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.
Daniela from Kidcentral Supply
Specialty: Consumer packaged goods
Employees number: 11-50 employees
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.
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.
Visual appeal could be upgraded, and this update is coming soon according to BL.
Peter from Daneson Ltd.
Specialty: Food & beverage
Employees number: 2-10 employees
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.
It does everything. The team is responsive and very capable.
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
Employees number: 2-10 employees
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Don't be afraid to customize. Ask the question. They can do it!
Marcel from Nuovo Parts-Wiseworth Canada
Date: June 2011