Blue Link ERP Inventory Management Software


 

Blue Link is well suited for small to medium sized distributors in North America with company revenues of $1 million to $50 million, 6-100 employees, and a need for 6-50 concurrent users. The system is built on Windows as an integrated ERP, inventory management, and accounting software solution. This means the software is capable of handling the back-office needs as well as logistical and operational requirements.

Those who are best suited for Blue Link ERP software are companies that are looking for growth or seeking improvements to their “backend” operations. Highlights of the software includes the ability to track lot numbers and expiration dates of their products important to those in the food/beverage service, pharmaceutical, chemicals, and medical and equipment supply industries.

Blue Link ERP has a strong accounting component that includes features for in-house payroll, multi-language, multi-location, and multi-currency functionalities. Standard accounting modules such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, job costing and return merchandise authorization are also built into the software.

For tracking inventory, the software features core applications for order entry, purchasing and procurement, and inventory management. More advanced applications such as lot tracking and advanced landed cost allow for tighter inventory controls, tracking and traceability.

Blue Link allows companies the flexibility to choose between two deployment methods (on-premises and hosted/SaaS). Distributors have the ability to choose which deployment method best suits their business requirements. The hosted/SaaS deployment option is a monthly subscription whereas on-premises is an upfront investment.

 

Blue Link ERP - Individual information
 
  • Blue Link ERP - Individual information
    Individual information
  • Blue Link ERP - Sales order customer information
    Sales order customer information
  • Blue Link ERP - Sales order with inventory details
    Sales order with inventory details
  • Blue Link ERP - Sales order review
    Sales order review
  • Blue Link ERP - Warehouse shipping
    Warehouse shipping
  • Blue Link ERP - Purchase order - landed costs
    Purchase order - landed costs
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

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Paul from Bright Bean
Specialty: Books
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Gets the Job Done!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A
Pros

Once you get the handle of it, Blue Link is pretty intuitive to use. There is great flexibility in reporting and customer service is always on top of any issues and features we are looking to add.

Cons

The only limit is when you are on the hosted plan, the blue link instance can be a bit wonky, sometimes timing out, freezing, etc.

 
 

Connor from ElecDirect
Specialty: Electrical supplies
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Extremely Statisfied Business Owner

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Overall very satisfied customer of nearly 3 years now!

 
 

Keith from Welgo, LLC
Specialty: Pharmaceutical
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Using Bluelink has been a huge help in the pharmaceutical wholesale industry as it helps with track and trace as well as the financial accounting.

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Find a way to do Pedigree easier.

Pros

it encompasses inventory management seamlessly with financial accounting capabilities. Additionally, it helps me clearly see a snapshot of where each of our customers is and allows us to manage them appropriately.

Cons

On the Pedigree side and can be at times cumbersome to add in the additional vendors that the product came from.

 
 

Daniela from Kidcentral Supply
Specialty: Consumer packaged goods
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2017

March 2017

ERP of choice!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

We have been using BL for a number of years now. We have a quite integrated platform, connecting our inventory management, warehouse management, accounting, CRM, website platform, and EDI relationships. Working quite closely with the team at BL has been very enjoyable and progressive. BL has supported our business through new developments and custom coding as we have grown over the years.

Pros

All of our daily business activities are stored in once central place. We use multiple external services and they all work with BL. There has always been a team of people on BL side to help, support or customize any of our needs as we grow.
Remote Desktop connection allows us access to our system from anywhere in the world. Our data is stored on an external server, which keeps our business safe.

Cons

Visual appeal could be upgraded, and this update is coming soon according to BL.

 
 

Peter from Daneson Ltd.
Specialty: Food & beverage
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Just about the best and only option

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

If you're looking for an ERP what you're really looking for is a company to partner with and with Blue Link you're in luck. Blue Link is designed such that we have yet to find a something they cannot do. Add to this their excellent people and you have a winning recipe.

Pros

It does everything. The team is responsive and very capable.

