Optimize your Food Distribution business with ERP software built for your industry.
Generic business software doesn’t understand you or your business. We provide NorthScope ERP software and step-by-step guidance for Food Distributors, giving them the tools to build the business they’ve always wanted.
As a food distributor, your time should be spent…
Efficiently Fulfilling Your Orders
Proactively Engaging With Your Customers
Analyzing & Ensuring Order Profitability
Managing Your Delivery Schedules
Processing & Repacking To Fulfill Orders
Effectively Managing Your Inventory
Your time shouldn’t be wasted struggling with software that slows you down.
But there’s a problem…
Your system wasn’t designed for your workflow or order volume.
One characteristic shared by many food distributors is a high volume of small Sales Orders. If your system wasn’t designed for the complexities of your business, it’s costing you time and efficiency. NorthScope offers many tools to streamline order entry and fulfillment such as Price List Management, Customer Favorites, and batch updating of multiple transactions at the same time.
You're managing key aspects of your business with Word and Excel.
If your system wasn’t built for your business you’ve had to take matters into your own hands. This often means using handwritten documents for order fulfillment and Excel for everything including delivery schedules, Price Lists, and Inventory Management. NorthScope offers robust features rolled into one solution to help you succeed.
You’re unable to easily and accurately measure profit and other sales analysis.
In a fast-paced, make-to-order environment, knowing the profit margin of each item on a sales order is crucial. Accurate profit analysis goes beyond just knowing product cost, it must also factor in Brokerage, Promotions, Delivered Freight, and other accruals. NorthScope delivers all this and more.
Your system doesn’t help schedule your deliveries.
You don’t have enough visibility to your inventory.
If your system cannot give you visibility to all your inventory, you could be missing sales. Your sales team needs real-time visibility to On hand and Available balances of Finished Goods inventory as they are keying in orders. They also need visibility to Work in Process items that can be further processed/repacked for make-to-order sales. NorthScope’s inventory gives you all this and more.
You're juggling multiple non-integrated systems to manage your business.
If you have non-integrated systems for order entry, pricing, costing, brokerage, promotions, inventory, and/or accounting, you’re probably feeling some pain. This requires additional data entry and often forces companies to only record transactions after the fact, rather than using their systems to manage the entire workflow. NorthScope is a fully integrated system designed to help you manage transactions throughout their entire lifecycle.
You don’t have system support from a team that understands your company.
Software vendors may guarantee support beyond implementation, but many vanish after the sale or pass your off to people you’ve never worked with who don’t understand your business. We strive to create a long-term partnership, so we not only understand your industry, but we invest in making sure our team understands your specific company.
Your software isn’t current and prevents you from leveraging new technology.
Software built on outdated platforms could be hurting your efficiency or preventing you from utilizing new technology. If your software is no longer growing with your business, it may be preventing your business from growing. NorthScope is built on a modern platform that allows you to take advantage of current tools.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these problems, NorthScope can help!
How NorthScope Can Help
Optimize your business for profitability.
One of your top priorities is making sure you’re hitting your margins and the only way you can do that is by ensuring your inventory is full of product that’s selling and is selling at the right price. NorthScope combines flexible price lists with robust inventory management and visibility and sales analysis to help you do just that. With sales orders that pull prices from custom price lists and display margins based on the item’s actual cost, you can see exactly how you’re measuring up to your profit goals. Plus, NorthScope allows you to make item substitutions so you don’t lose out on the sale due to out of stock inventory while still maintaining margins.
Manage your customers’ expectations with ease.
You interact with your customers a lot and they rely on you to answer their questions and give them the information they’re looking for – and you need to follow through. As such, your salespeople need access to real-time inventory while on the road and they need the ability to substitute products for out of stock inventory on the fly based on defaults. They also need visibility into order history during order entry as well as robust sales analysis to answer questions on the fly. NorthScope provides all of this and more. The cherry on top? NorthScope lets you configure customer promises and expectations with customer- and customer address-specific: notes, defaults, favorites, substitutions, item numbers, price lists, credit limits and more.
Complete Inventory Visibility & Control
Get the insight you need to make strategic inventory decisions.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an easy way to look at and evaluate the movement of your inventory and inventory levels? With NorthScope, you can. NorthScope provides detailed visibility into your real-time inventory status that drills down all the way to the orders inventory items sold on so you can make strategic decisions to keep the product that sells and not the product that’s stagnant. You no longer have to be limited by inaccurate inventory balances or a disconnect between your inventory and sales – get complete control over and visibility into your inventory.
Align your business and plan accordingly with integrated orders, production and shipments.
With a high volume of orders coming in each day that are going to multiple different destinations with many different load configurations, you need to be able to manage your process from production through order fulfillment and delivery. NorthScope makes this process simple by providing completely integrated inventory, sales and load management. Instead of relying on tedious manual processes for remembering and fulfilling a customer’s unique request, you can use NorthScope’s order notes or user-defined fields to track any customization you’d like. And, instead of manually allocating ordered product, NorthScope helps you auto-allocate and then, once you’ve allocated your product you can use NorthScope’s mass update functionality to update them all at once instead of order by order. NorthScope was built to help save you time.
Control how your software supports your business.
