Are you looking into distribution management solutions for your business and becoming overwhelmed with all the options and the task of implementation? Contrary to popular belief, choosing and implementing the right distribution management software doesn’t have to slow your schedule on your business. To help streamline the process for you and give you insight as to why Acumatica Distribution Edition might be right for you, we’ve summarized three of the top articles we’ve found on the subject.
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The Value of a Cloud-Based Technology Solution for Distributors
Distribution is a complicated industry. The tiniest mistakes in your processes can add up to costly business-harming blunders. To thrive, distributors need a comprehensive distribution management solution to streamline and optimize their operation. They need a cloud-based solution that can handle their warehouse, inventory and order management processes while simultaneously connecting these activities with their financials and sales. Why cloud-based? Legacy systems can hinder businesses’ growth, while true cloud distribution management software encourages growth by receiving added functionality and technology regularly. For example, many vendors are adding mobility to their repertoire so those working in the field can connect via mobile devices from anywhere and at any time resulting in increased efficiency and profitability.
How to Evaluate and Compare Distribution Management Systems
Differentiating between distribution management systems can feel like an overwhelming, time-consuming task — but it doesn’t have to be. As a distributor, you have a lot of options. You just need the tools to see differences between your prospects and criteria to evaluate how they will impact your business. Here are five categories you can use to measure different systems and evaluate which will work best for you:
Productivity: What can the product do to make you and your staff more productive?
Functionality: What features and functions does the product have that perform the daily accounting and business management functions?
Technology: Does the product leverage technology for usability, customizability and maintainability?
Value: How does the product maximize features and functions vs. cost for the usable lifetime of the product?
Risk: How does the product minimize risk and facilitate security (both network and financial security)?
The most important thing to focus on when evaluating and comparing distribution management systems is what is most critical to the success of your business. Everything else is supplementary.
Consolidated West Distributing is an example of a company that chose the right distribution management ERP solution that enabled them to manage their multiple processes efficiently. Consolidated West ships over 2 million boxes of fruit every year. Their business operations have many accounting challenges because, unlike most distributors, they sell their product before its produced. Once they switched from QuickBooks to Acumatica and implemented Acumatica Distribution Edition, they were able to cut their accounting time in have by eliminating double-entry bookkeeping, gained a system that covered every aspect of their business, and more.
Key Results for Consolidated West Distributing
Integrated system allows for the automatic flow of financial data, cutting data-entry in half
Enhanced financial reporting meets internal and external requirements
Remote access improves monitoring of finances and productivity
License for unlimited users allows the business to grow with no additional per-user cost
“Acumatica has completely changed our business. I just look in the accounting and all the information from sales is in there…For our business that’s a big deal.”
— Ronald Krieger, CFO, Consolidated West Distributing
As you begin the search for the right distribution management ERP solution, make sure you keep focused on your long-term business needs, prioritizing the functionality and technology that have the most significant value to your business.