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Vertical Markets:
Plumbing Supply

The plumbing industry services the plumbing needs of residential and commercial plumbing contractors, builders, remodelers, and homeowners who are building or remodeling their homes, hotels, or office buildings. Plumbing distributors can serve the industrial markets which typically require large volumes of items or the residential market which may require a broader selection of designs.


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.

Document Management

  • Ability to link to electronic documents  to eliminate the cost and time of storing paper.





Associations

American Supply Association American Supply Association
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating


Plumbing Supply Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Plumbing 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
Plumbing
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
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
PHVAC
Infor Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (PHVAC) Essentials enables distributors to achieve competitive differentiation by running their business better. Almost half of the top 100 PHVAC distributors in North America rely on these applications for measurable bottom-line results. Learn more...
Lawson
Lawson: Lawson Distribution
Construction Distribution: Plumbing & HVAC Suppliers
complex order requirements effortlessly including emergency product delivery. The name of the game is sourcing quickly and efficiently while controlling costs and margins. Lawson has the necessary tools that plumbing and HVAC 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
Plumbing
Faced with shrinking margins, cost pressures, and new competitors, many 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 pressures plumbing distributors are under. SAP has the technology and tools to improve visibility and profitability, and ProSoft has the expertise and skill to deliver that value affordably. Learn more...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.): S2K Enterprise Software
Plumbing/Heating
AI S2K Enterprise is the trusted plumbing management software suite used by companies around the world. It is specifically designed to streamline everything from your HVAC inventory and vendor management processes to your warehouse, and accounting requirements. Learn more...