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

Buyers specializing in electrical goods distribution should evaluate Fishbowl Inventory for their inventory management and planning needs. Best serves small to mid-market distributors already familiar with QuickBooks. Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS)

Geneva’s served the wholesale distribution market since 1994 and is geared to small to mid-sized electrical distributors. Geneva hosts the solution, which means distributors can access the system from any Internet enabled device 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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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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OptiProERP

OptiProERP is a cloud and on-premise Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for small and midsize discrete manufacturers and distributors. Key features include supply chain management (SCM), purchasing, work orders, scheduling... Read more

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Columbus Distribution

Columbus Distribution is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning solution which caters to businesses in food, retail and manufacturing industries. The solution offers a mobility tool that helps sales and customer service teams to... Read more

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Latitude WMS

Latitude WMS is a warehouse management solution for retail and wholesale distributors of all sizes. Key features include cycle counting, performance metrics, picking, putaway, receiving and WMS training. Latitude WMS provides users... Read more

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Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management

Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management, formerly known as Sage X3, is an ERP software suite that includes integrated functionality for financial management, sales, customer service, distribution, inventory, and manufacturing, and... Read more

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Infoplus

Infoplus is an inventory management solution for small to midsize organizations in industries including consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, retail, pharmaceuticals and more. The system is offered primarily as a web-based... Read more

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ADS Solutions - Accolent ERP

Accolent ERP by ADS Solutions is a hybrid enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to businesses in the SMB market and helps them to integrate data and processes across departments and locations. Accolent ERP's key... Read more

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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 24, 2019

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?