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NetSuite logo
 
NetSuite is a Software-as-a-Service application suited for the needs of distributors of industrial materials. This integrated ERP, e-commerce and fulfillment suite is ideal for distributors looking for a web-based application.
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NetSuite is a Software-as-a-Service application suited for the needs of distributors of industrial materials. This integrated ERP, e-commerce and fulfillment suite is ideal for distributors looking for a web-based application.
 
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Industrial distributors looking for more functionality out of their QuickBooks accounting programs can upgrade to Fishbowl Inventory. Inventory management, demand planning, and point of sale capability included in this solution.
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Industrial distributors looking for more functionality out of their QuickBooks accounting programs can upgrade to Fishbowl Inventory. Inventory management, demand planning, and point of sale capability included in this solution.
 
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Epicor supports roughly 32 percent of the distributors listed in Industrial Distribution’s Big 50. Epicor can support industrial distributors of all sizes and includes purchasing & procurement, warehouse management and more.
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Epicor supports roughly 32 percent of the distributors listed in Industrial Distribution’s Big 50. Epicor can support industrial distributors of all sizes and includes purchasing & procurement, warehouse management and more.
 
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Deskera is an enterprise resource planning software formulated to run manufacturing operations. The system is suitable for companies manufacturing for a variety of industries. Textiles, automotive, distribution, metal processing, pharmaceuticals,... Read More
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Deskera is an enterprise resource planning software formulated to run manufacturing operations. The system is suitable for companies manufacturing for a variety of industries. Textiles, automotive, distribution, metal processing, pharmaceuticals,... Read More
 
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Accolent ERP by ADS Solutions is a comprehensive business management software developed specifically for distributors. It suits companies with either one location or multiple warehouses and branches, and as few as 3 or as many as 100+... Read More
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Accolent ERP by ADS Solutions is a comprehensive business management software developed specifically for distributors. It suits companies with either one location or multiple warehouses and branches, and as few as 3 or as many as 100+... Read More

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VersAccounts Small Business Cloud ERP logo
 
VersAccounts is a web-based accounting and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for growing small and midsized businesses looking to gain real-time financial and operational insights. This Cloud 2.0 system enables businesses... Read More
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VersAccounts is a web-based accounting and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for growing small and midsized businesses looking to gain real-time financial and operational insights. This Cloud 2.0 system enables businesses... Read More
 
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SYSPRO can support small to medium-sized distributors of a variety of vertical markets, including industrial distribution. Warehouse management, transportation management and business intelligence are part of an integrated suite.
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SYSPRO can support small to medium-sized distributors of a variety of vertical markets, including industrial distribution. Warehouse management, transportation management and business intelligence are part of an integrated suite.
 
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
 
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S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
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S2K Enterprise Management Software by VAI is a fully integrated ERP system designed to manage mid-sized and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical markets... Read More
 
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Decision Builder ERP Software is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that serves companies in the manufacturing, distribution, and service fields. Throughout the North American continent, Decision Builder has been installed... Read More
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Decision Builder ERP Software is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that serves companies in the manufacturing, distribution, and service fields. Throughout the North American continent, Decision Builder has been installed... Read More

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Distribution One has created ERP-ONE, a powerful solution for distributors and wholesalers. This solution can be implemented quickly, with minimal downtime and a dedicated support team.
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Distribution One has created ERP-ONE, a powerful solution for distributors and wholesalers. This solution can be implemented quickly, with minimal downtime and a dedicated support team.
 
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Exact Macola is designed for mid-sized distributors looking to add automation to their business. The system supports industrial distributors in a variety of segments such as automotive, agricultural and others.
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Exact Macola is designed for mid-sized distributors looking to add automation to their business. The system supports industrial distributors in a variety of segments such as automotive, agricultural and others.
 
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PathGuide Technologies delivers comprehensive warehouse management systems to optimize productivity and key processes across a distribution enterprise. Their flagship product, Latitude WMS, is engineered to embrace the system’s... Read More
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PathGuide Technologies delivers comprehensive warehouse management systems to optimize productivity and key processes across a distribution enterprise. Their flagship product, Latitude WMS, is engineered to embrace the system’s... Read More
 
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, as well as manage online sales... Read More
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, as well as manage online sales... Read More
 
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Blue Link ERP serves small to midsized industrial distribution operations. The system offers features for product aggregation, industrial product item codes as well as a point of sale system for walk-in buyers.
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Blue Link ERP serves small to midsized industrial distribution operations. The system offers features for product aggregation, industrial product item codes as well as a point of sale system for walk-in buyers.

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Red Rock WMS from 3PL Central is a cloud-based inventory management system for companies doing retail distribution, e-commerce fulfillment and manufacturing. Red Rock WMS can integrate with QuickBooks, manage multiple warehouses,... Read More
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Red Rock WMS from 3PL Central is a cloud-based inventory management system for companies doing retail distribution, e-commerce fulfillment and manufacturing. Red Rock WMS can integrate with QuickBooks, manage multiple warehouses,... Read More
 
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Foysonis WMS is warehouse management system for small to mid-sized warehouses interested in utilizing cloud computing technology to integrate with currently installed hardware. The iPad compatible Foysonis system can be applied to... Read More
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Foysonis WMS is warehouse management system for small to mid-sized warehouses interested in utilizing cloud computing technology to integrate with currently installed hardware. The iPad compatible Foysonis system can be applied to... Read More
 
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Lead Commerce is a full-featured, flexible, and customizable order management solution that offers a powerful suite of applications like Inventory Management, Merchandise Planning, and Customer Relationship Management. The solution... Read More
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Lead Commerce is a full-featured, flexible, and customizable order management solution that offers a powerful suite of applications like Inventory Management, Merchandise Planning, and Customer Relationship Management. The solution... Read More
 
