Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guide

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Vertical Markets and Manufacturing Software Directory:
Industrial Manufacturing

Industrial companies sell a large number of products that industrial customers use for maintenance, repair, operations, and production. These type of companies are sometimes referred to as MRO Supply or Maintenance, Repair and Operations. Examples include tools, pipe, and valve fittings; electrical products; fluid handling equipment; pumps, motors, fasteners, instruments; and safety and cleaning equipment and supplies. Some of these type of companies are listed under specific vertical markets in this section of the Software Guide site.



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The operations of industrial supply wholesalers revolve around inventory management, including order taking and fulfillment, delivery, billing and collections, and inventory replenishment and control. A typical wholesaler must track thousands of orders because the average customer order consists of a few items and low value.

Distributors of these products require a flexible, robust ERP package that can manage a variety of inventory types at one time. The ERP software must have strong inventory management software functionality and a fully integrated warehouse management system.

Unique Features

Front counter capabilities

  • Fast, rapid checkout of contractors picking up items for the day’s jobs.
  • Flexible payment options that include cash, credit card or on-account.
  • Retail POS capabilities such as signature capture.

Quoting Products and Projects

Ability to quote many items quickly

Convert quote to order

Pricing flexibility

Complementary & Component item

  • Ability to identify and prompt users to purchase related items.
  • Ability to identify all components in a kit or package.

Job & Lot Billing

  • Ability to price all items as a “job”.
  • Ability to ship and invoice selected items on an order in stages as the construction process requires.
  • Light Manufacturing.
  • Ability to accumulate costs during various stages of activity.
  • Ability to track costs from outside processes.
  • Simplified order release and completion.

Warehouse Management

  • Integrated Warehouse Management.
  • Ability to utilize wireless devices to enhance productivity.


American Supply Association American Supply Association
Bearing Specialists Association Bearing Specialists Association
Equipment Marketing and Distribution Association Equipment Marketing and Distribution Association
Industrial Supply Association Industrial Supply Association
International Sealing Distribution Association International Sealing Distribution Association
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association Woodworking Machinery Industry Association