As we mentioned in a previous post, it is important to ensure you are seeking out a system that is well-suited to the industry and space you operate in. For example, we recently covered what to look for in
ERP software for food distribution or food wholesale. Now we’ll take a macro-level view and evaluate important ERP software modules for wholesale and distribution.

1. Financial Modules

   Basic    Important
  • AR/AP
  • General Ledger
  • Bank Management
  • Contract Pricing (Price-lists)
  • Landed cost tracking
  • Multi-currency
  • Inter-company accounting
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2. Inventory Modules

   Basic    Important
  • Order Entry & Invoicing
  • Purchase Order
  • Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA)
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3. General Modules

   Basic    Important
  • Contact management (CRM)
  • Commission Processing
  • Backorder management
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This list should serve as a good starting point for identifying functionality relevant for most wholesale and distribution operations. Proper ERP software should have the majority of this functionality or more to be a true fit for distributors or wholesalers.