The Top ERP Tools for Wholesale Distribution

The Top ERP Tools for Wholesale Distribution

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) refers to the systems and software packages used by organizations to manage day-to-day business activities, such as accounting, human resources, procurement, customer relationship management (CRM) and so forth. When they first came into the market, ERP systems were primarily designed for inventory management. Today however, these systems have evolved to encompass a lot of other back and front office operations.

The process of searching, evaluating, purchasing, and deploying an ERP solution is not as simple as it once was. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ERP software. Solutions today come in a variety of different flavors, each features a particular set of capabilities, strengths, and drawbacks. Choosing the right vendor and solution is a complicated process—one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities.

Companies in different industry verticals require different ERP capabilities, and will utilize these systems based on their business requirements. Wholesale distribution companies, for example, have unique needs that set them apart – such as control over manufacturing, inventory, or customer information. Others may place more importance on data access and reporting.

Here at Solutions Review, it’s our job to help simplify the process of searching and evaluating an ERP solution. To that end, we’ve created a variety of buyer resources and articles to speed the evaluation of distribution ERP solutions. In our Distribution ERP Buyer’s Guide, we offer readers a full ERP market overview. This includes company and product profiles and best use cases for the top-14 providers, ten questions for prospective ERP buyers, and our bottom line analysis.

Top ERP Tools for Wholesale Distribution

Acumatica

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.

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


Blue Link

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.

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


DDI System

Inform ERP, is 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.

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


Distribution One

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+. From order entry to accounts payable and interactive reporting, ERP-ONE+ software solution delivers transformational functionality to the processes that are critical to your business’ success.

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


Epicor

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. Prophet 21 is an end-to-end distribution management solution for industrial distributors, whereas Eclipse helps construction suppliers streamline business processes and thrive in a competitive marketplace.

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


Exact

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

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

Currently known for providing the flexible Intact IQ, Intact’s ERP solution is 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.

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


Rootstock Software

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

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.

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


SAP 

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.


VAI

VAI offers distribution ERP software with key capabilities such as inventory management, warehouse management, sales and forecasting, CRM and more. S2K Enterprise software from VAI offers mid-sized companies the advanced technology they require to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and grow.

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


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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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