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Supply Chain Management Systems for Service and Replacement Parts: Players, Benefits, and User Recommendations
Improved service management boosts revenue from both service offerings and new product sales, while improved customer service and enhanced offerings increase

electrical distribution management systems  and re-manufacturer of automotive electrical and drive-train/power-train products. To that end, recent service parts enhancements to the Logility Voyager Solutions SCM suite include more robust forecasting techniques for normal, seasonal, short-life cycle, intermittent demand, end-of-life (EOL) purchases (all time buys), and reverse logistics planning. Streamlining the reverse logistics process is critical for companies that manage high value, service exchange units from return to refurbishment to

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

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Enterprise Phone Systems Buyer’s Guide


Implementing or upgrading an enterprise phone system is a strategic investment for any large enterprise. To reach an informed decision, you should understand the following crucial aspects: phone systems buyer types, product requirements, cost considerations, and vendor relationship needs. This buyer’s guide from Focus Research explains those considerations, and helps prepare you to make the right choice for your company.

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Capitalizing on Advanced Inventory Management


Today’s distributors have an opportunity to drive performance to new levels by investing in advanced inventory management. These companies can expect to increase inventory visibility while driving down inventory costs. Learn how these kinds of inventory management initiatives can help your company strengthen customer relationships, bargain for better terms with suppliers, and generate more profitable growth.

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Reconnecting with Cincom Systems


Cincom executives lay out some facts, and Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic discovers that Cincom Acquire isn't the old-school client-server sales product configurator he thought it was. Since about 2005, Cincom Acquire has been Web-enabled and functionally expanded to instill knowledge into sales processes (not only into engineering processes).

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Plexus Systems


Formed as an independent company in 1995, Plexus System LLC develops manufacturing systems for a variety of industries. This privately held company is currently headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan (US). Plexus System solutions include barcoded inventory tracking and real-time traceability, mobile computing, and Internet-based communication systems.

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Tenrox Project Workforce Management for PPM for PSA Certification Report


Tenrox Project Workforce Management is TEC Certified for online evaluation of project portfolio management for professional services automation (PPM for PSA) solutions in the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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Business Process Management as a Blueprint for Mobile Workforce Management


As service organizations strive to achieve business objectives with limited resources, there is a growing need for greater visibility into business process effectiveness. This is made more difficult by ever-changing business processes and exceptions management. This white paper explains how business process management (BPM) benefits mobile workforce management and outlines how a service-focused BPM solution enables faster BPM adoption.

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MTI Systems


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NEXGEN Asset Management


NEXGEN Asset Management is the industry leading asset management software that combines a robust computer maintenance management system with advanced asset management planning tools. Based on over 25 years of practical asset management program and software implementation experiences, NEXGEN Asset Management is a web based software that was developed specifically to support a comprehensive asset management program. NEXGEN Asset Management has successfully been implemented globally across multiple industries that include utilities management, facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management. NEXGEN Asset Management software includes a comprehensive asset management program and eliminates the integration of multiple elements.

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K2 and Box Integrate Cloud Content Management and Workflow for Efficient Business Process Management


To provide a bridge between cloud content management software and the business process workflow, K2 partnered up with Box, a cloud content management service. TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic talks to K2 CEO and founder Adriaan van Wyk, and looks at what this collaboration could mean for your enterprise.

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