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Last updated: December 14, 2014

Top 10 Most Recommended Food Distribution Software Systems

 
Fishbowl Inventory Distribution Fishbowl Inventory contains the functionality to serve distributors, including cycle counting, asset management, customized reporting, and more. Ideal for companies looking to replace their current QuickBooks system.
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NetSuite Wholesale/Distribution Edition As NetSuite has grown, they’ve slowly branched out to industries such as food distribution. Because NetSuite is a SaaS solution, food distributors can monitor product status and location from any device with Internet access.
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Blue Link ERP Blue Link is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has been in wholesale applications for more than 20 years. Blue Link ERP has several inventory features like lot tracking and costing that are helpful to distributors.
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Aplicor 3C Aplicor 3C is a robust Distribution system that offers integrated tools for Warehouse Management, Customer Management, Accounting, and more. Since it's web-based, it doesn't require a large upfront investment.
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Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS) Geneva is a highly flexible distribution ERP system that is capable of serving most wholesale verticals. The software is built on the .NET platform, which makes it a user-friendly system.
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ADS Solutions - Accolent ERP Accolent ERP by ADS Solutions is cloud-based SaaS or on-premise distribution software. It’s a fully integrated suite that includes purchasing, inventory control, shipping and receiving, accounting capabilities and more.
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Entree NECS entrée is a specialty distribution package that caters specifically to this particular vertical. For over twenty years, entrée has been the go to choice for distributors looking for an integrated suite.
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Sage ERP X3 Sage ERP X3 supports a wide variety of distribution markets including the food distribution vertical. The integrated suite of applications includes functionality for web-based tracking of packages for easier shipment tracking.
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Exact Macola Exact is a very popular system among small and mid-sized distributors. Exact Macola supports common features useful to distributors such as catch weight management, delivery management and more.
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Infor ERP Distribution One of the largest vendors, Infor has over 5,700 customers. That being said, the specific needs of distributors are addressed with Infor’s ERP solution. We recommend users with sales over $20 million check out this system.
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Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Food Distribution Software?
Common Features of Food Distribution Software
Evaluating Food Distribution Software

What Is Food Distribution Software?

The wholesale food distribution industry presents a variety of unique challenges, particularly regarding transportation and storage requirements. Meat and poultry distributors face concerns that are entirely different from those encountered by produce or seafood distributors, and full-line foodservice distributors may face virtually all of those concerns. For this reason, individuals in the meat and poultry industry need to evaluate specialized meat distribution software while those in the produce industry need to evaluate production distribution software. 

Wholesale distribution software
for the industry helps reduce lead times, track pricing and develop more efficient route planning, thereby improving operations in warehousing and delivery processes for foodservice wholesalers.

Common Features of Food Distribution Software

Food distribution software is a specialized form of warehousing and transportation management system. Specific features include:

Order entry Order entry initiates the entire sales cycle, so the system should be able to store past customer orders and display them through sorting filters. This helps users review customer history and automatically prepare “standard orders” made by customers on a regular basis.
Catch weight management Since weight and quantities vary tremendously, a food distribution program needs the ability to track the weights of meat and produce throughout the delivery and distributor cycle and tie those to the ordering and accounting systems.
Inventory control A food inventory management system includes lot tracking, which can integrate with barcode scanning or radio frequency identification (RFID) implementations to note when and where certain items were delivered, which will be particularly useful during a recall.
Delivery management Delivery management modules offer intelligent routing procedures that result in faster delivery times. Distributors also need to incorporate special transportation requirements, including refrigeration and handling care.

As part of a broader enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, top food distribution software can also oversee the general ledger and accounts receivable, providing real-time reports of order entry, purchasing and pricing levels.

Evaluating Food Distribution Software

Like most industries, food distribution has been directly affected by globalization and economies of scale, not to mention environmental concerns. So although international exporting and importing in today's advanced systems is easier than it ever has been, a trend toward “locally sourced” operations has encouraged more organizations to shift into these arenas. Food distributor software provides businesses with the advanced functionality needed to manage the specific complications of international distributor networks—as well as more effectively reorganize through decentralization and the growth of regional food hubs.

Regional operations can particularly benefit from the ability of automated systems to help with increasingly complex tasks. Since these systems are expensive and the market is highly competitive, new products are seeking to capture business from smaller sources, offering specific functionality at more affordable prices.

Specific questions to ask when evaluating food distribution ERP software include:

  • Do you need an on-premise client/server deployment, or are you looking for a cloud deployment?
  • Will you need a system that offers reverse logistics for returns management?
  • Can the system manage the unique regulatory compliance for your particular market?
  • If your organization distributes to manufacturers, will the system provide the necessary kitting and assembly functionality?


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