The #1 Best IT Investment for Distributors

June 18, 2019 Greg Williams

In the distribution industry, competition is fierce and budgets can be tight. If you could only invest in one technology solution, what would it be? Distributors ask us for advice on this every day, and our experts share our recommendation in our latest white paper, Top 5 Challenges Facing Durable Goods Distributors and How to Overcome Them.

It is hard to imagine an investment that can make a bigger impact than an integrated ERP solution built to manage and transform your entire organization from sales to marketing to finance and operations.

With so many choices in the world of ERP software—how do you, as a growing distributor, choose the best one with the fastest return on investment? With over 30 years of experience, we spend our days answering this very question.

There is one integrated ERP solution that stands above the rest for distributors in terms of functionality, ease of use and affordability—Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance.

Why are distributors choosing Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations with Western Computer’s distribution apps—365CounterSales, 365ParcelShip and 365VendorRebates? Read our new white paper to learn about the disruptors facing your industry and how these solutions are transforming these challenges into opportunities.  

Top 5 Challenges Facing Durable Goods Distributors & How to Overcome Them

What is Dynamics 365?

Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based (or on premise), integrated ERP solution that offers end-to-end business management. It connects your entire organization into one system, eliminating the need for separate systems. You can pick and choose what you need today and grow into additional features in the future.  Current functionality includes Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Field Service, Finance and Operations, Retail, Talent, and more. Licensing has been simplified as a SaaS subscription with the added flexibility to choose full user licenses or ‘team member’ licenses at a reduced cost.

Best of all, your users will feel comfortable with the interface and its similarities to other Microsoft offerings such as Office, Outlook, and SharePoint among others. This makes the software easy to learn and to integrate with your current environment.

Why Should Distributors Choose Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations? 

Maybe you have an older system that your organization has outgrown. Maybe you have a collection of third-party ISV applications that are expensive to maintain and are not fully integrated. Perhaps you need warehouse management or retail functionality, but don’t have the budget to purchase, customize and maintain them. 


Whatever your motivation, D365FO is a great choice that offers you flexibility now and into the future. You only pay for the functionality you need at that time—simply add features and users as you grow or change. Since it is cloud-based, there are no worries about outdated software. All software upgrades happen automatically behind the scenes.


With Microsoft’s commitment to innovation and security, and Western Computer’s 30 years of distribution experience, you have unmatched expertise backing you and the peace of mind knowing your investment will stand the test of time.


Here are just a few examples of distribution capabilities with D365FO:

  • Accelerated sales and purchasing
  • Robust inventory planning and forecasting
  • Real-time financial accounting
  • Full warehouse management
  • Streamlined retail management
  • Integrated parcel shipping
  • Automated vendor rebate claims and tracking
  • Simplified global and intercompany transactions
  • Seamless omni-channel customer experience

Why should you choose Western Computer?

Western Computer has a full team of Dynamics 365 and distribution experts who can help you select and implement the best solution for your operations and budget. We specialize in your industry which means we have also developed customizations, extensions and apps for Dynamics 365 to solve your unique challenges.


Learn more about Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Western Computer by reading our white paper the Top 5 Challenges Facing Durable Goods Distributors and How to Overcome Them, and then contact us to schedule a personalized demonstration so you can see it in action. 

About the Author

Greg Williams

As Western Computer's VP of Strategy, Greg Williams is responsible for aligning the company's product and service offerings with customers.

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