Cons

Unless you yearn for a dated Window's user experience is tough to come up the learning curve on Blue Link. However, it's important to caveat that Blue Link would likely not be as customizable if it did have a slick UX. It takes a little time but once you understand Blue Links priority on functionality over form you'd likely not want to change anything.

 
 

Shielya from Glacier Glove
Specialty: Other goods
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Don't wait to change your software!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

From the moment I contacted BlueLink ERP the experience was professional, truthful, and fun! Michael Benedict, our initial contact, spoke with our team on numerous occasions to determine our EXACT needs, he wanted to make sure that everything we needed specifically was something that his team could do. There was never pressure for us to buy, and no false promises. The transition team took over after we made the decision to go with BlueLink ERP and that was another great experience. Most everything was done remotely prior to going live. Mike Miner came to our business for two weeks, we did one week of training, and went live the second week. I have been through numerous software changes and this was BY FAR the easiest, most efficient and painless transition that I have been through. It has been smooth sailing since and we love the system.

Pros

The A/R, A/P, G/L and the Bank Management modules are very user friendly. We are a small warehousing/manufacturing company and the inventory management/purchase order system was the main reason that we selected BlueLink and it has proven to be everything that we had hoped. Their Support Team is awesome and very prompt with responses.

Cons

We have a very complicated salesman commission structure with three levels, and there has been a little difficulty in processing commissions. However, this is a minor issue in relation to the "entire package". The package was customized for us and overall it works well.

Advice to Others

Contact BlueLinkERP. Before you do, make a complete list of what you need and want in a package. They will ask many, many questions to make sure that their software will work for your company. If it won't, they will tell you.

 
 

Lisa from Kirby Eades Gale Baker
Specialty: Other goods

January 2015

January 2015

Best Software/Company I have had the pleasure to work with!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

The product itself "out of the box" is a fabulous product, but what I like the most about Blue Link is their willingness and ability to customize the software to do what ever you want it to do!

Likes Least

This is tough. If I have to pick something, I would say the way it deals with voided cheques. You cannot date the new cheque prior to the original cheque date.

Recommendations

Don't be afraid to customize. Ask the question. They can do it!

 
 

Marcel from Nuovo Parts-Wiseworth Canada

June 2011

Date: June 2011

 
 
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May 2015

May 2015

Great software and support!

Product Quality

Product Quality
Quality

We were a small organization on the food industry when we implemented Blue Link Solutions early 2000's and the system accompanied our growth over the last 14 years. This is a great product for the small to medium size enterprise, as it can facilitate the needs of such an organization. It is very user friendly system and not difficult to understand even if you are a first time user. One of the things we like most about Solutions is the versatility and customizability of the product.

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Tahseen from Tex Star Bearings

July 2013

July 2013

Great ERP software for Industrial Products Company

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

After much research to find the right ERP system for our industrial products company we decided to switch to Blue Link Elite. One of the founders, Mark Canas was instrumental in our decision process. He did several demos to ensure that the software would meet all of our needs and also added some custom features so the system would fit our business model. The technical team led by Darren Myher helped ensure a seamless transition from Quick Books to Blue Link and while we had some small issues along the way (which is to be expected for such an undertaking) the team was always available for questions. I would highly recommend this software. We are using the hosted version and have not had any issues with connection or down time. And not having to host the server in house has enabled us to focus on growing our business instead of dealing with IT issues.

Source: Capterra
 

Marybeth from Classic Custom Products, Inc.

August 2012

August 2012

Changing Our Company

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

As a C.P.A. I highly recommend Blue Link. The smooth conversion of our old, outdated, part computerized, part manual system into a fully functioning system has been "easy". (compared to many other ERP implementations that I have been involved in.)The guidance and support we have received from you guys is unbelievable. The accounting functions of this system are solid, and not just an added after thought as I have found in other products on the market. Thank you for a great system.

