When performing an ERP selection for a distribution based company needing strong warehouse management, Sage X3 ERP should be on the list. As part of the Adonix acquisition, Sage acquired a legacy warehouse management software package called Tolas. After the acquisition of Adonix and Tolas, Sage wrote the WMS features directly into their ERP software and used the same database as all the other modules in X3. This created a very strong WMS solution that can be used via a RF gun or via a Windows Client on a normal PC.
Within the purchasing functionality Sage X3 has a separate supplier catalog. Sage X3 recommends brining in all active and non-stock items into the item master. It offers the ability to filter and search on categories to see the active vs. potentially active SKU’s. Sage X3 also has a very nice supplier scorecard.
Strong drop shipment features nicely complement the purchasing functionality. Within customer service Sage X3 supports all of the drop ship and direct ship requirements that are necessary in distribution.
Sage X3 excels in supporting WMS for distributors. Each warehouse facility can be setup with different rules for receipt, pick, pack, and shipping. Each location within a warehouse can also be defined as a type of location (e.g., bulk vs. pick), with characteristics for each. Sage X3 also offers serialization and lot control at an individual item level. This is further enhanced by the ability to track product in a warehouse within a license plate or pallet level identifier.
Replenishment is a batch process which can be setup to run every few minutes. A pick can be generated by zone, which will then arrive at the pack location. In addition to zone picking, multiple orders can be consolidated into one shipment and delivered via a route schedule. For small package shipments X3 can recommend the box size required to pack an order and integrates nicely to FedEx and UPS.
Based on our review, we definitely believe Sage X3 ERP software offers all the capabilities needed to successfully purchase, track, and distribution goods. The advanced WMS capabilities makes this ERP product a strong contender for distribution companies.