Boosting Distributors’ Digital IQ

Through ERP Implementation, Continuous Improvement, Digital Process Transformation, and Marketing Automation

We Help Distributors Like You With The Following Challenges

ElevatIQ consultants have deep expertise in implementing ERP systems for several distribution sub-sectors. This specific expertise reduces your digital transformation project’s time and costs, as we don’t need training on your industry and business processes. We already understand particular processes for your micro-industry.

If you are running your processes manually or through disconnected systems, you will struggle to track your inventory, which results in inventory losses, missing opportunities due to product shortages, or meeting customer expectations with delivery.

If your processes are currently manual or use siloed systems, you will be spending a significant amount of time resolving discrepancies. You will plan based on inaccurate data, and the information can’t be real-time.

Without a global distribution ERP system that supports a multi-entity organization’s operations, your disconnected locations or warehouses might prevent you from getting a centralized view of your customers, vendors, and inventory.

If you are selling to a big retailer or an OEM, they will not work with you unless you have the capabilities to integrate with their systems. If your suppliers are equally larger, they might not do business with you if your processes are manual.

You may have been thinking of going direct to end customers and perhaps already developing an e-commerce channel. However, to provide the same service levels as your retailers, you need your e-commerce processes to be completely integrated with your distribution ERP system.

Warehouse efficiency drives the competitiveness of distributors. You need to implement efficient picking processes such as batch or ware picking, otherwise your customer lead time is likely to be higher. Without barcode readers, your manual methods will be highly slow and inefficient.

The disconnected and on-prem systems are likely to have lagged in receiving critical business information in the form of reports, and you need the help of your IT to get essential data.

Not all suppliers could be equally trustworthy. You need quality management processes while receiving the suppliers’ products to take appropriate corrective action for the material. These manual quality processes will slow down your procurement processes and may lead to financial losses.

With the rise of trends such as vending machines on the shop floors and retail locations, your manufacturer and retailer customers would want you to provide inventory in the JIT fashion on their premises without locking their cash. Managing a large number of vending machines is hard without an integrated ERP system.

Suppose you don’t have a distribution ERP system that supports advanced distribution processes such as Dropshipping, Consignment Warehouses, and Cross Docking. In that case, you will need to stock inventory levels unnecessarily, which will result in locked up cash in your inventory.

Distributors Enjoy These Benefits Through Us

Through our digital initiatives, distributors take advantage of several benefits resulting in financial gains of higher net new sales, retention of existing customers, and higher profit margin.

By connecting all your processes and streamlining them in one system, you can predictably commit and deliver to your customers. Without manual intervention, your customers will receive consistent experience through automated processes.

A modern distribution ERP system will provide you the end-to-end traceability, whether you need a consolidated view of your sales or operations or debug a KPI through the process. You may need this traceability for your internal tracking or regulatory bodies.

By eliminating manual and inefficient processes, you can lower the costs to produce your products, which will help you with reduced product costs, higher profit margin, and increased sales.

Through a modern distribution ERP system, you can plan your inventory and production better, which will help you plan your cash flow better. A distribution ERP system will also ensure due notices to your customers to collect your revenues timely.

By eliminating manual and inefficient processes, you can lower the costs to produce your products, which will help you with reduced product costs, higher profit margins, and increased sales.

Enabling lean processes is nearly impossible unless you have a distribution ERP system that can support lean processes that you desire to reduce excessive stock levels and optimizing the supply chain processes.

Best ERP for Distribution

While there are several ERP systems robust in their capabilities, distribution companies need specialized distribution ERP specially designed for distributors considering their specific business processes.

Acumatica Cloud ERP

Acumatica is the fastest-growing cloud ERP system with the Industry edition for distribution. Acumatica is a proven cloud ERP system for distributors and has a powerful WMS system as part of their product bundle along with native integration with EDI providers and e-commerce portals such as Shopify or BigCommerce.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP

Microsoft has two robust products for distributors in their recent D365 portfolio that are Business Central and Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Microsoft D365 BC is an excellent fit for smaller industrial distributors, while F&O could be a perfect, more extensive for most large and distributors in the regulated industries.

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Most Recent Questions Manufacturers Asked About Their Digital Journey

1. What is a Distribution ERP system?
An ERP stands for "Enterprise Resource Planning." It's a business management suite that can integrate all business processes of a distributor such as warehouse management, inventory, procurement, and accounting in one system. Read more here.
2. How do Distribution ERP systems work?
A Distribution ERP is a management information system that helps automate your distribution processes, help you plan your supply chain, and provide real-time insight across processes. Read more here.
3. How does distribution ERP systems differ from generalized ERP solutions?
While several ERP systems in the market could provide profound functionality for several businesses, distributors have unique needs with complex warehouse management processes, supplier management, inventory accounting, and regulatory reporting. A non-distribution ERP solution would require significant customizations for distributors to use it productively and increase your implementation risks and costs.
4. Since the cloud is the new buzz word, should distributors include an on-prem option as part of their evaluation?
While the cloud provides several advantages, including mobile-friendly, subscription-model, and without the hassle of managing IT infrastructure, the cloud may not be suitable for every business. Some businesses, such as medical device distributors, may have validation needs on each software upgrade. If so, the cloud could be prohibitively expensive. You should evaluate all the options before deciding which model is the right fit for your needs.

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