Wholesale Distribution

ERP Advisors Group (EAG) is one of the top independent enterprise software advisory firms for Wholesale Distribution.

Wholesale Distributors are challenged by ever-increasing costs, low margins, and increased competition, all while differentiating themselves with value-added services.

Savvy WD companies parlay these market forces with enterprise software to automate purchasing processes, leading to better discounts and more accurate inventory tracking. This leads to higher customer satisfaction because orders are received efficiently, processed, and fulfilled in a timely manner. Best-in-class distributors also layer on commerce software that allows them to sell anywhere their customers buy.

ERP Advisors Group will help you make the right level of investment in your software while ensuring you receive below-market prices for the overall best-fit package.

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ERP Help for Wholesale Distribution

ERP Advisors Group will help your wholesale distribution business define requirements, set your software strategy, provide a roadmap, conduct a diligent vendor selection process, and manage the entire implementation.

Develop Your Wholesale Distribution ERP Strategy

We will define your needs, wants, and how you would ideally use new automated solutions across your wholesale distribution company, whether you are primarily brick and mortar, wholly or partly online, a merchant wholesaler, a co-op, agent, or broker.

Select Your New Wholesale Distribution Software

We will guide you through selecting the best fit, and most cost-effective business applications and implementation partners to best automate customer relationship management, purchasing, inventory management, warehouse management, logistics, and accounting.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Implementation Project Management

After finalizing your Wholesale Distribution ERP software and services contracts, EAG stays with you to oversee your implementation until you successfully go live.  We will oversee integrations, data migration, change management, budgets, design and configuration, walkthroughs, training, testing, and go-live cutover and will provide executive and project sponsor support throughout the duration of your project.

Data Migration

We assist with all components of data migration: extraction, cleansing, transformation, and loading into your new system to ensure you have complete confidence in the accuracy of your data at go live.

Why Wholesale Distribution Companies Upgrade Their ERP Software

Surveys across all of our Wholesale Distribution clients reveal the most common reasons why they need new ERP to automate their business:

  • The sales function is manual and paper-based, and as a result, customer service is handcuffed by system limitations.
  • There is a lack of automation and integration with vendor systems; this creates extra time-consuming manual data entry.
  • The Chart of Accounts is complex and financial reporting is manual, challenging, and performed outside the system.
  • Sales has very little exposure to accurate, real-time inventory levels resulting in potential lost sales and difficult communication with existing clients.
  • Price and availability changes are manual, time-consuming, and difficult to track.
  • There are so many manual processes and papers to manage, that employees do not feel they have enough time to do their jobs accurately.
  • New items and SKUs do not copy over special pricing, creating a need for unnecessary manual intervention.
  • No route tracking tools for inventory delivery, creating a lack of visibility into inventory location/status.
  • Customers have no online access to orders, invoices, or payment status.
  • Inventory purchases are backed by system-generated data but still require manual manipulation.
  • Paper tracking of operations results in delays and data accuracy concerns.
ERP Advisors Group helped us meet our goals for becoming more operationally efficient by first helping us decide that our existing system wasn't going to work, and then helping us find a new system. There are hundreds of systems out there that probably would have worked for our business and any of those companies would have sold those systems to us. But EAG was able to help us find that perfect fit.
 
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CFO, Bron Tapes

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Why You Should Hire ERP Advisors Group

We are 100% independent ERP consultants, and we never take commissions or payments from any vendors. Combining our objectivity with our white-glove selection process, you will be absolutely certain that you are selecting the right software and implementation resources.

"EAG has remained committed to helping us through our organizational changes. They regularly went above and beyond without trying to nickel and dime us for extra hours." - David Dotts, Program Manager, KCD Brands / Sears

Resource-Constrained

Our rapidly-growing wholesale distribution clients are already very busy with their day jobs and do not have time to become ERP experts.  Though your key people still have to devote some time to an ERP initiative, hiring an ERP consultant frees them up to make the important ERP decisions while staying focused on their day job.

Complex Business Processes

The more complex your business, the more likely for difficulty when selecting and implementing software. ERP Advisors Group will help you uncover your true needs and will only vet the most viable options for your size, requirements, resources, and strategy.

 

 

Best Practices for Your Industry

We will create your requirements document and demonstration script with wholesale distribution industry best practices in mind while retaining what is unique to your company, leaving out the manual workarounds.

 

Change Management

Many clients hire us to help when they suspect they need a business case for new software.  ERP Advisors Group helps stakeholders buy into what is best for the company by getting their input at multiple stages throughout the Needs Analysis, Selection, and Implementation.

 

Vendor Demonstrations

A frequent complaint we hear from prospects who tried to select software on their own is feeling confused about the software's capabilities.  We get vendors to show your requirements during their product demonstrations. This ensures you feel confident about selecting the best products that can meet your needs.

Contract Negotiations

We negotiate tens of millions of dollars of deals every year for our clients. We provide contract reviews on all terms and conditions, including software, services, and every agreement embedded throughout the contract. Our clients receive price protection for many years to come on their purchases. While we don't guarantee it in writing, we normally save our fees on this step alone.

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Benefits to Upgrading Your ERP Software

"If we had not worked with ERP Advisors Group, we wouldn’t have accomplished our goal of having ownership agree to update our software. We would not have found a partner and we would have never signed with the right vendor to get the right benefits"

- Scott Lane, CIO, Beaver Street Fisheries

ERP Advisors Group's Needs Analysis will uncover the benefits your company would realize with an ERP upgrade.  Some of the most common benefits your Wholesale Distribution business will realize include:

 
  • Increased efficiency through a reduction in the number of applications, system touches, and duplicative actions.
  •  A modern, mobile, and easy-to-use system that will scale and grow with the company.
  •  Automated sales order commit dates and tracking functionality, third-party logistical information available for order status.
  •  Automated Max/Min reporting that takes into consideration variable inventory fluctuations, by location.
  •  Data transfer between all systems results in little to no duplicate entries for order, customer, and sales information.
  •  Price and availability changes are automated and live updates occur as updates are released.
  • There is little to no need for paper backup across the entire organization.
     
 
 
 
  • Financial reporting is completed within the system and there is one source of truth for all financial data.
  • Sales has access to accurate and timely inventory data including expected arrival dates, quantities, and locations.
  • Customer history is captured and live access is available on mobile devices.
  • E-commerce/drop shipping functionality that will automatically integrate with the ERP and Sales Order application.
  • Automated receiving functionality that is integrated with the purchasing application.
  • Shipping information automatically communicates to the customer and associates with the customer invoice.
  • Complete inventory warranty tracking is done within the system itself, and no manual intervention is necessary.

 


Everything with EAG was great. The communication was good. The process obviously works really well. And even the flexibility within the process was good. If something wasn’t working, we changed it and adjusted to the situation.

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Director of IT, Brown Strauss Steel, Inc.

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Wholesale Distribution ERP Vendors

ERP Advisors Group will help you not only define your requirements but more importantly, we will bake in the best practices for your Wholesale Distribution company into your Request for Information and Demonstration Script.

We conduct dozens of selections every year, equating to tens of millions of dollars in software and services sales.  With our deep knowledge of Wholesale Distribution ERP, we will help you find the right ERP for your company, AND the right professional services company to implement it. 

We regularly vet the top, most viable Wholesale Distribution ERP systems.

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