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Vertical Markets:
Building Supply
The building material supply industry in the US includes about 50,000 companies with combined revenue of $240B. The industry includes retail outlets such as home centers and hardware stores and distributors that sell directly to contractors and construction companies. Demand is driven by residential and commercial construction and renovation. Sub-sectors of the building supply industry that may have their own set of functional requirements include lumber, roofing & siding, drywall, and masonry.


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Building Supply Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Building Supply
With all of today's market complexities, Absolute Value delivers competitive, real-world answers to best managing your inventory now and in the future. Absolute Value is a world class, best-fit, formula-based forecasting and multi-site replenishment solution for distributors. The solution, delivered as a monthly service, allows users to reduce inventory levels and increase profits, while concurrently improving customer satisfaction. A traditional On Premise option is also available. Learn more...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Lumber and Building Materials
Today, running a successful LBM business means managing complex, interconnected operations—purchasing and supplier relationships, inventory control, contract services, product delivery and more—all while keeping costs, manpower and profit margins in line. Learn more...
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
We cut our teeth in Hardware. CLARITY addresses slow movers, erratic demand, contract management and extreme seasonality. We know these are just a part of what Hardware/DIY Distributors and Retailers must deal with on a regular basis. As ‘Full Line Distributors’, making available thousands of SKUs to dozens, or even hundreds of locations becomes a problem when dealing with regional pricing and lead-times, or changes in climate and demand from one location to another. Learn more...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
Wholesale Distribution
Demand Solutions demand planning and inventory management products have helped distributors get smarter about managing demand and ways to increase inventory turns. Our systems have consistently empowered distributors to weed out underperformers and focus on your most profitable opportunities. Learn more...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
General Manufacturing
Most manufacturers are driven by make-to-stock decisions. In an ideal world we could all “scan one make one” but the realities of manufacturing requirements, long lead times, lot sizes, distribution channels, geographical restrictions, and limited views of retail sales can cause complex stocking situations. Demand Solutions has given visibility into these complexities for thousands of clients through robust manufacturing, demand forecasting and inventory management solutions for over 25 years. Learn more...
Infor Distribution
Infor Distribution: Infor ERP SX.enterprise, Infor ERP A+, Infor ERP FACTS
Building Materials
Infor Building Materials (BMAT) Essentials enables distributors to meet industry-specific issues head on—maximizing productivity while controlling costs. You get the essential tools to increase order entry flexibility, meet fluctuating demand, simplify the process of working with building contractors, coordinate contractor jobs more efficiently, better manage inbound and outbound truck activity, and utilize shipping resources more effectively. Learn more...
Lawson: Lawson Distribution
Construction Distribution: Building Supplies
Building supply distribution is a demanding business. The name of the game is sourcing quickly and efficiently while controlling costs and margins. Lawson has the tools building suppliers need for optimizing decision making, streamlining operations, and improving customer service levels. From the head office, distribution center and main branch, to the trade counter outlet and depot, Lawson has you covered. Learn more...
Lawson: Lawson Distribution
Equipment Service Management & Rental
Lawson for Equipment Service Management & Rental is a flexible, easy-to-use, enterprise-wide application. It’s specifically designed for equipment manufacturers, distributors and rental companies who focus on after-sales service and continuous customer care. Learn more...
NetSuite, Inc.
NetSuite, Inc.: NetSuite Wholesale/Distribution Edition
The #1 Cloud-Based ERP/Financial Suite for Wholesale Distribution Companies
The NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Edition is the only cloud-based integrated business suite for wholesale distribution.

Solution enables:
Monitor and manage your business with the ultimate customizable business dashboard, featuring built-in best practices for
wholesale distribution.
Convert leads to orders, orders to shipments and shipments to revenue with NetSuite's advanced warehouse, inventory
management and order fulfillment capabilities.
Gain a real-time, 360-degree view of your customers and provide better customer service through NetSuite's seamless integration
of CRM with financials and other back-office systems.
Grow revenues, enter new markets and improve channel partner engagement with tools for partner relationship management (PRM).
Manage webstores and online business with NetSuite's ecommerce solution, which is tightly integrated with your accounting,
fulfillment, inventory, CRM, PRM and more. Learn more...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.): S2K Enterprise Software
Building Supply
VAI's S2K Enterprise is a complete building supply software solution featuring robust, fully-integrated Distribution, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, Point-of-Sale, and E-Business modules. Learn more...