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Vertical Markets:
Tile & Flooring

The tile and flooring industry produces and sells carpets and rugs, hardwood and plastic flooring, ceramic tiles, and stone slabs. Distributors carry complementary products such as glues, grouts, tools and other items used in the installation process. Distributors can sell to contractors, businesses or directly to the consumer or to all of these channels. Distributors can also provide their own installation services.

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.

Complex Product Characteristics – Flooring can have many features that must be used to describe items such as size, color, shade, pattern, and more.

  • Adequate capability of defining product characteristics.
  • Ability to quickly search for characteristics.

Varying Unit of Measure – Flooring can be bought, stocked, sold and picked in different units of measure such as pallets, cartons, sheets, boxes, and eaches.

  • Item measures must be flexible and be able to handle many different unit of measures.
  • Manage SKU by various unit of measures.
  • Handle the unit of measure conversion through the entire fulfillment process.

Manage the importation of product – Many natural products are imported from foreign suppliers. They must be able to:

  • Optimize the lading of containers to minimize costs.
  • Track containers during the shipping process.
  • Account for all shipping costs as “landed costs".

Accessories – Flooring products are almost always accompanied by accessories that are used in the installation of the product.

  • Identify related items.
  • Provide customer service reps with assistance in selling accessories.

Warehouse ManagementEfficient management of stock in the warehouse is critical to customer service and efficient inventory management.

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


Tile & Flooring Distribution Software Directory

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...