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Winzer Corp. Selects Epicor to Provide Wholesale Distribution ERP for National Network

Epicor distribution solution to assist fastener franchisees across the country.

Epicor Software Corp., a provider of business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, announced that Winzer Corp. of Dallas, TX, has selected the Epicor® Prophet 21® wholesale distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution as the IT backbone to advance its business to the next level.

With four distribution centers and nine branch locations, Winzer Corp. is a diversified national distributor of maintenance and repair items to the industrial, fleet and automotive marketplace, providing access to more than a million different fasteners, tools and other supplies. Winzer sells to a broad range of customers through a network of independent franchise owners—the only model of its kind in the fastener industry. These 500+ franchisees will have direct access into the Epicor wholesale distribution ERP to enter their own orders and service their customers.

The decision to choose the Epicor platform was driven by the solution’s alignment to a broad range of business requirements, according to Rich Funkhouser, vice president of information technology for Winzer. “Beyond delivering products to customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, it is critical that Winzer franchise owners have the most up-to-date information and tools available,” says Funkhouser. “The Epicor wholesale distribution solution provides the features and, more importantly, the benefits that we were seeking for the Winzer organization. In particular, we believe the integration of the Epicor solution will play a key role in accomplishing our goals of providing real-time status on orders, inventories and other key aspects of franchise-customer needs.”

“The national scale and scope of Winzer Corp., totaling 1,000 users, make it one of the largest Epicor Prophet 21 installations to date,” said Kevin Roach, executive vice president and general manager, ERP Americas for Epicor. “Winzer saw that Epicor could configure a wholesale distribution ERP solution that would best fit their business. They were impressed with our technology and vision. We were also able to provide a highly customized hardware configuration to meet their requirements and show that we could support a comprehensive, long-term IT partnership.”

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