Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped many electrical supply distributors choose the right distribution software so they can manage warehouse operations and track inventory.

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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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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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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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FOCUS9

Focus is a cloud-based enterprise software suite that includes modular enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relations management (CRM) solutions. Users can also choose to use individual modules such as warehouse management... 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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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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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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Omnna ERP

Omnna is a cloud-based ERP that allows businesses of all sizes to manage processes for the supply chain lifecycle, point of sale, warehousing, customer relationship management and more. Omnna's complete B2B and B2C warehouse management... Read more

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Distribution One ERP-ONE+ - Distribution

ERP-ONE by Distribution One offers electrical distribution software, as either a web-based or an on-premise option. It supports both Mac and Windows systems and performs inventory and warehouse management functions. Read more

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Epicor Prophet 21

Epicor Prophet 21 is a cloud-based business management solution for distributors powered by Microsoft Azure designed to streamline the various distribution processes in today’s dynamic supply chain. Key capabilities include: inventory,... 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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Kechie

Kechie Distribution Management efficiently manages internal and external resources. Suited for businesses with $1M+ in revenue, the management tools provide control of replenishment, warehouse management, picking, packing, and shipping.... Read more

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AcctVantage ERP

AcctVantage ERP is an agile ERP solution that includes functions for accounting, warehouse management, CRM, supply chain management and business intelligence. The solution is developed for inventory-based manufacturers, wholesalers,... Read more

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eTurns

eTurns is a cloud-based inventory management solution that helps distributors and their customers automate inventory replenishment at the point-of-use (stockrooms, service trucks, etc.) using smartphones, scanners, RFID and IoT weight... Read more

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Bizowie Cloud ERP

Bizowie Cloud ERP is a web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution designed for mid-market manufacturers and distributors. Built on a true-cloud architecture, it combines a modern, user-friendly interface with a robust feature... Read more

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Acctivate

ACCTivate! is an ERP solution for distributors looking to extend their current QuickBooks accounting functionality. Includes Crystal Reporting as well as 100+ built-in reports for distributors to quickly identify issues. Read more

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aACE

aACE offers on-premise and cloud-based business management software for small and midsize businesses. Modules include accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), inventory management, order... 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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Royal 4 Enterprise

Royal4 is a solution that is adaptable enough to serve nearly any distribution vertical. Electrical distributors can make great use of their best-of-breed warehouse management solution and get other applications in the suite. Read more

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S2K Distribution Management Software

S2K Enterprise Management solution by VAI is a cloud-based, integrated ERP system designed to manage midsize and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 7, 2020

Electrical distribution software is software for distributors of electrical supplies for contractors. It’s not actually a unified software category, but instead refers to several supply chain management (SCM) applications that are used by all distributors, not just electrical distributors. However, there are certain vendors that offer applications tailored to the needs of electrical distributors. Additionally, the term “electrical distribution software” sometimes refers to special solutions for managing the distribution of power in a grid. We’ll take a look at what electrical distribution software is, how it differs from power management software and whether you need it. We’ll cover a number of important issues, including the following topics:

What Is Electrical Distribution Software?
Electrical Distribution Software vs. Power Management Software
Common Features of Electrical Distribution Software
Evaluating Electrical Distribution Software

What Is Electrical Distribution Software?

As we’ve explained, electrical distribution software is specifically used by distributors of electrical supplies. Electrical distribution software helps electrical distributors manage warehouse operations, accounting, purchasing and customer relationships. Managing these operations involves three separate kinds of supply chain management applications: warehouse management, order management and inventory management.

Warehouse management software is for managing warehouse operations, order management software is for generating invoices and tracking both purchase and sales orders and inventory management software is for tracking inventory movements. Electrical distributors may need just one of these applications, or they may need all three. Additionally, some distributors will need integrated accounting. If you have this requirement, you’ll either have to find an accounting program that integrates with the other applications you’re using or invest in an ERP system that includes an accounting module.

In the warehouse, distributors have to track a variety of supplies as small as fuse switches and as large as 10,000 foot reels of wire. Wholesale electrical distributors also purchase and sell in different units of measure. For instance, wiring is often bought by the reel and sold by the foot. Keeping track of the location, quantity and price of these items is difficult, so electrical distributors need an automated system to track their inventory and multiple pricing schemes. Moreover, they don’t just need an automated system (most distributors these days use automated inventory tracking, after all), but an automated system that can track inventory and warehouse operations such as slotting and picking in the requisite units of measure (e.g., feet) and automatically calculate invoices using these measures.

Electrical Distribution Software vs. Power Management Software

Like many names for B2B software categories, the term “electrical distribution software” is ambiguous. In addition to the meaning we’ve already covered, it also refers to software for analyzing, managing and optimizing the distribution of power within a power grid. Generally, this software category is used to design power networks and control expenses at complex campuses such as industrial plants. It falls into the broader category of energy management software, but offers a host of highly specialized features specifically for analyzing the workings of power grids and optimizing them via management of switching sequences etc.

For instance, the software is capable of complex network analysis and modeling that factors in connections between network components and the modes of operation of these components. Additionally, it has special data ingestion features for collecting data from sources like meters. Energy management goes beyond designing and managing power grids, and not all energy management solutions address the complex issues that power grids present.

If you need to manage the distribution of power within a grid, you can examine our listing of energy management solutions. The solutions on this page are supply chain management solutions for distributors of electrical supplies.

Common Features of Electrical Distribution Software

Electrical distribution software is designed to meet the unique needs of electrical supply distributors, simplifying the task of tracking inventory levels and pricing items using standard warehouse management system functionality, with the following specialty-specific features:

Reel tracking Reel tracking allows distributors to track the number of reels in stock as well as how many feet per real are available at a given moment, minimizing partial reel waste.
Price updating Pricing update features allow the distributor to continually adjust pricing levels according to changes in the market and special contract agreements.
Aggregation Since electrical distributors get involved in value-added services like assembly, kitting and bundling, electrical distribution software should aggregate component parts in a kit or package.
Lot tracking On large projects, contractors often want to order everything up front but receive the materials and pay for them as needed, rather than all at once. Lot tracking and billing features are designed to handle this order/delivery dichotomy, tracking the inventory by lot order as it comes in and goes out.
Front counter Many electrical wholesalers have a storefront where they can fill contractor orders on the spot as the contractors are on their way to a job site. In this instance, your electrical distribution software will need a retail point-of-sale system, as well as wholesale warehousing and invoicing capabilities.

In addition, most of the top systems will include accounting capabilities, including rebates, invoices and payroll, which combines to make a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Evaluating Electrical Distribution Software

There are dozens of different electrical distribution software programs, each having slightly different features and strengths. Before purchasing electrical distribution software, buyers should take the following points into consideration:

  • Are you looking for on-premise software or a Web-based system?
  • How many warehouses do you operate? Will you need to implement the software in more than one location?
  • Do you need front of counter capabilities to handle walk-in transactions from electrical contractors?
  • Do you need a stand alone warehouse management system, or are you looking for an integrated ERP system with accounting, inventory management, transportation management and customer management?