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Vertical Markets:
Office Supply
These companies distribute general office supplies, technology products, office furniture, paper and forms. Paper, paper forms and envelopes account for a third of the industry revenue creating some overlap with paper and packaging distributors. Technology products include computers, software and phones which overlaps with some high tech distributors. The industry is dominated by big retail chains like Office Depot and Office Max that sell directly to the consumer and by large wholesales like United Stationers. Sub-segments of this industry include Office Equipment distribution which includes leasing and servicing of office copiers and Office Furniture distribution which involves the sales and installation of office furniture systems.

These distributors must be highly automated for fast execution of orders as next day delivery for any item is expected by customers. Distribution networks and logistics are critical to the efficient fulfillment and delivery of orders.

Office Supply Distribution Software Directory

Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Office Products
Activant is a premier provider of technology solutions for the office products industry. Find out more about our products and customers, or read to find out how Activant is solving challenges within the industry. Learn more...
Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Office 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...
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
Office 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...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
The Demand Solutions system is ideally suited for businesses with high daily volumes, many customers, a broad offering of products, and a multi-tiered selling organization. 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...
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...