“What is ERP and what should I know to begin?”

Every company sets goals. Achieving them requires planning, dedication, and the implementation of proven solutions, the most effective being ERP software. So, what is an ERP system? Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the main tool wholesalers and distributors utilize to incorporate all of their day-to-day business processes into a unified distribution solution. ERP software synchronizes their departments, maximizes efficiency, and ensures the accuracy and accessibility of business data. Moreover, ERP fulfills these requirements while eliminating manual processes and associated costs to streamline teams and company-wide productivity.

Who is Distribution One?

For over 20 years, Distribution One has helped wholesalers and distributors achieve transformational process improvements through user-friendly ERP-ONE+ business software. Learn more about Distribution One.

How does ERP software help?

The main issues facing distributors involve data access, accuracy, and unconnected processes. Through comprehensive ERP software applications, the entire distribution process is aligned for maximum operational efficiency: order entry, CRM, financial management, inventory control, wireless warehouse management, purchasing, sales reporting, and more.

For instance, when an order is received, users can instantly process the sales order and payment options, check real-time inventory levels and stock locations across multiple warehouses, purchase needed items, and plan shipments. With ERP-ONE+, all related information is readily available which streamlines user productivity while reducing the errors and costs associated with unnecessary paperwork and manual activities. Users can also review real-time business health via role-based distributor dashboards showing Management, Customer, Vendor, and Salesman views.

The following information is arranged into a helpful ERP learning path to provide a better understanding of ERP distribution software for small business.

The Learning Path

These are but the first steps in the larger ERP software journey. For true “apples to apples” comparison, distributors must investigate and understand the features within comprehensive ERP-ONE+ software as well as supplemental functionality and integrations and topics like Deployment and Training.

Finding the correct distribution software is a process. Continued research is crucial for success. Distribution One has helped hundreds of companies successfully navigate these waters and is here to help you on your journey.

“What should I do next?”

To assist your ERP research, we welcome you to click the button and download a copy of our free ERP Software Purchasing Guide. Built using best practices from over 400 successful ERP implementations, this guide outlines 5 key steps to assist you through the process:

  • Recognize the Need for ERP
  • Identifying Vendors
  • Evaluating Software
  • Choosing the Right Vendor
  • Implementing ERP

We hope this free guide helps you identify the correct ERP wholesale distribution software solution for your company. We stand ready to answer every question you have.


Highlighting distributor successes

Customers share their ROI achievements. Click each testimonial to read the full case study.

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Empire Bolt & Screw

“Out of the gate, our first cost savings occurred in accounting. What was previously a full-time job went down to just 2 hours a day. This change alone saved us $40,000 in year-over-year labor costs.”

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Patlin Inc.

“Distribution One has allowed us to deliver 30% more orders without having to increase our labor force.”

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The Nut Place

“ERP-ONE actually helps our business be more productive. We operate more efficiently because our software performs like a world-class product. And that’s not marketing hype. We trust in its reliability. It is one of the best decisions our company made.”

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Colorado Industrial Packaging

“ERP-ONE tracks product costs and sales margins for us… that benefit alone has added 4% to our bottom line after the first year of implementation and has more than paid for the cost of ERP-ONE.”

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A-Jax Fasteners and Tools

“Enhanced productivity, lower operational costs, higher service levels, and stronger customer relationships—it’s all been attained through our ability to provide continuous real-time data generated through the myriad of programs within ERP-ONE.”

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VLC Distribution

“Having spent 30 years on the operations side of distribution using SAP and AS400 software, I have not encountered a better system than ERP-ONE. The efficiencies and expandability has allowed us to improve our sales by $500,000 per employee in a year.”

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On Time Supply

“We had immediate visibility into which sales representatives were performing and which product lines were providing the best return for our business.”

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Cathy’s Concepts

“The ability to manage orders online has created greater efficiency in their business and has delivered more flexibility in modifying and tracking orders. Changes to an order instantly cascade all the way through the terminals and the processing stations cutting production time by at least 15%.”

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“I’m excited about the future. We processed hundreds of orders in the first week and project our webstore will be handling over 10,000 orders per year.”

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