5 Strategic Advantages Distributors Gain with D365FO

May 7, 2019 Greg Williams

To be a successful distributor in today’s world, do you feel you are having to work harder to overcome the major disruptions in distribution? Technology advances continue to change the way the market operates from the standpoint of both distributors and customers.


Competitive distributors are fine-tuning their processes with real-time warehouse management, data-driven marketing, and tech stacks that work together to manage every single aspect of their business—from landing inventory costs to B2B marketing.


If you want to maintain your margins, it’s time to go digital. As businesses look for more strategic ways to beat the competition, many distributors are moving to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.   


Why Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations for distribution?

1. Benefit from the cloud

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is offered as a SaaS product that has been built on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Switching to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations brings you the numerous benefits of transitioning to the cloud—lower cost of ownership, eliminating the need for private infrastructure, increased mobile access, automatic updates, and module-based subscriptions.

9 Game Changing Reasons Distributors Move to Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations

2. Gain an integrated warehouse management system

Warehouse management systems (WMS) have traditionally been separate from financial solutions, which required an expensive investment and integrations. Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations includes robust WMS capabilities with barcode scanning built into the system.


3. Increase visibility with real-time data and automated forecasting

Traditionally, financial applications and warehouse management solutions allowed users to understand the past by recording information and then sharing it in the form of reports. With Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, you gain insight into the past, present and the future of your organization. With real-time data access, you can accurately understand your financial picture as it changes. Automated forecasting powered by machine learning helps you anticipate changes and make better, more proactive decisions.


4. Provide a better retail experience

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations offers customer information management that provides information whenever and wherever you need it, allowing your organization to provide customers with the best possible experience. Integrated retail, e-commerce, call center, and sales order functionality provides the omnichannel experience that today’s customers have come to expect. In addition, Western Computer’s 365CounterSales app adds functionality such as consolidated customer information and enhanced search capabilities.


5. Access additional apps or build your own

Western Computer’s durable goods distributor solutions integrate with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations to provide even more robust functionality.


  • With 365CounterSales, you can enhance your retail operations and integrate your counter sales process with the rest of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.
  • With 365VendorRebates, you can automate the entire process of managing vendor rebate claims.
  • And our 365ParcelShip application makes it easy to ship and manage small parcels through multiple carriers inside Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.


Additionally, Dynamics 365 also offers the capabilities to build your own apps without needing a programmer.


Build a foundation for the future

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations can enable your distribution business to find success despite modern disruptions to the marketplace. To learn more about the advantages of the solution, read our infographic 9 Game-Changing Reasons Distributors Move to Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations.


For over 30 years, Western Computer has specialized in helping distributors grow and thrive, and we’d love to help you find answers to meet your needs. Contact us with questions or to schedule a personal consultation today.

About the Author

Greg Williams

As Western Computer's Dynamics Practice Manager, Greg Williams is responsible for aligning the company's product and service offerings with the specific needs of its customers. Greg's 15 years of experience with ERP implementations in the manufacturing and distribution industries allows him to identify potential risks and immediately mitigate them with creative solutions.

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