Distribution Software

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Fishbowl Inventory Distribution

Fishbowl is a hybrid manufacturing and warehouse management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order management,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 85 recommendations

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NetSuite

NetSuite is a provider of SaaS-based business solutions. NetSuite offers a web-based application for midsize wholesalers and distributors, offering a complete suite with features like ERP, inventory, e-commerce, accounting, fulfillment,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 69 recommendations

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Systum

Systum is a cloud-based distribution management solution for small to midsize businesses. Key features include marketing, customer relationship management, sales automation, e-commerce, inventory management and quoting and billing. Systum... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 51 recommendations

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Logiwa WMS

Logiwa WMS is a cloud-based warehouse management and order fulfillment solution built on a .NET framework. The solution supports disparate warehousing processes, separate product groups and the needs of different sectors within a single... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 36 recommendations

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Deskera ERP

Deskera ERP is a cloud-based enterprise business management suite that automates sales, billing, fulfillment, distribution (including pick, pack and ship process), sales commission calculations, purchasing, payment processing, product... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 21 recommendations

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Zangerine

Zangerine is a cloud-based distribution management solution for small to midsize e-commerce businesses. Key features include inventory management, order management, quotes, purchasing, customer relationship management (CRM), point... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 19 recommendations

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Agiliron Distribution

Agiliron cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution is designed to serve both in-store and mobile businesses as well as online sales channels. The system offers a host of features that work in tandem with the point-of-sale solution,... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 18 recommendations

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Versa Cloud ERP

The Versa Cloud ERP system by VersAccounts is the most modern and complete business software product available in the market for distributors, e-commerce companies, multi-channel retailers and light manufacturers seeking a single software... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations

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Entree

NECS entrée is an on-premise ERP solution designed explicitly for food distributors. It offers functionality for inventory management, truck routing, sales management and reporting, and is suitable for both full-line distributors,... Read more

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Odoo

Odoo is a fully integrated and customizable open-source suite of business applications including sales, CRM, project management, manufacturing, inventory, accounting and other business needs in one software solution. Odoo was designed... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations

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Skulocity

Skulocity is a cloud-based ERP system for manufacturing and distribution businesses. It offers functionality for warehouse management, inventory planning, manufacturing management, payroll, shipping management, and financial analytics. Skulocity’s... Read more

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Sage 100cloud

Sage 100cloud is an ERP platform for growing and medium-sized distributors and manufacturers. Financials, supply chain, reporting, analysis, and collaboration are all part of the mobile-ready solution.  Financial processes within... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations

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Distribution One ERP-ONE+ - Distribution

Sold as a single, complete solution, ERP-ONE by Distribution One was designed with a single focus - addressing the ERP needs of Wholesalers and Distributors. Chose between on-premise or web-based deployment; support is live. Read more

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WinWeb

WinWeb is a distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite for small and midsize businesses in industries such as retail, wholesale, manufacturing, franchising and health care. Cloud-based and on-premise deployments are available. The... Read more

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CBOS

CentralBOS is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to small and midsize businesses across various industry verticals and helps them to integrate their data and processes across locations and departments. CentralBOS... Read more

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Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations

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K9ERP

K9ERP is a cloud-based business management system that offers financials, inventory, distribution, accounting, document management, service contracts, CRM, POS and more. K9ERP provides businesses with a complete suite of financial... Read more

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Epicor Prophet 21

Epicor Prophet 21 is a business management solution designed distributors with capabilities such as: mobility, e-commerce, analytics/business intelligence, financial management, CRM, order management, pricing, purchasing, warehouse... Read more

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Infoplus

Infoplus WMS is a web-based warehouse management software solution for small to midsize 3PLs, eCommerce Retailers, and Wholesalers focused on taking control of overall inventory, warehouse operations and shipping.  Key features include... Read more

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Lead Commerce

Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read more

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Royal 4 Enterprise

Royal 4 Enterprise is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with built-in modules for distribution, manufacturing, planning, inventory management, reporting and company financials. It serves midsize to large enterprises... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 25, 2019

Distributors sit in the middle of the supply chain, providing a connection between manufacturers and, ultimately, consumers. Distribution software can help manage operations by tracking products and terms for multiple suppliers and multiple customers, including such diverse things as economic order quantities and cooperative advertising dollars, for both suppliers and customers.

There are nearly 100 different available wholesale distributor software vendors on the market. We wrote this buyer’s guide to help buyers better understand what to look for when assessing distribution software reviews in this market.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Distribution Software?
Common Features of Distribution Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
Recent Events You Should Know About

What Is Distribution Software?

Common functions of distribution software include:

  • Operations management
  • Accounting
  • Inventory management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Order management
  • Purchasing
  • Warehouse management
  • Front counter operations

Sales order in Fishbowl

Sales order in Fishbowl

While small operations can use generic accounting and inventory management systems, distributors and distribution centers (DCs) require the special functions available in distribution management systems.

Common Features of Distribution Software

Front counter operations Automates the point of sale if the distributor does pick up sales for wholesale or even retail. Functions include order processing, tax calculations and receipt printing. Interfaces with inventory and customer relationship systems. Example vendors include Microsoft, Counterpro and Activant.
Customer management Used to maintain customer contact information, preferences, reorder points and credit information. Functions include generating mailing lists, maintaining sales history and tracking co-op sales. Example vendors include SAP, Oracle and SugarCRM.
Order management Prepares bids, prepares quotes and processes customers orders. Functions include quote to order, preparing shipping information, creating return materials authorizations. Example vendors include SAP, NetSuite and Microsoft.
Purchasing & procurement Used to order inventory and track discounts offered. Functions include preparing purchase orders, tracking economic order quantities and preparing receiving reports. Example vendors include Gilliani, Geneva and Microsoft.
Inventory management Used to count, track, receive and locate parts and materials. Functions include tracking assets, processing advance notifications, tracking inventory value and tracking reorder points. Example vendors include Sage, Epicor and Oracle.
Warehouse management Tracks the quantity and stock of inventory items within the warehouse. Warehouse distribution management functions include slotting analysis, preparing pick information and location tracking. Examples vendors include Royal4, S2K, HighJump and Geneva.