Sage 100 IIG’s Advanced Distribution Software Solutions
Wholesale distributors are increasingly finding it difficult to address all potential obstacles, in order to overcome them and be successful. Some distributors finance their inventories, which makes them sensitive to interest rates. On average, distributors hold inventory equal to approximately 60 days of sales. Further, distribution industry profit margins are generally low, while financing costs have a large impact on profits. Big box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Costco purchase much of their merchandise directly from manufacturers, thus bypassing distributors Sage 100.
Large retail outfits currently account for over 60 percent of sales of general merchandise, up from just 35 percent 10 years ago. Distributors that operate delivery fleets are also sensitive to energy costs and limited geographical markets. Most vulnerable to an uptick in energy prices are distributors which make multiple deliveries per day to repeat customers, such as supermarkets or car repair shops. Diesel fuel prices rose some 200 percent between 2002 and 2013. These issues are just the “the tip of the iceberg” when discussing possible reasons as to why distribution companies may not succeed in today’s economy. IIG’s Advanced Distribution bundle of software solutions is an a la carte grouping of Sage 100 / Mas 90 / Mas90 add-ons developed by IIG’s in-house programmers, and designed to enhance the operations of a distribution company by focusing on improved inventory control, and the streamlining of order fulfillment and process tracking functions. These enhancements are sold either individually or as a bundle, and can be integrated to provide a complete solution to address a distribution company’s diverse business process requirements. Some of IIG’s popular Advanced Distribution software solutions include:
- Multi-Location Order Processing
- Order / Pick Ticket Spoolers
- Release Back Order / Inventory Allocation
- Order Process Tracking
- Bill of Lading
- Vendor Rebate Processing
- Royalty Processing
- Multi-Bin Processing
- Partial Transaction Register
- Associated Items Processing
- Universal Product Codes (UPC) Processing
- Consignment Merchandise Processing – Customers
- Consignment Merchandise Processing – Vendors
- Fast Sales Entry
- Advanced Landed Cost / Container Tracking
IIG’s Advanced Distribution software solutions are powerful and affordable tools aimed at medium-sized and fast-growing distribution companies, which strive to gain competitive advantages in cutthroat industries. By Janice Haywood, Marketing Director at IIG, a Sage Software ERP and CRM partner, VAR, and implementer based in Los Angeles, California.
The Sage 100 Advanced software includes all the same features and functionality of Sage 100 Standard product line. As it is client/server based, the data processing speed performance gains can be up to 20 times greater than the Sage 100 Standard software. Sage 100 / Mas90 Advanced is well suited for companies with remote sites, 10 or more concurrent users and large data transactions sets.