Pros

The implementation process, because of Mike Miner was smooth and successful. Having him here on site was wonderful!! He not only learned our business thoroughly in two weeks, additionally he made suggestions and customized the system for us.

Cons

The only con I have found has been the time consuming manual entry of our massive product list. This is not a con of the Blue Link system, and we had tons of help from Mike, but we have so many product codes it is taking several weeks.

Source: Capterra
 

Wayne from Monarch Siding Centres Inc.

August 2011

August 2011

Former ACCPAC ERP 500 client

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

We have now had enough time with this software to get a full appreciation of it. We are very happy with our choice of Bluelink and know this will be the central application of our business operations for many years to come

Pros

There is a serious need for an ERP package to have enough flexibility to be customizable to a variety of business environments. Right out of the box Bluelink is so feature rich that most companies can get their needs met by this software package. But part of the beauty of Bluelink is their ability to fine tune the application for those who require unique situations addressed. Our particular situation had some major personal needs that were quite readily handled by the programming expertise of the Bluelink support staff. It was a refreshing change from our previous software company. The entire staff from the owner to the support staff are always pleasant and curtious to deal with. They are genuinely concerned that your experience with their application is satisfactory and positive.

Cons

The only sour note we had was the speed in handling some support issues. This was more or less I believe a manpower issue. When a surge of service requests come in it's sometimes a matter of setting priorties. But to Bluelink's credit they made every effort to rectify this upon us explaining our dilema.

Source: Capterra
 

Yvonne from Highland Evergreen Supply Ltd.

October 2010

October 2010

Highland

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

Just pass.

Pros

Easy to paste info on to excel.

Cons

Lack of report features unless spending a lot of money to creative useful reports.

Source: Capterra
 

Lisa from Kirby Eades Gale Baker

October 2010

October 2010

Great product and excellent support

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

I would definitely recommend Blue Link Elite software to anyone!

Pros

- Highly customizable to suit your companies needs
- Personal touch with support - basically a dedicated contact to deal with any issues who knows your business and your needs.
- Helpful knowledgeable staff

Cons

haven't found one yet

Source: Capterra
 

Mike from Southern Implants, Inc.

July 2010

July 2010

Chief Financial Officer

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

Very Positive
Would readily recommend

Pros

Very feature rich, excellent peformance, readily able to be modified for specific requirements
Philosophy of the company seems to be to work with customers to make the system do what the customer needs by thinking through where minor tweaks would work for the customer to meet a need
The system does not seem to be regarded as being closed to changes

Cons

The system forces compliance with certain basic rules for handling inventory and if the customer violates these then there can be minor problems requiring brief intervention
My view is that these restrictions are important - in previous software packages that I have used the inventory values and quantities became compromised through a lack of forced conformity
None have been seen as of yet

Source: Capterra
 

Bruce from Japan Auto Parts

July 2010

July 2010

Rating

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

Great product and wonderful support.

Pros

We have had great use out of the program and when we have had questions or concerns they have been quickly and effectively dealt with by the suppot team.

Cons

In our version reporting has been cumbersome

Source: Capterra
 

Patrick from Foundation Distributing Inc.

November 2008

November 2008

High a great value for money

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

High a great value for money

Pros

Very accommidating for custom - a real interst in understanding our business process. Sql based - easily scalable and easy to access data directlt.

Cons

project was ported from access to sql backend and current version we use (nwer version is available) has some old code not optimzied for sql causing some perdfromace issues

Source: Capterra
 

Arnold from D'Addario Canada

October 2008

October 2008

Does the job and hence we are satisfied with the product.

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

Does the job and hence we are satisfied with the product.

Pros

Able to custom if need be.

Cons

At this time cannot think of any.

Source: Capterra
 

Art from Middle Atlantic Canada

October 2008

October 2008

I recommend

Ease-of-use

Product Quality

Customer Support

Ease-of-use
Usability
Product Quality
Quality
Support

I recommend

Pros

Easy to train new staff.
It can be customized.

Cons

I have no cons

Source: Capterra