ERP Software bolsters distributors' management capabilities.

Press Release Summary:

Lawson QuickStep for Distribution helps distribution companies minimize ERP implementation times and cost of implementation services. Pre-packaged solution offers industry-specific functionality and best practices with deep knowledge and understanding of distribution and implementation. In addition to providing online sales statistics, software helps manage velocity of transactions in supply chain and handles complexities associated with diverse range of product types.

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Lawson Introduces QuickStep for Distributors, an ERP Solution

St. Paul, MN: Lawson Software announced the general availability of Lawson QuickStep for Distribution, a pre-configured ERP application package created specifically for the needs of distribution companies.

Lawson QuickStep for Distribution is designed to help distribution companies cut traditional ERP implementation times by up to 50 percent, reducing the cost of implementation services and allowing firms to be up-and-running on their enterprise applications more quickly, which ultimately helps provide a faster return on investment.

Lawson QuickStep solutions package Lawson's industry-specific functionality with the company's deep knowledge and understanding of distribution -- combined with Lawson's implementation skills. Lawson has been introducing QuickStep solutions for targeted industries since November 2006.

The solutions incorporate industry best practices that are based on the expertise Lawson has gained by carrying out thousands of implementations over more than 20 years.

Lawson QuickStep for Distribution is a full-functionality enterprise application suite providing the functionality that distribution firms require. Specifically, QuickStep for Distribution helps companies:

Manage the high velocity of transactions common in a distribution firm's supply chain;
Handle the complexities associated with a distribution firm's diverse range of product types and units of measure;
Coordinate a variety of delivery methods, including drop-ship, buyer collect and joint delivery;
Execute high volume processes, including cross docking and automated transport planning;
Support flexible pricing, discounts, rebates and promotions;
Control specialized "buy-to-order" situations, particularly for goods that are outside of a distribution firm's standard product catalog;
Support value-added services such as light manufacturing and servicing.

In addition, Lawson QuickStep for Distribution provides online sales statistics, including overall sales, margins and service analysis at both the organizational level and the product level.

"Our QuickStep solutions address two major challenges for our customers -- the need for full functionality, industry-specific enterprise software solutions and the need for rapid implementation and time-to-value," says John Gledhill, global director of product development for Lawson.

"Lawson QuickStep for Distribution is our latest offering, designed and built on our expertise and understanding of the specific needs of distribution organizations. Distribution firms need powerful solutions that are simpler to own, implement and use -- with the kind of visibility into supply chains and other enterprise activities needed to help them compete globally."

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