Improving supply chain processes with integrated ERP and CRM
Distributors are constantly responding to industry pressures and consumer needs. Acumatica’s Distribution Management Suite is part of a comprehensive enterprise resource planning system (ERP) that allows you to manage sales orders, track inventory, fill orders, improve purchasing, and provide customer support from anywhere.
The Distribution Management Suite is integrated with all other Acumatica suites such as accounting and financial management, customer relationship management (CRM), document management, and work flow. It can be deployed at your location or hosted at an off-site datacenter (in the cloud) so you can control where your data is stored.
Here are just some of the ways an integrated ERP and CRM system can help distributors:
- Automated sales order processing and shipping order generation ensures rapid delivery.
- Security controls allow up-to-date status information for all employees and partners.
- Real-time visibility into inventory costs and locations across multiple warehouses provides up-to-date data.
- Predictive entry and flexible screen layouts reduce time spent entering data. Set default accounts, sub-accounts, payment terms, and discounts by vendor to reduce errors.
Supply chain management.
Manage all parts of the process, from raw materials through final delivery. You can even provide product availability and delivery time through a Web portal.
Maintain real-time data and reduce errors with bar codes and scanners. You can optimize layout, picking methods and movement processes to ensure on-time order fulfillment, as you use critical forecasting to plan for future needs.
Business intelligence and analysis.
Take advantage of online analytical processing (OLAP) applications to provide easy access to all critical information.
Achieve easy, enterprise-wide coordination and agility that will improve operational efficiency and help reduce costs. By automating time-consuming manual processes across your business you can focus on efficient operations that boost profitability.
Improve efficiencies with automated transaction processing and payment adjustments and improve financial controls with complete audit control.
Additional Distribution Management Suite Features
Inventory Replenishment Suggestions
Improve your cash flow and avoid over-/under-stocking with recommendations based on historical sales data analysis.
Purchase Order Automation
Acumatica generates purchase orders based on inventory stock level and inventory replenishment algorithms. Orders are placed with the vendor that best meets price and delivery time requirements.
Inventory Bin/Location Control
Create a physical and logical warehouse structure using inventory bins and location controls. For each warehouse location specify the types of items and transactions that are allowed, the picking priority, and the cost of the items.
Inventory Lot and Serial Numbering
Track inventory by lot or serial number. Lot and serial numbers can be assigned or entered manually when you receive, issue, or assemble inventory items. Serial numbers can be linked with item specific valuation methods.
Email customers when sales orders change status. Example: Provide tracking numbers when a sales order goes from open to shipped.
Track goods in transit while transferring inventory between locations. Information is kept in a Goods in Transit GL account.
Fulfill large shipment volumes using pre-defined packing rules for specific products. Acumatica automatically determines packaging, generates labels, and confirms shipments for multiple orders with just a few clicks.
Workflow and Approvals
Create workflow rules for sales orders and purchase orders. Base rules on the type of order, vendor information, discount amount, order amount, or transaction specific information.
Get up-to-date freight costs for each shipment your company handles, print the actual carrier labels, and track shipments using actual tracking numbers provided by the carrier.
Convert CRM opportunities to sales orders without re-entering pricing and discount information. Customer service can locate orders to verify shipping and delivery status.
Carrier Return Label Support
Print carrier return labels to include in order shipments for easy customer returns.
Multiple Valuation Methods
Value your inventory using standard cost, moving average, FIFO, and item specific methods. Select a different valuation method for each inventory item. Make direct adjustments to cost and physical inventory count using report and inquiry screens.
Partial and Consolidated Receipts and Vouchers
Track when purchase orders are fully or partially received. Consolidate orders from multiple purchase orders into a single receipt. Enter multiple bills for a single receipt.
Sales Order Discounts and Promotions
Manage complex pricing and discount policies including volume discounts and multiple discounts per item. Maintain policies for price overrides.