Distributors make products available for end-user consumption. They also usually, but not always, take ownership of physical stock.
These businesses typically operate on tight margins – stock integrity and on-time deliveries are critical to their success and directly impact their bottom line. They lose sales, or can receive penalties, from customers for late or missed delivery slots. Often there is a significant returns element that needs to be tightly managed. Short picks are most often not reported. Mis-picks are almost never reported. All of these directly affect the profitability of the operation.
Most distributors will have an ERP system to manage their purchases and sales order functions. Mistakenly, in many cases, the WMS module of these ERP systems are deployed in an attempt to address the warehousing issues above. Typically these modules are not fit-for-purpose – they lack functionality and are highly inflexible and unable deliver the required solution. Compounding this, the staff implementing these are usually more financially focused lacking any in-depth warehousing expertise or experience.
Principal Logistics Technologies has developed seamless, robust interfacing gateways to most leading ERP applications including: SAPR3, Oracle, Microsoft AX, Microsoft NAV, SAP Business One and more.
In-DEX Warehouse Management Software (In-DEX WMS) is both flexible and functionally rich completely dedicated to addressing the warehouse needs. Our staff are experts in the field and bring significant knowledge and experience. We help to deliver Return on Investment by challenging the business & re-engineer processes with our solutions and expert hands-on industry knowledge.
Stafford Lynch is Ireland’s leading privately owned multi-channel Sales Marketing & Distribution service provider. It operates Microsoft GP for the ERP side of the business which is fully integrated with In-DEX Warehouse Management Software (In-DEX WMS) which manages thousands of SKU’s in its 85,000 square feet of warehousing, picking high-order and volumes for all FMCG channels including the Multiples, C&C’s/Wholesalers, Symbols, Independents, Fuel Forecourts and more.
LED Group (Robus brand) was established in Ireland in 1984 and employs over 200 people worldwide. It uses SAP Business One as its ERP system. Its 100,000 sq. ft. purpose built warehousing and distribution centre stocks over 25,000 pallets of over 1,000 SKU’s, distributed to 40 countries worldwide – from New Zealand to Iceland – all requiring a dedicated WMS. In-Dex WMS was chosen and is fully integrated to SAP Business One as part of the deployment.
Wholefoods (part of the €3b Total Produce Group) is Ireland’s largest and longest established supplier of natural and healthcare products. Its ERP system came under pressure when business metrics started to grow rapidly following large scale expansion and growth. Wholefoods operates a 45,000 sq. ft facility with 8,000 product lines and 2,200+ customers. In-DEX WMS seamlessly integrated with its in-house ERP system before moving to Sage 200.