Lawson Software has made generally available Lawson QuickStep for Distribution, a preconfigured enterprise resource planning (ERP) application package created expressly for distribution companies. The tool is designed to help users cut traditional ERP implementation time by up to 50 percent, the vendor said. It combines Lawson's industry-specific functionality with expertise in software implementation. Companies can manage a high velocity of transactions, handle complexities associated with multiple product types and measuring units, and coordinate a variety of delivery methods, including drop-ship, buyer collect and joint delivery. The system also supports flexible pricing, discounts, rebates and promotions. Users can better control specialized "buy-to-order" situations, especially for goods that are outside of their standard product catalogs. Also supported are value-added services such as light manufacturing and servicing. QuickStep for Distribution provides online sales statistics, including overall sales, margins and service analysis at the organizational and product levels.
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