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EPICOR Software has announced several new enhancements to its solution for wholesale distributors, Epicor for Distribution.

These enhancements, designed specifically for distributors providing third-party logistics (3PL) services, will help companies streamline operational efficiencies while improving the level of service they provide to their customers.

Local research indicates that the Australian 3PL provider market is growing by 18 to 22 per cent per year.

Keeping pace with this trend, the new features in Epicor for Distribution are designed to enable 3PL providers to further streamline processes, reduce overhead costs and achieve more profitable operations.

Epicor's 3PL module gives warehouse managers unprecedented flexibility in setting up customer accounts.

The 3PL system tracks time and costs and creates invoices for the majority of pricing configurations, including monthly space charges and fees for value-added services performed (such as labelling, kitting and reporting).

Users can also amortise certain overhead expenses across other invoiced items, in addition to other capabilities.

Users create customer 'templates' by entering the parameters of the account, such as space costs, services and reports required and other contract terms, in the Epicor for Distribution suite's warehouse module.

The actual space used and services performed are tracked by hand-held computers and/or barcode devices, and the data is updated in real-time, in the warehouse module.

Epicor developed the 3PL solution with the realisation that no two warehousing agreements are alike, and warehouse owners needed a faster, less time-intensive way of setting up and tracking customer accounts to remain profitable and operate smoothly.

In addition to the recent 3PL enhancements, Epicor has added a graphical view of the warehouse that also enables distributors to better manage their operations.

This new feature provides an interactive, graphical interface that generates a floor plan of the warehouse, in which users can quickly check inventory levels by scanning up and down aisles vertically and horizontally and simply pointing and clicking on the bin or rack shown on their computer screen.

The data displayed on the screen is pulled from information previously entered into the inventory management module, eliminating the need for redundant data entry and decreasing potential for human error.

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