What is the role of ERP Role in Distribution?

2022-01-26

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software is increasingly prevalent in various types of industries today – and the distribution business is no exception!

A specialized ERP solution for distributors improves workflow visibility, thus simplifying management of their companies. It is a complete, efficient enterprise solution that helps business process optimization.

Distribution companies can manage all of their activities using a single software. All company information is collected in one location, which leads to increased productivity and profitability.

You can now perform tasks for a number of functions: supply chain management, order management, customer relationship management, purchasing and vendor management. ERP Distribution can also be used for financial management, inventory management and warehouse inventory management. This system alone can do the work of three other products: inventory management software, business management software and distribution software. As an essential tool for effective management and, consequently, for company growth, an ERP can also be of tremendous benefit to distribution companies.

 

EPICOR P21 – A PROFITABLE ERP SOLUTION FOR DISTRIBUTORS

Our partner, Epicor, offers an ERP specially designed to meet distributors’ needs: Epicor Prophet 21 (P21). This software solution comprises a unique, state-of-the-art business platform for managing orders, purchasing and warehousing. Epicor P21 can also be accessed from the Cloud.


“Our sales have increased by more than 60 percent in the seven years we’ve partnered with Epicor, and we plan to stay with them for many more—they’ve been a major part of our growth.”

Barry Reed, President | BR Supply

 

 

Epicor P21 is uniquely positioned to manage the requirements of many distribution companies, and has differentiated itself in a number of industries, including:

  • Electrical equipment 
  • Fasteners
  • Flooring and tiling
  • Plumbing
  • Hydraulic power
  • Industry
  • Maintenance and sanitation
  • Medical supplies
  • HVAC systems
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Paper and packaging
  • Oil

Prophet 21 warehouse management tools provide flexible, real-time efficiency and control, from receiving through to shipping.

Warehouses are the scene of tremendous activity, so efficient processes are essential to optimizing profitability and minimizing losses.

P21 enables supply chain optimization, along with improved financial control and standardized performance indicators.

 

DEALING WITH CONSTANTLY CHANGING LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES

ERP Distribution goes beyond inventory management – it uses predictive analytics to anticipate demand. Precise orders are placed, thus eliminating unnecessary expenses or inventory shortages. A configurable software is used to help maintain a customer-focused sales process, which means the solution can be customized to meet the company’s needs. This leads to improved customer service, which in turn helps build a loyal client base.

Companies that use ERP Distribution systems are able to provide service to their clients from anywhere, using any device (computer, tablet, smartphone). This option could translate to more sales closed, since clients’ needs can be met in a timely fashion. Tracking sales trends also helps build client loyalty.

Real-time ERP updates will minimize time waste and provide quick access to accurate information. The ERP software helps implement best business practices through faster access to information and all processes. The result: a more competitive company that can focus on its growth plan. 

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