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Electrical Distributors

According to www.naed.org, Electrical distributors serve as the essential link between manufacturers and the contractors, designers, architects, specifiers, and service professionals who put the products into operation all over the world. Beyond warehousing and selling electrical products, distributors also provide critical value-added services like providing extensive product knowledge, furnishing one-stop shopping for many customers, and extending credit to end-users.”


Unique Features

Front counter capabilities
  • Fast, rapid checkout of contractors picking up items for the day’s jobs.
  • Flexible payment options that include cash, credit card or on-account.
  • Retail POS capabilities such as signature capture.
  • Automated handing of vendor rebate calculations and reporting.

Contract Pricing

  • Ability to create pricing schedules by job.

Special Pricing Authorizations

  • Ship and Debit handling processes.

Job & Lot Billing

  • Ability to price all items as a “job.”
  • Ability to ship and invoices selected items on an order in stages as the construction process requires.

Electronic Price Updates

  • Ability to utilize a subscription service to automatically update manufacturer product data and pricing.

Reel Tracking

  • Ability to track the usage of lengths of wire from reels of wire.



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Electrical Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Electrical
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...
Acumatica: Distribution and Finanical Suite
High volume purchasing and improving inventory management are two critical areas challenging electrical distributors today. Acumatica provides robust inventory management, sales order management and purchasing management to help meet the demands electrical distributors face daily. Learn more...
Advanced Distribution Partners
Advanced Distribution Partners: Advanced Distribution Microsoft Dynamics® AX
Industrial & Electrical Supplies
Globalization has meant significant changes for the machinery, equipment and supplies industries. Distributors working with suppliers from around the world must be able to operate efficiently while complying with global regulations and adapting to various languages. Meanwhile, distributors working with Western manufacturers are expected to cut costs while maintaining exceptional service in order to keep customers satisfied. Equipment inventory software from Advanced Distribution Partners gives you the tools you need to maximize the value of the service and product your customers receive. Align inventory with current and future customer requirements with precise analytics and forecasting. Learn more...
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
Managing erratic demand is more important than ever. CLARITY addresses erratic demand, and helps manage the guessing game for which items will grow and which will continue to fade in this market that constantly challenges the leaders in these DIY industries. Regional uniqueness, seasonality, housing and production market differences all conspire to vex companies as they seek to identify how much of which products the market wants. Learn more...
IDEA: B2B eCommerce Solutions
Electrical Industry Roots
Our deep category knowledge was born of the electrical industry in 1998. IDEA was founded through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership, vision, wisdom and expertise of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) members. IDEA is the official eCommerce standards creating and setting body for the electrical industry and those same standards translate to other industries. Learn more...
Infor Distribution
Infor Distribution: Infor ERP SX.enterprise, Infor ERP A+, Infor ERP FACTS
Infor Electrical Essentials enables you to streamline your business by alleviating the problems of manually picking and stocking electrical items and helping manage product movement more efficiently. Sophisticated tools simplify the process of procuring and managing bids and jobs from concept to completion, synchronize job phasing, ensure better management of projects and costs, improve margins, and boost customer satisfaction. Learn more...
Lawson: Lawson Distribution
Construction Distribution: Electrical Supplies
Electrical supply distribution is a demanding business. You operate within complex trade relationships and must fulfill order requirements containing a variety of SKU measurements effortlessly. The name of the game is sourcing quickly and efficiently while controlling costs and margins. Lawson has the necessary tools electrical 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 distribution software has you covered. 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...
ProSoft Business Solutions ProSoft Business Solutions: SAP Business All in One for Wholesale Distribution
Electrical & Data Communications
Electrical distributors are part of a tightly knit community where word of mouth and perception are everything. Most companies run on one of a handful of business management software programs. Historically, SAP hasn’t been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. But we’re changing that. Some of the largest, most successful distributors in your industry are running to SAP and have benefited greatly. Learn more...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.): S2K Enterprise Software
S2K Enterprise for Electrical Distribution software helps electrical distributors forecast and respond to demands in ways that traditional supply chain processes cannot address. This fully-integrated electrical distribution software offers numerous features and benefits that leverage technology to transform your organization across-the-board. Learn more...