ERP Software for Distributors
It’s an ever increasing challenge for those in the distribution industry to stay ahead of the competition. Tracking, managing and replenishing inventory and managing warehouse operations through the entire distribution cycle can be an overwhelming and costly task without proper management tools.
Distributors often find their entry-level software simply can’t handle their need for greater inventory control, sales management, and purchasing functionality. At some point, they push their entry-level software to the limit and either limp along with basic inventory and warehouse management features or they begin looking for a system to handle those needs.
While no two distributors are alike, even if they are in the same industry, there are commonalities between distributors in the way they manage their processes.
Common problems distributors experience as they grow:
- Orders are delayed because you don’t know exactly what’s in your warehouse – you lack accurate inventory knowledge, leaving you unaware of product quantity, location and when it needs replenished.
- Incorrect orders are making your customers unhappy – Order processing errors are causing the wrong product to ship to the wrong customer costing you money and lost customers.
- Manual processes are increasing overhead costs – you’re regularly expanding your workforce in order to fulfill increasing orders.
- You’re not able to predict buying and inventory cycles – you’re wasting money on unused parts and unsold products because you lack an accurate forecasting method.
- You don’t have an efficient way to collect and process online customer orders – online orders are not connected to your inventory or accounting systems wasting time, money and increasing order entry errors.
- You’re wasting time entering the same data in multiple systems – Once in the ordering and inventory system, another entry to transfer that info into the UPS or FedEx shipping software and often a third time to get shipment dates and tracking info back into the accounting software