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Vertical Markets:
Industrial Supply
Industrial supply companies sell a large number of products that industrial customers use for maintenance, repair, operations, and production. These type of companies are sometimes referred to as MRO Supply or Maintenance, Repair and Operations. Examples include tools, pipe, and valve fittings; electrical products; fluid handling equipment; pumps, motors, fasteners, instruments; and safety and cleaning equipment and supplies. Some of these type of companies are listed under specific vertical markets in this section of the Software Guide site.

The operations of industrial supply wholesalers revolve around inventory management, including order taking and fulfillment, delivery, billing and collections, and inventory replenishment and control. A typical wholesaler must track thousands of orders because the average customer order consists of a few items and low value.

Distributors of these products require a flexible, robust ERP package that can manage a variety of inventory types at one time. The ERP software must have strong inventory management software functionality and a fully integrated warehouse management system.


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.

Quoting Products and Projects

Ability to quote many items quickly

Convert quote to order

Pricing flexibility

Complementary & Component item

  • Ability to identify and prompt users to purchase related items.
  • Ability to identify all components in a kit or package.

Job & Lot Billing

  • Ability to price all items as a “job”.
  • Ability to ship and invoice selected items on an order in stages as the construction process requires.
  • Light Manufacturing.
  • Ability to accumulate costs during various stages of activity.
  • Ability to track costs from outside processes.
  • Simplified order release and completion.

Warehouse Management

  • Integrated Warehouse Management.
  • Ability to utilize wireless devices to enhance productivity.


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Industrial Supply Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Industrial Supply
Remember the good old days? Distribution companies would stock the warehouse with inventory and then go out and sell what they had on hand to customers. Today's story doesn't resemble that model. Now it is all about increasingly demanding customers, suppliers with a large proliferation of products, pressure on margins, and complex supply chains. Offshore sources create longer, less flexible lead times. Brand extensions and shorter product life cycles increase the number of SKU's and obsolescence risk. Learn more...
Acumatica: Distribution and Finanical Suite
Industrial distributors face enormous challenges in an increasing complex environment. From having the right products on hand, to finding ways to lower their costs, to making sure they are servicing their customers at the highest level, industrial distributors must have a viable solution in place to help them meet these issues head-on. 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
Industrial Supply
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...
General Data Systems
General Data Systems: ProfitTool Distribution Software
Industrial Supply - Cutting, Hand & Power Tools & Abrasives
As an Industrial Distribution product, ProfitTool gives you excellent sales information and purchasing information - keys to being successful.  Quote to Sales Order to Purchase Order information is available with just the click of a mouse.  Profit Tool’s Reporting allows mistakes to be caught before Product is received or Customers are invoiced.  The Financial Snapshot illustrates how the company is doing on a daily basis right on your screen without running a long report.  A favorite feature provides for the Quote, Sales Order Acknowledgement, Purchase Order, and Invoice to be delivered directly from the system either by fax or email.  ProfitTool competes head to head with larger systems without the expense or extraordinary requirements.  As a Windows driven system, ProfitTool doesn’t require extensive training. Learn more...
Infor Distribution
Infor Distribution: Infor ERP SX.enterprise, Infor ERP A+, Infor ERP FACTS
Infor Industrial Essentials helps you establish end-to-end control of your operations by facilitating improvements in inventory accuracy and making it easier to work with special customers and contracts. You’ll reduce overall spend while increasing your share of your customers’ purchases and securing your place as your customers’ main value-add partner in distributor-managed inventory programs. You’ll achieve competitive differentiation by acting with speed and efficiency to price fluctuations. Learn more...
Lawson: Lawson Distribution
Industrial Distribution
You have to keep track of a broad range of products. It is crucial that you have the ability to offer advice and provide immediate supply. You have to be able to satisfy all kinds of local or regional requirements across range, price and quality of item. But that is not enough. After-sales service has become the new competitive arena for many distributors. To stay in the race demands an IT solution that can ensure effective and efficient service delivery. If you are running your business with disparate, outdated systems you may be missing out. Transparency across the supply chain and access to real-time management information is the key to surviving and thriving in today’s market. 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
Industrial Supply
Faced with shrinking margins, cost pressures, and new competitors, many industrial supply wholesalers are changing their business models to improve customer loyalty – offering value-added services or outsourcing core business processes to reduce costs. ProSoft understands the profit and competitive presseures distributors are under. From web commerce to rebate management/cost recovery solutions, ProSoft and SAP have your full requirements covered at a price you can afford. Learn more...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.): S2K Enterprise Software
S2K Enterprise for Industrial Distribution is an end-to-end, integrated industrial distribution control system that combines industrial manufacturing software, supply chain management modules, sales tools, and other applications that can help your business save money and improve supplier and customer relationships. Learn more...