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Software Solutions For Distributors
Simplify your document exchanges by moving to an electronic system. Replace faxes, emails and other paper-based options to increase the speed forms travel with fewer errors. This reduces your ongoing business tasks and allows for easier transmission of important items without issue. Improve your firm’s production and reducing over-complicated procedures. Read More.
Better align with the regulations and requirements of your industry without any complicated processes or disorganized setups. Create stronger foundations that conform to your business and allow you to maintain common standards for your employees. Reducing annual maintenance costs and preventing overspending on core areas that make your company thrive.
Have stronger predicating tools that understand ongoing trends for your business. Determine key performance indicators that highlight how you’re developing and what can occur in the near future. Use this to analyze your future growth potential and expand existing opportunities for development via emerging events or industry changes.
Make your inventory conform to your business needs with systems that better track your items and provide more up-to-the-minute insights for your client needs. Know what’s available at any given moment to better satisfy your customers and prevent lost sales revenue from an out-of-stock product. Create custom item categories and definitions that organizes your current stock without much issue, providing a more substantial overview. Read More.
Determining how to manage your resources is one of the most complex parts for any distributor. Business technology allows you to get a better handle and utilize them in a more structured fashion to benefit your ongoing development. Offering a stronger method of using available resources to craft the best outcomes for your growing business.
Expand the ways your company distributes its products by investing in a comprehensive E-Commerce platform that matches your industry expectations. Develop stronger overviews to manage existing and new customers, coordinate marketing campaigns and process sales orders faster. Resulting in a more compact and better way to sell products to a changing customer base.
When it comes to working with suppliers, calculating commissions is a critical feature. Many distributors are often unaware of how to manage this aspect without burdening themselves or wasting resources. The right technology can allow you to have stronger outcomes that better matches the relationship between your firm and its producers.
With a Business Intelligence (BI) program, you can sort through information faster, while avoiding inefficiencies, improve customer service and develop stronger marketing strategies. This allows you to determine what’s best for your firm and make decisions that better conform to existing circumstances. Sort through larger amounts of data, while breaking down major items to commit to stronger actions that drive your growth.
As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology expands, incorporating it into your business can be a deciding factor. Able to synthesize your information in a faster manner, this allows you to make stronger decisions based on available data. Better geared towards your Demand Forecasting and Sales needs, this increases what makes your firm grow.
Your shipping department depends on two things, structure and speed. Investing in the right technology can improve how you manage such needs and become the ideal distributor in your industry. By having a more organized environment for your business, it allows you to better respond to customer orders and ship items in a faster effective manner.
Consumer expectations of retailers continue to grow; requiring the entire supply chain to evolve to meet these new demands. Clients First’s consultants have a long history of working with Distributors, like yourself, and understand what it takes to succeed in this “new” world of same day shipping, drop shipping, AI powered inventory forecasting and automation. Contact us today to discuss the challenges your business is facing and learn how a modern software solution may be able to provide the technology you need to succeed and grow.
We are a rapidly growing distributor, receiving many more orders per day, and due to multiple systems are having immense trouble keeping up. We use Quickbooks for sales orders, purchase orders and accounting, while using Excel spreadsheets for inventory and yet another system for shipping. We spend all day re-keying information between these systems, sometimes inaccurately, and it’s causing immense distress for us and our clients. This includes our inability to accurately know what we can promise and when, as well as not having management reports that are “one version of the truth”. The result is out-of-of control operating costs, overworked employees being paid overtime and clients that are dissatisfied.
One fully integrated business software system will provide the ability for operators to enter data once and have accurate information flow the system effortlessly, thus cutting costs and driving top line revenue as a result. Further, it will provide accurate, real time business management information “at will” for all to see.
I have too many items in stock at all times. How do I better manage my inventory needs?
To avoid the complications of overstocking products, better understanding what your clients want is imperative. ERP solutions allow you to deconstruct data to create a stronger overview of your business and learn what customers are buying.
Our warehouse is disorganized and we can’t find inventory in a timely fashion…and sometimes our software shows we have the item and it turns out we don’t. This has caused immense frustration for our customers who aren’t receiving their order on the promised date and, sometimes, don’t receive it at all. We just lost our biggest customer because of this
Warehouse management software, along with properly designed bin locations and bar code technology, can help to ensure maximum customer retention as a result of accurate order promising and consistently fulfilling delivery service levels.
I overstock to ensure we don’t lose business, but end up with too much dead inventory. This unnecessarily reduces my cash, and increases my inventory carrying costs. The truth is, I never know, with confidence, how much to order and when…
Having the right product for the right customer at the right time, all the time, is a primary goal of all distributors. Trying to use Excel spreadsheets and “gut feel” rarely accomplish this. We prescribe implementation of forecasting software and procedures that give you the absolute best chance of driving customer service levels while minimizing the impact on your cash position