SAP Business One, the all-in-one ERP system for small to medium sized enterprises includes inventory management, purchasing and sales order entry / invoicing collectively named distribution.

SAP Business One offers small to medium sized wholesale distribution companies an excellent end to end solution. With pick and pack functionality, neat multi select line items for fast sales orders, and on the fly sales analysis SAP Business One truly is the leading SME ERP system for enterprises who wholesale and distribute goods. Add in a mobile sales app and options for EDI and advanced warehouse management including GS1-128 and SSCC barcode support, multiple units of measure, and multiple stock locations and mobile proof of delivery and you have a comprehensive business system for SME’s.

For process manufacturers who also distribute, you can include BatchMaster for SAP Business One for a complete integrated solution covering accounting, manufacturing and distribution. BatchMaster for SAP Business One also offers a radio frequency warehouse management suite which ties together all your manufacturing and warehouse processes including receipting, transfers, pick-to-sell or manufacture, for raw, intermediate and finished goods.

Sage 300 ERP offers the same broad distribution capabilities as SAP Business One, albeit SAP Business One, in CitySoft’s opinion, has the edge over Sage 300 from a functional and value perspective with respect to its SME wholesale distribution solution. Functionality that is standard in SAP Business One requires extra modules with Sage 300 increasing the price of the Sage investment. However, SAP Business One uses named licensing whereas SAGE 300 is designed on concurrent licensing. In certain circumstances, this diminishes the overall price difference between an all in one SAP Business One system and the modular SAGE 300 solution. CitySoft work with companies to help determine if Sage 300 or SAP Business One is best suited to their ERP system requirements and budget.

Distribution companies with sophisticated requirements may require more advanced inventory management than that which is offered in the standard inventory modules of SAP Business One and Sage 300. The advanced inventory management functionality is provided by Warehouse Management software (WMS) systems. Both Sage 300 & SAP Business One integrate with a range of 3rd party WMS applications including Accellos, a best of breed WMS system, LISA WMS and RIC WMS for SAP Business One and Acudart for Sage 300 ERP.

These radio frequency (RF) WMS applications offer license plates, EDI integration, multiple pick methods, suggested slotting, end of line and container receipting plus a wide range of best of breed WMS management capabilities.

Both SAP Business One and Sage 300 offers a multi-bin option when the specific warehouse requirement is simply the ability to manage the same item in multiple locations in the one physical warehouse.

Sage X3, designed for mid-market businesses, includes sophisticated WMS functionality in its standard set of functionality. Sage ERP X3 does not rely on the use of 3rd party WMS systems to fulfill this aspect of a distributor’s business. If the standard WMS functionality inside Sage X3 happens to be insufficient the system can be expanded by adding Sage Geode a best of breed Sage WMS application designed specifically for Sage X3 that introduces the most sophisticated warehouse capabilities available to mid-market businesses.

The goal of optimized inventory for SME’s and mid-market distributors to maximize customer service whilst reducing inventory holding costs is now achievable when companies using Sage ERP software also use Sage Inventory Advisor (SIA) a software as a service (SaaS) designed to help companies attain an optimized inventory position. Sophisticated algorithms combined with graphically rich displays and reports help companies formulate strategies to achieve optimum order fulfillment and stock holding across the entire product range.