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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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Are You Considering Distribution Software?


Distribution organizations play a key role between the manufacturers and retailers. Being the middle organization between a manufacturer and a retailer, a distribution center (DC) needs to have a robust operation and accurate information for delivering products and services to its customers.In the past, DCs focused primarily on selecting a strategic location in order to be as close to

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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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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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Inconso WMS Suite


"As much standard as possible - only as much individuality as required." This is the guideline for the conception of inconso's software solutions. The inconsoWMS product suite covers solution requirements from modest manual warehouses up to complex distribution centers with high throughput and/or full automation levels. The full integration of any subsystem (such as radio data transmission [RF], barcoding, radio frequency identification [RFID], pick-by-voice, pick-by-light, material flow calculation, and weighing systems) is realized with standard connectors and permits a solution concept coordinated with the respective requirements. Complexity and throughput are the parameters that decide which product is used for what situation. The inconsoWMS Standard is conceived for manual or radio data transmission (RF)-led applications and is used in smaller and midsized distribution centers. These are typically so-called crossdocking and public warehouses, where several clients are dealt with in a single distribution center. The inconsoWMS eXtended solution is a standard solution for complex and high performance applications. It is mainly used in highly automated distribution centers and at logistics service providers in the area of dedicated warehouse systems.  

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Understanding Reverse Logistics in Field Service Management


This white paper defines reverse logistics as it relates to aftermarket service, describes how it differs from forward logistics, and then discusses the difficulties inherent in selecting and using enterprise software to facilitate reverse logistics and repair processes including warranty repair, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair and handling return material authorizations (RMAs) from distributors. Download the paper.

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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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How to Choose a Distribution System


Implementing the proper distribution system can be as important to your bottom line as expanding your warehouse or bringing on new product lines. After all, the right system provides immediate and long-term benefits that can impact your business processes across the board. That’s why it’s important to define business processes and objectives before you start the search for new software.

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Commsoft Technologies Fidelio (v.6) for ERP for Distribution Certification Report


The Commsoft Technologies product Fidelio is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for distribution in the ERP 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 product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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A Green Logistics Terminal


Up to 75 percent of a company’s carbon footprint comes from transport and logistics functions, in the context of goods storage and distribution. Today, logistics companies are going green not just out of goodwill or compliance requirements, but also because savings in carbon emissions from green initiatives directly translate into cost savings. Consequently, emissions management and reporting are important. Learn more.

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Manufacturing and Distribution Overview


Distribution and manufacturing solutions can help improve customer satisfaction, lower costs, and respond to the changing market. The MAS 500 distribution solution is a suite of modules that provides capabilities for tracking, managing, and replenishing. The MAS 500 manufacturing suite provides streamlined integration of routings and bills of material.

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