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PomodoTech Inventory Management Software delivers a solution for managing the inventory coming in and out of  businesses. Scalable enough to work with small or large businesses, this solution offers the ability add modules to expand... Read More
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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is an integrated suite of distribution applications that can fit the needs of mid-market distributors. The system comes with inventory management, warehouse management, accounting and more.
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Buyer's Guide

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Industrial distributors deal with a diverse set of industrial products, ranging from valve fittings and piping to pumps and motors. This diversity creates order management, inventory tracking and transportation management challenges that must be tightly controlled to remain competitive. The right industrial distribution system will include strong inventory management and warehouse management capabilities to keep a distributor up to date on how much of each product is in stock and where the item is located in the warehouse. The system will also include e-commerce, order management and invoicing features that allow distributors to handle sales orders, and procurement/vendor management features for purchase orders.

Here's what we'll cover:

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

What Is Industrial Distribution Software?

Perhaps the most important thing to note about industrial distribution software is that this is not the name of a single software category, but rather a diverse group of software types used in different operational contexts by industrial distributors. These software types fall into the broad territory of supply chain management/ERP, including:

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Inventory management

Order management

Warehouse management

Transportation management

Procurement

Accounting/financial management

Customer relationship management

Together, these applications can handle nearly all of the back-office needs of an industrial distributor. That said, not all distributors will need every one of these applications. Those that do have two options:

  1. Buy applications on a standalone basis, and integrate as needed
  2. Buy a distribution ERP suite in which applications are already integrated out-of-the-box.

Distributors have specialized needs, and occasionally even a distribution ERP won’t offer all the features you need. If this is the case, consider investing in an ERP system along with one or two standalone systems (say, for warehouse management) and then integrating your standalone solutions with your ERP.

The following vendors offer distribution ERP systems:

NetSuite

Blue Link

SYSPRO

Epicor

Not all ERP systems are right for distributors. Many are intended for manufacturers and/or retailers, and these systems will be overkill (not to mention too expensive) for many distribution contexts. Distribution ERPs are more lightweight and offer flexible capabilities in the areas distributors need, which we’ll look at now.

Common Features of Industrial Distribution Software

We’ve seen that industrial distribution software is a rather loosely defined category, including most of the applications generally grouped under the heading of supply chain management software.

With that being said, there are three areas of supply chain management where “one-size-fits-all” solutions tend to fall short for distributors:

  1. Order management
  2. Inventory tracking
  3. Warehouse management

Distributors need to place purchase orders and receive sales orders, so the solution needs strong order management functionality.

Additionally, the order management system should integrate with the warehouse management system in order to bill for value-added services performed in the warehouse/distribution center, such as kitting, repackaging and light assembly. The warehouse management system itself also needs to be able to track these activities.

Indeed, distributors and logistics companies tend to describe the WMS module as the “weak link” in their ERP solutions. Finding a standalone WMS that fits with your portfolio of services as well as your inventory tracking requirements is the best workaround for this problem, as standalone WMS systems still outstrip modules in ERP systems in the range of functionality they offer.

Moreover, the top industrial distribution systems include the following industry-specific capabilities:

Nested lot codes/serial numbers Since many industrial distributors get involved in value-added services, such as light manufacturing, assembly, rentals and kitting, industrial distribution software allows for the tracking of nested lot numbers and serial numbers when component parts are combined in a kit or package.
Industrial product item codes Since industrial products can vary tremendously, the software supports pricing and tracking of a broad range of products. Examples include building materials, adhesives, heavy equipment, electrical supplies, plumbing/HVAC, janitorial/sanitation and medical. Generally, multiple product codes can be associated with a single product.
Bill of materials A bill of materials (BOM) is a list of the materials used in a product, including parts used in its sub-assemblies, sub-components etc. BOMs can have multiple levels, so they present specific costing and inventory tracking challenges for distributors.
Point-of-sale system Many industrial wholesalers take walk-up orders from contractors filling an order on their way to a job site. In this instance, your industrial distribution solution will need retail capabilities such as an integrated point of sale system as well as wholesale capabilities.
Vendor managed inventory/consignment inventory If you’re monitoring your customers’ inventory levels as a service, or if you’re selling stock on consignment, you’ll need special inventory tracking and order management features.

Additionally, as part of a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) system most programs will include accounting and business intelligence tools. Some also include customer relationship management features and HR functionality such as payroll.

Evaluating Industrial Distribution Software

The specific type of industrial products sold, sources of revenue and additional services will all play a major part in the evaluation of an industrial distribution software product. A company specializing in medical devices will want a system that supports that industry, while a company that serves multiple industries with service offerings and walk-in orders will need something much more all-encompassing and robust.

When selecting industrial distribution software, buyers should consider the following:

  • Do you require client/server deployment, also known as on-premise deployment, or are you looking for a Web-based, or cloud, solution?
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  • How many warehouses do you operate? Will you need to implement the software in more than one location?
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  • Do you need fron-counter capabilities to serve walk-in contractors filling orders on their way to the job site?
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  • Do you offer value-added services such as light manufacturing or kitting? If so, can the software support a bill of materials?
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  • Do you use QuickBooks, and if so, do you plan on keeping it? There are a number of inventory management solutions that integrate out-of-the-box with QuickBooks, so make sure to evaluate vendors like Fishbowl that have made a name for themselves with easy integrations.
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  • Is part of your business e-commerce? If so, your order management system will need to integrate with your online shopping baskets.

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