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How can you anticipate and adapt to the ever-evolving challenges in wholesale distribution and start to lead the way?

Better Visibility Means Greater Adaptability

The wholesale distribution changes rapidly. And the distributors with complete visibility into their real-time data can adapt the fastest to these changes, make accurate decisions, and ultimately stay one step ahead of the competition.

Preparing for the Future of Wholesale Distribution

In February 2015, the Aberdeen Group released What Has Changed In Wholesale Distribution: 2015 & Beyond, its comprehensive analysis on the past and future changes within wholesale distribution. In it, they wrote:

“New Omni-Channel demands require increased visibility and a control tower approach (i.e. a set of integrated processes and technologies that support a seamless flow of product form source to end consumer).”

And to accomplish this, distributors must combine their automated business processes with excellent visibility and decision support.

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Visibility Across Your Supply Chain

The need for greater vision doesn’t start and stop at your front door. When your suppliers, distributors, retailors, and customers all see the same real-time information, everyone adapts more quickly and makes better decisions.

And when all the links of your supply chain are seeing and sharing data in sync, you’re better equipped to quickly:

  • Access accurate, real-time data
  • Drill down into potential problems
  • Integrate data from multiple sources with ease
  • Create custom reports

Productivity That Makes You a Wholesale Distribution Leader

Finding the right inventory balance has always been the challenge for modern manufacturers. You want to serve your customers, so you want to have the right product ready at the right time. But at the same time, you don’t want to kill your bottom line by overstocking the shelves.

Leading Distributors successfully find the right balance between supply and demand by utilizing the right mix of automated business systems. They find greater supply chain visibility, which keeps their costs down and keeps them ready to respond to the revolving challenges in wholesale distribution.

Are You Leading or Following?

In its February 2015 report, the Aberdeen Group compared the leaders (top 30%) and followers (bottom 70%) in wholesale distribution, characterized by:

Wholesale Distribution Leaders:

  • 4% of outbound orders delivered to customers complete and on-time
  • 6% of orders received from suppliers complete and on-time
  • 5% decrease in total landed per unit costs in the past year
  • 5% decrease in the frequency of out-of-stock inventory in the past year.

Wholesale Distribution Followers:

  • 4% of outbound orders delivered to customers complete and on-time
  • 8% of orders received from suppliers complete and on-time
  • 5% decrease in total landed per unit costs in the past year
  • 9% decrease in the frequency of out-of-stock inventory in the past year.

And they found the leaders who leveraged modern ERP software we’re specifically better than followers in the following areas:

Find Answers to Your Inventory Questions

Proven, easy-to-use Cloud ERP Distribution systems can make you more than competitive in wholesale distribution. They can make you a leader.

With accurate, companywide data, you’re able to minimize your inventory costs and create effective replenishment operations that anticipate and quickly respond to urgent changes.

Modern Cloud ERP Distribution Systems finally give you answers to your most pressing inventory questions:

  • What is the true availability and cost of the inventory from requisition through shipping?
  • How much is on hand in each of the warehouse locations?
  • What products are moving?
  • What products are dead and taking up valuable warehouse space?
  • Are there expired products?
  • What was the lot or serial numbers shipped?

Mixing Modern ERP With Modern Wholesale Distribution

Increasing the control over your wholesale distribution environment does not mean significantly increasing your costs. In fact, today’s Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP solutions can provide all the benefits of an enterprise-class solution without an enterprise IT budget.

Maintain Your Relevancy

From a recent IDC report, True Cloud Applications for Agile and Fast-Growing Businesses – Why Cloud Apps Are Key to Supporting Growth of Small and Medium Businesses:

“The Cloud is often the first choice when SMBs (small and medium businesses) consider making net new IT decisions or replacing existing and outdated IT solutions. The SMB innovators and early adopters have already moved to the cloud; the early majority is now getting started.” – IDC

Simply put, today’s small and medium distributors must invest in ERP Cloud technology to compete and remain a relevant player.

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Benefits of Cloud Computing

Drive your business to greater productivity with Acumatica SaaS. You can access your ERP data anytime, anywhere, and from any browser on any device. Pay as you go and scale your resources with your changing business needs.

Acumatica SaaS frees you from the complexities and costs of managing hardware and maintaining software, delivers the highest levels of security, availability, and performance, and offers:

  • Improved user experience
  • Full-function applications
  • Integrated document management
  • Enhanced process workflow
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Reduce IT issues by utilizing “true cloud” technology.

* From the Aberdeen Group’s February 2015 report “What has Changed in Wholesale Distribution : 2015 and Beyond” by Bob Heaney, Research Director, Supply Chain, Wholesale and Retail Practices.