Mid-sized distribution businesses have been turning to organisations such as CitySoft to implement ‘best of breed’ solutions like Sage X3 to streamline business processes and to improve efficiencies in an environment where efficiencies drive profitability and a competitive edge.

Meeting the challenges of mid-sized Distributors

Mid-sized Australian Distribution businesses need to balance their stock holding with respect to lead times especially with imported goods, and available working capital at the same time as satisfying customer service demands. Equally as important, they need to improve operational margins and reduce warehouse costs. Balancing stock holdings and customer service demands are made much easier to achieve by using Sage X3. Sage X3 integrates key data from across every site, stock location, team and customer to help you make the right stocking decisions.

Sage X3 manages all the levels and movements of goods across one or multiple sites and, if needed, across multiple companies. By interrogating all the factors that impact inventory holdings such as current and historical sales, sales forecasts, existing stock levels, product sales velocities and seasonality, Sage X3 becomes a powerful replenishment-planning engine. The main benefits of this information integration are optimized inventory levels, lower holding costs and healthier operating margins. Sage X3 is an enterprise-wide business software solution ideally suited to wholesale distributors who warehouse their own goods for sale or who utilize third-party logistics businesses as part of their overall stock management system.

Greater flexibility

Sage X3 helps you meet and exceed the demands of your customers by making the information about your inventory available to your customer service and sales staff when and where they need it including available to promise information. Fully Web native and developed using HTML 5 means Sage X3 is available on the devices your staff use every day.

With Sage X3, you’ll also be able to deliver the levels of product and services that improves customer loyalty. You will also be better placed to respond quickly and effectively to incidents, accidents or special demands. With mobile radio frequency and touch screen licences, Sage X3 is ready to mobilize your warehouse staff across all your warehouse transactions. System information allows warehouse staff the flexibility to easily locate spare bins in the warehouse, set aside already sold goods when receipting stock and to pick goods in a variety of pick methods.

Sage Inventory Advisor

With Sage Inventory Advisor (a Sage SaaS Cloud offer) you can further optimize your stock holding by analyzing your inventory position, by running 28 advanced algorithms across your data as frequently as you require to assist with purchasing, pricing and promotional activities.

Business processes for distributors

In addition to many of the functions you would expect from a ‘best of breed’ mid-market ERP software solution, Sage X3’s distribution functionality delivers distributors the ability to manage SSCC, EAN, GS1- 128 labeling, EDI integration and mapping capabilities, client self-service, kitting, Bills of Materials, serialization and lots, RMA’s, unlimited stock locations and units of measure including fractional measures and QA & QC management. Sage ERP’s Distribution functionality is designed to enhance your supply chain management, procurement, warehousing, order management and supply chain execution. The advanced import management option further adds container and vessel management capabilities for stock management on the water.

Sage X3 ADC licenses enable warehouse staff to undertake warehouse transactions using a mobile device or touch screen terminals. By using the Sage ADC licenses receipting, picking, moving and transferring stock between bays, sites and warehouses are simplified. The ADC licenses remove paper from the warehouse, reduce picking errors and provide data verification across all the inventory processes.

Datalinx

For distribution firms with more advanced warehousing needs, Sage X3 expands to incorporate Datalinx for Sage X3.

This solution provides additional ‘best of breed’ warehouse capabilities such as radio frequency warehouse management, container equivalence management, ASN and expected receipt support, blocking and non-conformity management, hazardous materials management, commercial priorities management and location allocation in proximity of picking bays.

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