The Best Distribution ERP Platforms of 2018

The Best Distribution ERP Platforms of 2018

The marketplace for Distribution Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms is maturing on a daily basis, getting more and more crowded with excellent software tools for a variety of use cases, verticals, deployment methods and budgets. Traditional ERP providers continue to offer Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities that have remained staples to the market since widespread adoption of ERP software began more than a decade ago. Disruptive newcomers and new customer trends are bringing new technologies to the table, however, so that organizations can take full advantage of data.

There are large providers we refer to as ‘mega-vendors’, like Infor, Oracle, SAP and Microsoft. There are also the lesser-known innovators with interesting products that play in niche areas, such as DDI System, Epicor Software, and Acumatica. In an attempt to assist you with what can become a daunting task of selecting the right product, these are the top-14 best Distribution ERP platforms for 2018.

If you find this helpful, be sure to check out our Distribution ERP Buyer’s Guide, which features key capabilities to look for before purchasing, steps to take before implementing the ERP tool, a comprehensive overview of the market, and full, one page profiles of the top distribution ERP vendors, including our “Bottom Line” analysis.

Acumatica Integrates DocuSign Into its Cloud ERP Platform Creating the Multi-Cloud World

Distribution Edition from Acumatica is a Cloud ERP solution that includes Sales Order Management, Advanced Inventory, Requisition Management, Purchase Order Management, Advanced Fulfillment, and Advanced Financials. It is fully integrated with Acumatica’s CRM, Manufacturing, Field Service, and Project Accounting for visibility across the entire organization. Acumatica ERP solutions deliver adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a unique all-inclusive user licensing model, enabling a complete, real time view of your business anytime, anywhere.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Blue Link ERP provides all-in-one Accounting Software & Inventory Management Software to small and medium-size businesses and is best suited for wholesalers and distributors. Blue Link provides advanced functionality available out-of-the-box plus various optional components. Blue Link ERP can also be completely customized to meet your unique business needs. The company’s distribution inventory software is perfect for small and medium companies in the wholesale distribution sector. Blue Link includes additional features for specific industries and can be completely customized to meet the unique needs of customers.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


DDI System offers Inform ERP, a fully-integrated, real-time system that ties every aspect of distributor operations into a seamless workflow. Inform harmonizes distribution operations using powerful tools designed to align daily tasks with new, opportunistic revenue sources and a focus on the customer first. Inform delivers industry specific solutions for distributors to succeed in today’s competitive landscape. Inform users benefit with a flexible solution that can operate from on-premise servers or cloud hosted environments, in-house or in-the-field.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Distribution One provides wholesale and distribution ERP software built by experts holding years of experience in inventory, technology, supply chain management, accounting, business management, sales, and everything in between. Distribution One’s solution has evolved to the all-inclusive 64-bit ERP solution: ERP-ONE+. The company’s entrepreneurial vision provides wholesalers and distributors with a feature-rich ERP solution that increases interconnectivity while reclaiming efficiency through the automation of core procedures.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Epicor provides ERP software built to meet the unique needs of distributors: Prophet 21 Distribution Software and Eclipse Distribution Software. With a half-century of distribution experience, Epicor helps distributors grow, thrive, and compete by streamlining important business processes and providing an overview of operations. Epicor offers solutions to meet the needs and demands of distributors within the following industries: Building Materials, Electrical, Janitorial, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Allied, Construction, Medical Supply, Petroleum, Consumer Goods, HVAC, Packaging, Plumbing, Fluid Power, Industrial and more.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Exact Software offers two complete Wholesale Distribution ERP solutions with fast implementation: Exact Globe and Exact Synergy. These solutions ensure companies with insight into inventory status, orders and returns. With features spanning from financial and warehouse management to project management and human resource management, Wholesale Distribution ERP from Exact Software allows companies to take their service management to the next level.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Infor Distribution ERP provides customers the freedom of choice with a wholesale and distribution solution deployable in the cloud or on-premise with additional features such as mobile applications to help increase response times and improve decision making. Trusted by 6,000+ distribution industry customers, Infor offers an intuitive, modern user experience that can be personalized to fit the needs of your business.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Intact Software is currently known for providing the flexible Intact IQ, their ERP solution directed towards small and medium-sized businesses. IQ for Wholesale and Distribution software gives users the ability to view all aspects of their business from one platform. The ERP solution brings together all the parts of the business to make sure companies can manage multi–branch, multi-warehouse and multi-jurisdiction all in one integrated platform. Intact iQ is designed to extend and scale with your business providing you with a future-proofed solution that will simplify & automate tasks, improve controls and enhance productivity to enable you and your team to operate at your best.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


NetSuite Wholesale Distribution ERP is designed to address the multinational and multi-company needs of a mid-market organization. NetSuite’s ERP for Wholesale Distribution offers a fully-integrated omnichannel suite of products that seamlessly connects all of your business operations.As one of the world’s most deployed cloud ERP solution, it provides proven financial management and ERP that easily integrates with your broader sales and service processes. NetSuite ERP equips you with the visibility you need to make better faster decisions.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Rootstock provides a Distribution Cloud ERP platform that provides robust features enabling distributors to cut costs, improve processes, and drive revenues. Whether it’s a small growing operation or large enterprise, Rootstock offers a solution for all sizes and supports the requirements of Ship from Stock, Configure/Kit to Order, pre-built kits and Special Order Distributors.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Sage provides ERP software directed to small and medium sized companies; helping them to make smarter business decisions. Sage’s distribution and wholesale ERP solutions consist of: Sage300 and Sage Business Cloud. With fully integrated distribution functionalities, Sage distribution software manages your entire operation faster and more efficiently. What’s more, ERP software from Sage allows you to manage finances, operations, and inventory in multiple languages and currencies, ideal for businesses with operations across several cities or countries.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


SAP provides businesses with its SAP S/4HANA next generation ERP software which provides strong functionality across a number of industries including manufacturing, services, retail, wholesale distribution, and more. Within S/4HANA, it offers applications covering customer relationship management, financials, human capital management, and product lifecycle management.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Business One Suite ERP software provides strong functionality across a number of industries including manufacturing, services, retail, wholesale distribution, and more. Within Business One Suite’s ERP suite, it offers applications covering customer relationship management, financials, human capital management, and product lifecycle management.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


SYSPRO offers industry frameworks designed to help you benefit from best practices, while minimizing the cost and time involved in ERP implementation. The company has particular expertise working with distributors in industries that have strict compliance regulations around consumer safety. Ranging from automotive parts, computer and electronics, food and beverage, industrial machinery and capital equipment, and consumer product goods, SYSPRO ERP software can help distributors process and deliver orders faster, increase inventory turnover, and improve profitability.

For an even deeper breakdown of each provider listed, consult our buyer’s guide.


Looking for more? Download our ERP buyers guide for free and compare the top-24 products available on the market with full page vendor profiles. The guide includes four key capabilities to look for in an ERP solution, plus five questions to ask yourself and five questions to ask the software provider before purchasing. It’s the perfect resource for anyone looking to find right ERP for their business/organization.

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Liz is a leading enterprise technology writer covering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Business Process Management (BPM) and Talent Management Suites (TMS) at Solutions Review. She writes to bridge the gap between consumer and technical expert to help readers understand what they're looking for. Liz attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Communications. You can reach her at equirk@solutionsreview.com
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