ERP retail: how to choose your distribution management software?


Choosing the right retail ERP software for your business can be difficult. There are many technological choices on the market, but only certain solutions will give you the expected return on investment.

 

In order to choose the best system, you must identify the points of improvement in your applications and understand which ERP to turn to to solve them.

 

In this article, we propose to help you identify the features you really need for your retail ERP!

 


Choose your distribution ERP according to your business needs


To make the right ERP choice the first time, it is essential to start by accurately measuring the essential needs of your business. Everything from the type of goods you store and transport to your type of customers will have a definite impact on which applications best suit your operational requirements.

 

Select your retail ERP according to the products you distribute


There are big differences between durable and non-durable goods distributors, with drastically different requirements. And the latter will not be satisfied by the same functionalities in distribution software. Also, your ERP can help you find the right inventory level to define your optimal stock quantity as best as possible.

 

Analyze your distribution channels to make the right retail ERP choice


The customers you sell to and how you sell affect the type of technology capabilities you should invest in.

 

  • Do you have customers in physical stores and on an e-commerce site?
  • Do you use social media to grow your business?
  • Do you use call centers and mobile platforms?

 

With increasing competition, products increasingly in demand because they have a shorter lifespan, an ERP system adapted to retail is a real asset.


A good practice is to offer customers a similar shopping experience regardless of the sales channel through which they go (telephones, e-commerce site, tablets, etc.).

 

The size of your distribution company will be decisive in the choice of your retail ERP


The size of your business, but also its scalability are elements to keep in mind. If you decide to implement small, highly function-specific software, you'll need to be prepared to replace it at short notice. Indeed, chances are that in the future, when you need a much larger number of users and significantly superior features, your first choice will no longer suffice.

 

When you change solutions, it is good practice to ensure that users can maintain as much of the usage habits they have already learned as possible. The fluidity of the circulation of information must remain one of the major concerns.

 

Choose a retail ERP according to technological needs


Once you have a clearer understanding of your business needs for distribution software, you still have to better define the type of automation features that would be most useful to you. To start, define a strategic business plan, with your objectives and your action plan. You will better understand what your technological needs are.

 

Integrated retail ERP VS siled ERP


According to a Forbes article, maintaining data silos ends up driving up costs and having negative effects on accuracy and quality. ERP solutions that easily connect to applications already in place (via API, web services) eliminate these silos. The result is seamless data flows that allow users to capture what they need faster, reducing the time needed for manual work. The integrated retail ERP avoids all the problems of duplicating information. The company can thus rely on a single database.

 

ERP retail SaaS or on-premise


Modern solutions have increasingly migrated to SaaS in order to reap the benefits in terms of accessibility, performance, connectivity and cost.

 

Functions such as inventory management, in particular, benefit greatly from the ability to gain real-time visibility. It also makes working with remote warehouses and other supply chain touchpoints considerably more efficient.

 

From a financial point of view, the subscription to an ERP is similar to an operating expense, while the acquisition of a license is to be counted in the capital expenditure.

 

Good to know: ERP Sa aS exists in two forms: multi-tenant and single-tenant.

 

  • With the single-tenant version, the single user has the choice whether or not to upgrade their software.
  • While the advantage of multi-tenancy lies in updates and patches offered and managed by the publisher itself.

 

Generalist ERP vs. Sectoral ERP


Industry ERP focuses on key areas of a vertical industry to deliver functionality. Commercial management software makes accessible not only functions shared by all sectors, but also functions specific to your sector.

 

More modern enterprise management systems, which are built on a general platform, offer better “plug and play” options.

 

While generalist ERPs have a good reputation, they require multiple adaptations. On the other hand, an ERP focused on your sector of activity is generally intended to be ready to use, equipped with greater expertise and requires less development during future updates.

 

Archipelia, partner of omnichannel retail companies in their ERP project


Archipelia offers a complete, intuitive and efficient solution to retail SMEs.

 

Modular and scalable, this solution accompanies you on a daily basis and helps you achieve your goals with more serenity and organization.

 

The Archipelia team assists you in defining your needs and offers you tailor-made support.


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