ERP for Distributors

Top Features to Add to Your Distribution ERP Software

The Importance of Customization

Depending on your industry, complete out-of-the-box solutions that are tailored to fit your business like a glove, may be harder to find. If you are looking for ERP software that fully fits your organization, you may have to add customizations to it. While many distribution and wholesale companies may seem to share the same requirements on the surface, there are many different lines of business or sub-industries that have drastically different requirements.

Different modules within your ERP program can certainly accomplish much of what you need, there still may be a missing piece or two that leaves more desired functionality. Often these customization can assist a unique aspect of your business and set you apart from your competition.   I should caution you here:  if you find yourself designing a custom application that covers a significant portion of your ERP requirements then you should consider if you have the wrong ERP.

Distribution ERP Software Must-Haves:

  • Flexible order entry and change order management
  • Forecasting
  • Distribution requirements planning
  • Exceptional inventory management
  • Import management functions
  • A warehouse management system
  • RFID and bar-coding functionality
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business intelligence

Reporting and Programming

Individually customized reporting and programming could save you not only time, but could also save you money in the long run. Custom programming services will make your applications deliver what you need, when you need it. You can identify and choose different sets of data, organize it, and integrate it into your ERP system. By creating custom forms and reports, your business can run smoothly, efficiently, and make your organization more productive.

Proactive Software Support

Regardless of the skill with which your ERP software was designed, or the capabilities of the ERP partner that you chose to configure it, it is likely with such a complex program as ERP software, issues may come up. Because of the risk factors like viruses, hardware failures, and human error, you should choose a VAR that implements a proactive support model and not just offer reactive support.  Remember, support should extend beyond the functional features of your ERP into the technical aspects as well.

On top of optimizing your ERP program from the beginning to achieve efficiency, by collaborating with a VAR that takes a proactive approach to your ongoing support, you will continue to operate at peak levels.

Complete Infrastructure Support

Your infrastructure and network is an integral part of your new ERP system. Whether you have an in-house IT department or you have contracted with an MSP, having your infrastructure running like a well-oiled machine, can help your new ERP implementation go quicker, smoother, and in a more cost effective way.

To that same regards, when considering a new ERP package, you might consider choosing a company that can address all of your ERP, MSP, and Custom Reporting and Programming needs can help you achieve the highest level with your infrastructure and IT systems. When a VAR is familiar with all aspects of your network, they can assist in making your network flawless and running at maximum optimization.

An All-Encompassing Package

Custom Information Services provides distribution ERP solutions that includes proactive infrastructure management, software support, and a myriad of certified specialty applications. We also offer customized programming and reports for ease of transition and development, facilitating ROI more quickly and dependably.

The best customization distribution ERP should include ease in customization for software and reporting, have proactively supported optimization programs that include certified specialty applications, and extend additional proactive support toward infrastructure management.

CIS has two locations in Arlington and Addison, and serves all of the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Contact Us today to learn more about how our solutions can work best for your business.
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