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Distribution in supply chain management refers to the distribution of a good from one business to another. It can be factory to supplier, supplier to retailer, or retailer to end customer. It is defined as a chain of intermediaries, each passing the product down the chain to the next organization, before it finally reaches the consumer or end-user.


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Wholesale Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Wholesale Distribuiton
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...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Wholesale Durable Goods Distribution
Activant provides technology solutions and services to more than 4,200 wholesale distributors throughout North America. A leading technology provider for the distribution industry, Activant develops comprehensive enterprise software solutions to help distributors improve customer service and maximize the return on their technology investment. In addition, the company offers an Internet trading network that expedites sourcing, expands geographic reach, and streamlines transactions between distributors and manufacturers. Activant solutions are backed by a host of professional services, including support, consulting, and educational programs. Learn more...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Activant is a leading software solutions provider for hundreds of farm-home businesses like yours throughout North America. During even the most challenging times, a formal business management software solution is a must have. Building customer loyalty, expanding your customer base and managing your operation efficiently are cornerstones to success. Learn more...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Hardware and Home Centers
Activant is a premier provider of technology solutions for thousands of hardware and home center retail stores. Find out more about our products and customers or read to see how Activant is solving today's retailer challenges. Learn more...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Lawn, Garden, and Nursey
Properly tended by experienced hands, plants will grow and bear fruit. The same is true for your lawn, garden and nursery business. Today, Activant Eagle business management software solutions are helping hundreds of lawn and garden centers all across North America become more efficient and profitable, while providing exceptional customer service. Learn more...
Activant: Activant Distribution Suite
Painting and Decorating
Activant is a premier provider of technology solutions for hundreds of Paint Dealers. Find out more about our products and customers or read to see how Activant is solving today's dealer challenges. Learn more...
Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Fasteners, Janitorial & Sanitation, Office Supply, Paper & Packaging, & 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...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
Public Sector
Manage government resources just like commercial distributors. Demand Solutions makes supply chain management easy by using your existing assets. The supply and demand planning software suite works with any ERP system, making it simple to import and export data. You can trust Demand Solutions' 25 years of experience with successful implementations in over 70 countries. Learn more...
Epicor Software Corporation Epicor Software Corporation: Epicor Distribution
Wholesale Distribution
Epicor is built using modern, business enabling platform and delivers real-time, in-context information using Enterprise 2.0 technologies.  Its agile architecture provides extreme flexibility and allows the Epicor Distribution solution to be easily tailored to meet the varying needs of today’s complex marketplace and support a wide range of distribution best practices.  Most importantly, business processes and work flows can be configured without touching source code, can be changed on demand, and maintain their integrity with subsequent software upgrades, which substantially reduces total cost of ownership.

Epicor serves distribution customers across a broad range of industries and provides solutions and applications that not only help manage the bottom line but also provides a seamless ERP environment that inspires collaboration and innovation – the most difficult of all competitive advantages to duplicate.

  • Durable goods:  Financial management is the backbone of Epicor ERP, combined with fully embedded warehouse management, you have complete visibility to the value, location, and movement of all inventory.  Epicor features strong kitting and production capabilities that make it easy to perform and track value added activities, which are a vital component of remaining differentiated.   Quality assurance means that you not only provide your customers with the best products, but also understand the costs and know who your best suppliers are.  Epicor Service Management and Mobile solutions facilitate post-sale support, and provide additional value to customers and suppliers while adding revenue streams.
  • Non-durable goods:  Since throughput requirements vary tremendously, Epicor provides the capability to define your warehouse, resources, and distribution network.  Likewise, Epicor provides the means to forecast and manage demand so that inventory ends up where you want it when you want it.  This also includes tools to help you track and manage product life cycles.  Mobile and handheld solutions increase visibility and velocity, while labor management applications ensure that an appropriately skilled workforce can be deployed to efficiently meet demand.  A robust compliment of trackers and dashboards provides both operational and executive teams with a real-time snapshot of performance. 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...