Plumbing Wholesale ERP Software Solutions

Plumbing wholesalers face a unique set of business challenges constantly. From complex inventories, changing trends, and balancing large orders from contractors, they need an ERP software that can help them manage all these processes from a single, powerful, platform.

That’s why Datix is a certified Gold partner of Epicor ERP, a leading enterprise resource planning software.  Epicor is designed to help businesses increase sales, improve customer service and reduce operating costs by creating a single nexus for process management and streamlining all operations. Although the platform can be applied to a wide range of markets and industries, Epicor is dedicated to meeting the needs of the plumbing industry and plumbing wholesalers. The team at Epicor consistently consults with leading distribution associations and seeks the input of its current plumbing customers to further develop its solution for the market. As a result, Epicor contains functionality designed to meet the plumbing industry’s unique needs.

Functionality for plumbing wholesalers in Epicor ERP includes:

  • Front counter
  • Quoting
  • Order histories
  • Link items to outside files
  • Advanced inventory control
  • Assemblies, disassemblies and modifications
  • Lot billing
  • Release scheduling
  • Service and maintenance
  • Warranties

Businesses in the plumbing industry must juggle a lot of moving parts, stakeholders and processes. From handling wholesale items like pipes and tubing to organizing a showroom and a warehouse, plumbing wholesalers need ERP software that can keep up. For example, with Epicor you’ll have the ability to instantly link related items so that a sales team is always ready to offer fittings with their related fittings, faucets and other corresponding parts. A sophisticated quoting module is capable of quoting prices for the 50-line item orders that are so prevalent in the plumbing wholesale industry. The system can then turn those quotes into orders seamlessly, adjusting pricing based on customer identity and order history. You’ll be able to automatically retain relationships with your most loyal clients, all while saving time in both your sales and accounting departments.

Another big plus for plumbing companies is Epicor’s strong inventory management capabilities. The ERP allows you to maintain manageable stock levels by tracking customer buying trends. Say brass fittings are coming back into style: your Epicor ERP will pick up on the increased orders and prompt business leaders to start keeping more in the warehouse. Because you might operate both in parts and finished products (i.e. piping or a finished shower) you’ll be able to store assemblies under a single item code in Epicor. The ERP can then pull all the separate SKUs that go into that shower from your inventory and determine stock levels and pricing. Your sales rep doesn’t have to walk to the warehouse to figure it all out any more!

When it comes to translating the often large, and complex, inventory of a plumbing wholesaler to the customer, Epicor also excels. Lot billing allows you to deal with contracts submitting large quotes for projects (i.e. the plumbing system in a new housing development). Usually, contractors order all the parts necessary for a project once, but expect the material to be shipped, and billed for, in stages. Epicor enables your business to give prices on the entire lot or the individual prices for rough-in or finished goods. That prevents your customers from shopping around and pricing items individually, so that you can increase your profit margins. After you’ve closed the deal, Epicor can handle the release schedule for each group of items on the customer’s job. Both sides of your business-client relationship benefit! What’s more, Epicor can allow business leaders to manage customer’s inventory, an increasingly expected feature that will allow your plumbing company to stand out from the competition.

Find out how Epicor can transform your business by downloading the Epicor Plumbing Wholesale Success Story.

Why You Should Choose Datix to Build Plumbing Wholesale ERP

Epicor ERP can truly make your life as a plumbing wholesaler easier, but it won’t be able to do that straight out of the box. Yes, Epicor does specialize in manufacturing and distribution solutions, but by nature it is not built to specialize in verticals right away—it needs to be able to cater to its wide range of customers after all. That’s why you need a specialist with in-depth knowledge both of Epicor ERP, and of your industry needs, to build an Epicor ERP solution that has the capabilities to support the plumbing wholesale business. That includes dealing with discerning customers and to store thousands of part numbers and product details.

Datix has almost 20 years of experience with Epicor ERP. Our expert consultants have helped many businesses from all industries—across manufacturing and distribution—implement ERP that works for them. We can help your plumbing wholesale business do just that. Get in contact with us today to learn how we can get started on your solution.