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What is ERP?


Can you answer this question: “What is ERP?”

Unless you’re already well into the stages of ERP research and evaluation, this question may prove to be a challenge. While it’s established that integrating ERP software can be transformative for a distributor or wholesaler, a fundamental understanding of ERP is essential for correctly identifying the perfect ERP software for your specific company.

For your convenience, we are sharing information pertaining to core ERP functionality as well as offering to you a helpful tool for evaluating ERP systems that is built upon more than two decades of experience.

So, with this understanding of what’s to come, let’s get down to basics and answer, “What is ERP?

At its core, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a comprehensive software technology that unifies a company’s entire distribution process around data access and efficiency. Comprised of interconnected applications, ERP software encompasses the entire distribution process: order entry, CRM, financial management, inventory control, warehouse management, purchasing, shipping, reporting, dashboard analytics, and more.

Put another way, your entire company operates out of one unified software system. No more stacks of printed spreadsheets, weekly manual inventory counts, or excuses for deadstock. Once implemented, ERP software synchronizes departments, eliminates manual processes to maximize productivity, and ensures the accuracy of your business data.

Of course, this just scratches the surface of all there is to know about ERP. Cloud deployment, mobile applications and connectivity, e-commerce and Amazon integration… there’s a lot more to discover. To help you pull back the curtain on ERP software, we have created an ERP knowledge path highlighting common topics like ERP vs. Accounting Software, Implementation Speed, and ERP Scalability.

In addition, we are offering a helpful ERP Software Purchasing Guide to remove confusion and uncertainty during your ERP selection process. Built using best practices from over 400 successful ERP implementations, the ERP Software Purchasing Guide outlines 5 key steps:

We hope this free guide helps you identify the correct ERP software solution for your company.

Of course, Distribution One is happy to be your resource in this process. If you have questions about applying ERP functionality to your business or the benefits of our comprehensive ERP-ONE+ software, please contact our team of experts. We stand ready to answer every question you have.


Every single customer has unlocked transformational improvements using Distribution One’s ERP-ONE software solution. Now it’s your turn!


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