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In Industrial Distribution, effective sales order processing relies upon the instant access into all relevant information like customer order status, inventory availability, individual customer pricing, etc. Deciding how to structure this process flow is entirely up to you.

ERP-ONE+ enables the customer’s ability of tailoring to individual user’s needs. Utilizing the speed of the 64-bit ERP-ONE+ system, you can search your inventory to give your customer instant information and quickly allocate stock for them.

Mobile Order Entry expands this sales functionality everywhere you do business.

Due to the seamless interconnectivity of the applications within ERP-ONE+, data flows smoothly from the sales order to billing. ERP-ONE+ enables companies to customize billing requirements to meet specific needs. Accounting transactions are completely interfaced into the General Ledger. Furthermore, even multiple companies can be accommodated easily.

Client-defined historical and trend reports will help you to better manage your dollars. Included with dozens of customer financial reports like balance sheets and statements of cash flow, income statements can conveniently be compared against budget statements. Along with year-end processing for your fiscal year, ERP-ONE+ enables adjustments made to the prior year to be automatically carried into the balance sheet of your new fiscal year.

Controlling how and when sales will close and keeping a firm hold on your sales pipeline are keys to business growth. ERP-ONE+ supports your sales staff by making it easier for your sales people to contact and relate to your customers or prospects. One single screen can provide targeted sales information whereby allowing your staff to drill to the details they require. Don’t just provide the leads to your salespeople, provide them with the tools they need to close those leads with the ERP-ONE+ CRM solution.

For companies using another CRM package, Distribution One can make that deployment stronger by integrating activities, scheduling, contacts, prospects or customer and sales information directly from ERP-ONE+.

Distribution One also supports your sales team in the field with Mobile CRM which delivers on-demand customer sales data including Item Trends and Accounts Aging as well as graphical Sales Charts with customized views.

A primary way to withstand outside pressures is to fix impactors to cost and productivity occurring within the company. A good place to start is in the warehouse. Without some type of software management system, very few distributors can say they completely trust their on-hand inventory levels. This uncertainty forces the need for manual inventory counts which slows productivity and adds unnecessary manpower costs.

Using comprehensive ERP-ONE+ distribution software, companies can finally rely on the accuracy of the data within the system. Eliminating such hard dollar labor expenses can ultimately reduce the overall product costs which increases competitive advantage. Further, sales and management can review real-time inventory data to drive business deals, make key purchasing decisions, and minimize inventory expenses.

Having a correctly managed inventory also enables easy identification of redundant items and slow inventory turns. Resolving such issues drives additional cost savings. With the increased inventory visibility from ERP, distributors can measure and improve upon operational performance.

Warehouse+ assists with error-free inventory handling to help limit customer returns and inventory adjustments. Supporting wireless and wired barcode scanning, Warehouse+ enables accurate item counts and location management for simplified stocking and picking.

ERP-ONE+ also helps reduce wasted time and foot traffic in the warehouse. The Item Hits report displays the frequency with which items appear on Pick Lists. Moving these frequently picked items to bin locations near the shipping area will eliminate steps and save time. Because the Hit frequency changes over time, you can continually monitor which items belong in these prime picking locations. Warehouse efficiency can also be increased using Wave Picking which combines several orders into a single pick.

Intelligent purchasing is more than experienced guessing. It results from processing information in both a perceptive and timely manner. Special customer requests, suggested inventory replenishment, and inventory linking are fundamental aspects of intelligent purchasing. ERP-ONE+ processes all this and more to provide precise reports and on-line displays.

Automated Purchasing reduces the cost of ordering items for stock and buy-outs. The Purchase Order Suggested Buy feature in ERP-ONE+ identifies items needing attention and creates the corresponding PO in one click. Further, if there are not enough suggested products to meet vendor minimums, users can quickly pull in items near but not yet at the Order Point. Doing this not only meets the minimum order requirements using items most likely needed in the next week whereby eliminating a purchasing manager’s guesswork.

To further reduce daily purchasing oversight, companies can also choose to assign the maintenance of stock levels onto trusted suppliers via VMI functionality. Distribution One provides a Mobile VMI Scanner app which allows for the quick entry of inventory items through barcode scanning.

Being able to make correct strategic decisions quickly is a leading goal for every distributor. Because successful forecasting relies on historical trends, sales data, buying patterns, and inventory levels, accurate data is fundamental for making quick, strategic decisions.

To be effective, all business operations must be interconnected and aligned with product demand. Having access to company-wide data enables the users to function as a cohesive team operating from one reliable source of information. A key tool is the distribution dashboard.

ERP-ONE+ delivers role-based dashboards to provide customized insight for specific teams like sales, management, etc. Dashboard+ analytics return a real-time snapshot of business health with graphical presentations of open orders, backorders, POs, and Aging and Payment Trends. Supplemental business intelligence analytics builds in-depth forecasting based upon your own accurate sales and item data.

For suppliers of Specialty Tools and Construction materials, conducting sales meetings in a hard hat is a normal part of the job. To make the right decisions, the sales team requires access to current sales figures and customer data. Combining security and usability, ERP-ONE+ provides key data via Mobile CRM, Remote Order Entry, and mobile shipping functionality. Such mobility is key to expanding the scope of business activities.

Another crucial factor in Industrial Supply software is scalability. Distributors require software that scales their operations to match demand. While a la carte vendors require the purchase of added applications to successfully scale, comprehensive ERP-ONE+ contains all the needed features to keep pace with your company’s growth.

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners. Common EDI integrations include E-Commerce functionality.

E-Commerce & Amazon—Sell your products to customers worldwide through a customized e-commerce storefront. Both you and your customers will enjoy the benefits of increased efficiency, secure credit card transactions using an encrypted connection, automatic inventory updates, account information online and much more. Orders are processed from your site automatically into ERP-ONE+.

Through the supplemental Amazon Seller Central connectivity, ERP-ONE+ customers can successfully expand the scope of their product visibility and online selling within a streamlined order process. Orders and inventory data flow seamlessly between ERP-ONE+ and Amazon providing both faster turnaround and enhanced order accuracy.

API (Application Program Interface) defines the way software and external programs interact and are necessary to ensuring that ERP application data is accessible to other programs. Common API integrations include Shipping, Credit Card Processing, and Business Intelligence Analytics.

Credit Card Processing—ERP-ONE+ supports a broad range of payment processing, so you can accept new payment types as your business expands. ERP-ONE+ Credit Card Processing supports various security features and provides reporting to match the exact dates of your merchant statement to greatly decrease reconciliation time.

Shipping—Supplementing warehouse productivity improvements, ERP-ONE+ provides direct integration with leading shipping providers FedEx and UPS. With FedEx Ship Manager Software, companies can manage shipping needs from within ERP-ONE+. Outside of these direct integrations, customers can opt to work directly with 3rd party integrators like Endicia (USPS), Logistyx, Clippership, and ConnectShip.

Built on over 20 years of experience, Distribution One’s 98% customer retention rate is among the highest in the industry. Why? Because we actively work to foster lasting relationships. We offer customers a friendly team of distribution professionals dedicated to live US-based customer support. In addition to phone support, we also include quarterly product enhancements with your maintenance service. We also share individual customer-requested enhancements to all customers to ensure that everyone can benefit from the latest distribution tools.

Distribution One provides ongoing training opportunities through our own D1 University. From onsite workshops to online webinars, these training sessions are designed for everyone from new employees to those users requiring specific knowledge of advanced software functionality. This is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that our customers receive the maximum benefits from ERP-ONE+.


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