You should be able to manage your business the way you want – NorthScope’s user-defined fields let you customize the information you want and require without the cost of customization while custom workflows allow you to determine the steps an order must go through and the unique requirements for each of those steps. Additionally, unlike other software providers, our first priority is understanding the unique needs of your business and helping work through your problems to create solutions. This partnership-focused approach doesn’t end once you’ve gone live with NorthScope, we continuously add new features to our software based on your feedback to make your life easier. That means support for your business needs can be added to the application as a supported feature, we can build new integrations to support applications you’re already using, and more.
Learn how NorthScope can help optimize your Food Distribution business with ERP software built for your industry.
With Food Distribution, your job is more than delivering food products. You want to keep your customers coming back so you prioritize keeping them happy. Therefore, your food distribution ERP software should, too.
You don’t just need an accounting system, you need an accounting system with enterprise level sales order entry that allows you to go beyond record keeping to process management and manage multiple companies within the same system so you can grow your business seamlessly. You don’t just need an inventory system, you need an inventory system that acts as a traceability system with production batch tracking that provides the visibility you need to make strategic inventory decisions. You don’t just need to be able to manage ship-to addresses, you need to be able to plan and manage loads and shipments. You don’t just need a food distribution management system, you need a food distribution management system that can automate auto-calculate promotions, maintain accurate pricing with customer price lists, and more. You don’t just need an ERP system, you need food distribution ERP software that understands your industry and serves as accounting software, food distribution software, inventory software, sales software and more all in one. Read More
NorthScope was built with your industry and your pain points in mind. With NorthScope, we want you to succeed. We want you to succeed so badly that we’re more interested in a successful software implementation for you than in selling our next deal. And to make sure that happens, we will guide you every step of the way to ensure that NorthScope is the solution to your problems and we don’t stop trying to solve your problems where NorthScope ends, we’ll go beyond our software to help support your Food Distribution business. We want to help make your problems go away.
Before NorthScope, you may have experienced any one of the following: non-integrated systems, lost support for an old and outdated system, a cost to upgrade that was too high, the inability to acquire new companies in an efficient way due to your limiting software, a difficult-to-use system, outgrowing Quickbooks (or something like it), never-ending implementations or handwriting and hand-keying information, possibly multiple times, which presented a lot of room for error.
After NorthScope, your problems will go away. Your problems will go away because we help solve them – we don’t just put a bandaid on it whether it’s in scope or out of scope of the project, we care about walking through the steps to fix the issue by understanding why it happens so that we can do it the right way, the first time, even if that means taking more time and doing more non-billable work to ensure the success of your project. After NorthScope, you’ve entered into a partnership where we’ll hold your hand through implementation and beyond, work with you and provide you the tools to build the business you’ve always wanted.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is ERP software?
The ERP in ERP software stands for enterprise resource planning, which means that ERP software is software that helps you manage your various business processes with a single, shared database across multiple functions and business units. With NorthScope, you get one system to manage your GL, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Inventory, Brokerage, Rebates & Promotions, Sales, Fisherman Accounting, Grower Accounting, and Loads.
Will NorthScope work for my company?
NorthScope was built to serve food businesses specifically in the Alaska Seafood, Wild Seafood, Fruit, Vegetable, & Nut and Aquaculture Processing industries as well as Food Manufacturing and Food Distribution industries. It’s best for small to medium companies requiring as little as 3 NorthScope users to as many as 100+! NorthScope is great for those who have outgrown Quickbooks (or something like it) and some common pain points our customers experienced before switching to NorthScope were: non-integrated systems preventing them from achieving their goals, lost support for the solution they had because it was old and outdated and not maintained, too high of a cost to migrate or upgrade the solution they had, an inability to efficiently acquire new companies with the solution they had, a difficult to use system, and/or never-ending implementations because of a system that wasn’t tailored to their business or wasn’t implemented by a company with expertise in their industry.
What does NorthScope integrate with?
For our current customers, NorthScope has various integrations including EDI, barcode, eLandings, document imaging, scale weight, Microsoft Dynamics GP, trace register, cold storage and more. Additionally, all NorthScope functional areas integrate with each other. We’re constantly improving and adding integrations to NorthScope to offer the best, most efficient solution for our customers so if you don’t see an integration you’d like on this list, it doesn’t mean we can’t or won’t make it happen!
How is NorthScope hosted and accessed?
NorthScope is web-based software that you host based on your preference, whether that’s on a physical server that your company maintains or a cloud server, which can be included with the purchase of NorthScope. Once NorthScope hosting is established, you can access NorthScope from anywhere so long as you have an internet connection and a supported web browser – no individual computer installation necessary!
How many people can use NorthScope at one time?
When you purchase NorthScope you purchase with it as many user licenses as you need and you always have the option of purchasing more licenses as needed. These licenses are concurrent, meaning that you don’t pay for the total number of users but the number of users that are allowed to be logged in at one time. Additionally, any one NorthScope instance can have multiple companies or divisions within it, allowing you to switch between companies without having to log in and out!
How long do NorthScope implementations take and why?
NorthScope implementations average 3-9 months. This is because NorthScope is super configurable in order to give you the control and to avoid custom code (which is too expensive and unnecessary). That means we put a lot of effort into understanding your business and your data to make sure that we get NorthScope setup as best as possible for you to use most efficiently and seamlessly immediately upon go live. Additionally, a lot of software companies only care about selling their solution and moving on to finding their next dollar, but that’s not us. We care about you and your success, which is why we’re thorough in our implementation process in order for NorthScope to help you succeed. And we don’t just stop at NorthScope, we’ll help you improve your business processes along the way, too.