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Fishbowl

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 manage...Read more

4.17 (731 reviews)

62 recommendations

NetSuite

With an integrated system that includes ERP, financials, commerce, inventory management, HR, PSA, supply chain management, CRM and more – NetSuite enables fast-growing businesses across all industries to work more effectively by a...Read more

4.10 (818 reviews)

59 recommendations

Focus X

Focus X is an all-inclusive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that helps you connect every aspect of your business operations. From production to supply chain, customer relationship management to inventory and human resour...Read more

3.55 (82 reviews)

33 recommendations

Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica Cloud ERP provides the best business management solution for transforming your company to thrive in the new digital economy. Through leading-edge technology, best-in-class business functionality, and customer-friendly ...Read more

4.44 (55 reviews)

26 recommendations

Agiliron

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

4.45 (32 reviews)

26 recommendations

Epicor for Distribution

Epicor for Distribution ERP solutions are designed to streamline processes and grow with your business. Key capabilities include inventory management, e-commerce capabilities, advanced analytics/business intelligence, financial m...Read more

3.92 (77 reviews)

23 recommendations

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Acctivate Inventory Management

Built for growing product-selling businesses using QuickBooks, Acctivate is a premium inventory management & multi-channel order fulfillment add-on that helps you focus on growth without operational limitations. Solve for QuickB...Read more

4.15 (109 reviews)

14 recommendations

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Zangerine

Wholesaler or distributor? Zangerine is built to simplify your inventory growth. Go live in 5 sessions. Control your whole business from BI, Purchasing, Inventory, E-commerce, CRM, Quotes, to Pick,Pack & Ship. Quickbooks integrate...Read more

5.00 (10 reviews)

12 recommendations

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ERP-ONE

ERP-ONE is Distribution One’s end-to-end distribution process ERP software solution for wholesalers and distributors. Featuring Cloud and On-Premise deployments, ERP-ONE supplies all the functionality required to automate distribu...Read more

4.55 (28 reviews)

9 recommendations

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Quickbase

Quickvase is a low-code application development platform that enables organizations to unite information, people, and workflows within distribution in a single, cloud-based platform. Unlike traditional software solutions, Quickvas...Read more

4.46 (241 reviews)

8 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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WinWeb

WinWeb is a Cloud based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite for small and midsize businesses in multiple industries including wholesale, retail, and health care. WinWeb’s ERP Suite can be accessed through any web browser and ...Read more

4.67 (6 reviews)

6 recommendations

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Accolent ERP

Packed with features and flexibly priced, browser-based Accolent ERP can be installed on-premises or hosted in the Cloud for distributors from 3 to 100+ users. ADS Solutions has 25+ years of experience. ...Read more

4.60 (5 reviews)

5 recommendations

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Aquilon ERP

Aquilon is an ERP program that supports SCM, manufacturing, distribution, and accounting functions. The program is suited for SMBs and can be used in the cloud or on local servers....Read more

4.61 (36 reviews)

4 recommendations

Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct is a provider of cloud-based financial management and accounting software. Sage Intacct's software solution is suitable for small to midsize accounting firms and can provide financial reporting and operational insight...Read more

4.19 (321 reviews)

3 recommendations

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Sage X3

Sage X3 is a powerful ERP software solution designed for midsized national and global manufacturers, distributors, and after-sales providers and can establish a foundation for your digital transformation. Sage X3 comes with indust...Read more

4.29 (50 reviews)

3 recommendations

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Blue Link ERP

Established in 1992, Blue Link offers a robust Wholesale/Distribution ERP system with powerful inventory management and accounting features including landed cost tracking, lot tracking and barcode scanning. ...Read more

4.18 (33 reviews)

3 recommendations

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, or...Read more

4.96 (25 reviews)

3 recommendations

Decision Builder

Decision Builder ERP Software, with installations for businesses in over 60 different vertical markets in North America, primarily serves the diverse business needs of manufacturing distribution, and service providers....Read more

4.00 (1 reviews)

3 recommendations

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S2K Enterprise

VAI’s is an independent software developer and the author of S2K Enterprise, an award winning cloud-based ERP solution utilized by customers operating across the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail, and service sectors, ...Read more

4.25 (8 reviews)

2 recommendations

R4 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 en...Read more

4.50 (4 reviews)

2 recommendations

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: May 23, 2022

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.