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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rowleys Wholesale Gains Efficiencies With Tour de Force

Rowleys Wholesale is a distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants, tires, equipment, and a variety of other products related to the automotive industry. Rowleys selected Tour de Force to provide customer relationship management (CRM), sales force automation (SFA), and business intelligence (BI).


The Rowleys Wholesale team responsible for selecting a CRM system unanimously agreed that Tour de Force was the best solution for them. The primary reasons that Rowleys Wholesale selected Tour de Force were the extensive integration to their Infor SX.enterprise ERP system, extensive integration with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server, the full range of features offered through the mobile solution, and Tour de Force’s extensive background and experience in the distribution industry.


“After reviewing a wide range of CRM solutions, it was clear to everyone involved that Tour de Force was the best fit for Rowleys Wholesale,” remarked Mike Rowley, co-owner and CIO. “Once we saw a demo, we were amazed at the extensive out of the box integration they provided to Infor SX.enterprise, without the need for expensive customizations or add-on middleware."


Other features of the system, such as the flexible permission structure, easy to navigate Manager’s Console, powerful Gap Analysis, and use of user defined fields contributed to Rowleys decision.


To read more about the Rowleys integration and learn about the features provided by Tour de Force, visit their online Case Studies.


To read more, and access additional case studies, visit the Infor Newsroom.



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wausau Supply cuts costs 30% with Infor Distribution SX.e

Wausau Supply is a privately owned company in Wausau, Wisconsin, distributing building materials from 11 distribution centers and 6 light manufacturing plants in 5 states in the Midwest. Wausau Supply also provides value-added services that include a complete line of custom-finished interior and exterior doors, engineered wood products, and custom-finished cement siding. The company’s major customers have been small,private lumber yards, as well as a growing number of customers that constitute large buying groups.


The primary business challenge that Wausau Supply faced was its ability to provide next-day delivery to not only small lumber yards, which had been its major customer over many years, but also a greater number of conglomerates that were purchasing together. Because the company began to see more competition from “big box” distribution centers, it required a refocusing of strategy to maintain profitability.


Wausau Supply decided to change its mission and become a value-added-products distributor providing customized building products and features. Following that decision, the need arose to revise its software. The company was using a product that allocated inventory well but it did not have an up-to-date operating system for back office or logistics operations. With 11 distribution centers, Wausau Supply needed broad-based visibility into its inventory in every location.


After implementing Infor Distribution SX.e, Wausau Supply began seeing immediate process improvements. With an increased manufacturing presence, Wausau Supply has become stronger and its market share continues to expand. Infor Distribution SX.e has helped to increase productivity and reduce costs—both by 30%—while offering customers exactly what they want when they want it.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On Time Supply Enhances Inventory Management with Distribution One

From high-quality tools to warranty repair service for air compressors, pneumatic tools, and more, On Time Supply is a distributor in the wholesale hardware industry. On Time Supply relies on the supplementary integration between Distribution One’s comprehensive ERP-ONE software and Amazon for accurate online inventory management and fast order processing.


Integrating ERP-ONE with Amazon provides auto-processing of orders as well as inventory auto-adjustments. The connectivity between Amazon and ERP-ONE has saved On Time Supply up to 2 hours of order processing time savings every day. When viewed on a monthly scale, this equates to a full week of productivity savings.


On Time Supply has also realized productivity improvements relating to their inventory. Under their manual method, the process of maintaining accurate inventory levels on Amazon required 4-5 hours of active daily oversight. After integration, ERP-ONE provides Amazon with real-time inventory levels to reconcile new changes to stock without employee interaction.


Another key component of On Time Supply’s success has been its ability to maintain accurate inventory levels between its storefront and Amazon. If a drill is purchased from the physical storefront, the adjusted information transfers from ERP-ONE to Amazon to ensure the correct product amounts are displayed. Having this inventory auto-update capability is crucial to successful marketplace selling as Amazon does not tolerate order cancellation rates over 2.5% due to out of stock items.


Read more on the Distribution One website.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Foundation Distributing Inc. Increases Flexibility, Fulfillment With Blue Link

Foundation Distributing Inc. is a wholesaler of Christian books, gifts and curriculum products in Canada and the U.S. and was faced with the challenge of implementing an accounting and inventory management software system to manage their business. Their key requirements were focused on inventory management and order fulfillment. A sophisticated and flexible inventory system was required to manage advance orders and the multitude of backorders and partial shipments that would result.


FDI needed enterprise inventory management software that could provide unrestricted real-time access to analyse and mine their data. There was a need to provide customers with various analyses of their purchases. In addition, they needed access to detailed inventory movement and history to maintain high fill rates without excess inventory. Bust most importantly, FDI needed an inventory management system that would meet their needs without blowing their budget.


FDI selected Blue Link Solutions as their inventory management software. The addition of order types gave users the ability to flag orders as ship completeor advance orders with a ship date in the future. A routine was developed to automatically fill backorders on a FIFO basis, after taking into consideration the special order types. A new screen was developed to consolidate multiple orders by customer and print a consolidated picking slip for the warehouse. This consolidation cut the picking time for multiple orders by over 70%.


FDI’s Pat Chown says, “Choosing Blue Link Solutions as our core inventory software was definitely the right decision! Blue Link has delivered a solution that allows us to manage our business very efficiently. The modifications to the software were implemented with great precision and have changed the way we do business today. We are able to upgrade to current versions of the software when we want, while retaining our custom modifications."




Learn more about Blue Link by visiting the Case Studies page on their website.



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Also, read our 2016 Mid-Year Supplements.<http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2016_Mid_Year_Supplement.pdf>

Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

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