DIRECT STORE DELIVERY SOFTWARE
According to Wikipedia, Direct Store Delivery (DSD) is a business process that manufacturers use to both sell and distribute goods directly to point of sales (PoS) or point of consumption (PoC) including additional product and market related services such as merchandising, information gathering, or equipment service and bypassing any retailer or wholesaler logistics.
Within the DSD framework, small businesses find themselves needing to manage their truck inventories (multi-location tracking in the QuickBooks world) as well as track the sales and accounting that occur on those trucks on a daily basis.
I was recently introduced to the folks at LaceUp, a solution dedicated to the DSD business model, and wanted to share some insights about them with you as provided by Mickey Hernandez, the CEO of LaceUp...
INTRODUCING LaceUp: Direct Store Delivery (DSD) Software & Route Accounting for QuickBooks
LaceUp Solutions is an affordable direct store delivery application for wholesale and distributors that ties into QuickBooks desktop versions (Pro, Premier and Enterprise), and QuickBooks Online.
With LaceUp you can automate your day to day deliveries and manage the inventory on your trucks. Never waste time again manually keying in data to QuickBooks, and eliminate expensive employee tasks that reduce productivity and create costly errors
Truck Inventory Tracking
On a daily basis the inventory levels on your trucks fluctuate. Inventory is sold, products get credited, and orders get returned. With LaceUp you can track each unit of product that goes on and off your truck to minimize theft and increase sales efficiency for each route. Truck inventory tracking offers many features to allow you to manage your route efficiently:
- Inventory levels decrease when customers get invoiced
- Inventory levels increase with voids and returns
- Track credits from the customer all the way to the warehouse
- Transfer inventory mid-day on to the truck or off the truck
- Associate specific lot numbers to invoices and customers
Additional Features of LaceUp
On each route there are opportunities to increase sales and minimize credits. LaceUp offers your route drivers a customizable invoice template based on previous sales history for each customer. This ensures that your driver always sells the right products and quantities while avoiding the sale of products that would otherwise become stale.
Before the first delivery is ever made, each distributor has a team of sales reps opening new accounts and capturing sales orders. With LaceUp, sales reps can use the sales interface to key in orders in seconds. From any Android or iOS device, sales reps can view real time pricing and inventory. Moreover, the company can set up special offers for sales reps to facilitate the sale of products during holidays or stagnant selling seasons.
- Mobile Invoicing and Printing
Offers distribution companies of all sizes next generation technology on the iPhone and Android that enables your sales reps to create, print and send invoices to your customers on the go. Capture signatures at the point of delivery and use Bluetooth for mobile printing of proof of deliveries.
LaceUp is the first DSD software that enables QuickBooks distributors to DEX with retailers. DEX is a method of EDI used by the direct store delivery industry to transmit invoices digitally into a retailer’s computer system. This enables the retailer’s receiver to accept an invoice without having to key in the invoice into their system, thus avoiding costly data entry and errors. Route drivers who use DEX EDI get in and out of stops an average of 30 minutes faster.
A free trial of LaceUp is available for a "try before you buy" approach to solving the route accounting and truck inventory management needs of your DSD business.