Distribution software

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A critical requirement for distribution software is Inventory Visibility which includes both internal inventory visibility (above) as well as visibility across the supply chain (vendors and customers)

Distribution software refers to software which manages everything from order processing and inventory control to accounting, purchasing and customer service, supply chain management, sales, customer relationship management, and finance management.

More sophisticated solutions can cover areas such as advanced forecasting and replenishment, warehouse management, pick, pack & shipping, EDI or Electronic Data Interchange, Trade Spend Management and more.

Distribution software helps companies to manage internal and external resources efficiently by minimizing stockouts but ensuring overstocking doesn't occur as well.

Cloud-based distribution software began its rise in popularity in approximately 2010. The benefits of cloud-based distribution solutions include the ability to access the application from any device that uses a web browser and cost-savings resulting from reduced hardware requirements.

Numerous ERP vendors such as Acumatica, Microsoft Dynamics NAV-X, Netsuite, Infor Distribution, SAP ERP, and Epicor Software Corporation with Prophet 21 and Eclipse offer distribution software as part of their ERP systems.

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