribution SX.e


Infor ERP SX enterprise, a feature-rich solution with an easy to use interface, provides companies with more than 40 configurable modules from which to choose, including advanced order processing with contact and activity management, integrated eCommerce storefront and catalog capability and an extensive data warehouse reporting tool to monitor success. Some of the best known distributors in the world use SX.enterprise to manage complex products, improve inventory accuracy, manage demand forecasting, and simplify resource scheduling.  

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BPM Software Review: Skelta BPM V3.5 by Invensys for Business Process Management


This business process management (BPM) software review report examines the BPM software by Invensys and its support for BPM processes against known benchmarks. It assesses Skelta BPM V3.5 by Invensys for BPM functionality and reviews the product’s support capacity with a focus on:

  • Process Modeling
  • Security Management
  • Process Collaboration
  • Form Management
  • Workflow Portal
  • Monitoring and Management
  • Process Analytics
  • Process Technology

The report also contains an independent analyst’s review of the BPM software based on a demonstration provided by Ivensys. The review identifies the features of Skelta BPM V3.5 that distinguish it from other business process management solutions, including its business activity monitoring (BAM) tool, its flexible task performance system structure, and its script customization capabilities. Skelta BPM V3.5 also provides business management support through event organization features, development process cycles such as part availability, management approval, and workflow and transaction tracking tools. In this review, the analyst outlines the software provider’s implementation process, support model, and target user base.

Skelta BPM V3.5 achieved TEC certification status for its BPM software solution by completing TEC’s certification program, which includes a demonstration of the BPM software’s support for specific real-world business process and a detailed functional benchmarking analysis.

Based on a demonstration of Skelta BPM V3.5, a TEC analyst has assessed the BPM software’s features, evaluating the software against known industry benchmarks, to determine that Skelta BPM V3.5 is a strong talent acquisition system.

Download this software review report for product analysis and comparison, an in-depth analyst commentary, and to learn more about how Skelta BPM V3.5 can help businesses achieve their BPM objectives.

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