Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software Comparison for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

A comprehensive, independent review of Discrete Manufacturing ERP software for the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry. Below is a side-by-side comparison with an easy-to-navigate matrix comparing general data (e.g. price, financing options, etc.), materials management, sales order management, financial management, production management, supply chain management, and customer relationship management, plus any additional capabilities each vendor might provide. Click on the links to dive deeper into each vendor's software or request a free demo to get more hands-on experience.
  General Data
  Product Nameabas ERPEnterpriseIQSYSPROEpicor ERPSage ERP X3Plex Manufacturing CloudNetSuite ERPGlobal Shop SolutionsMicrosoft Dynamics NAVExpandable ERP Priority Software ERP
  Version201615.27.010.007Always CurrentAlways Current2016.220169.3.017.3
  Price Range$75K and up-$50K- $2M$25K-500K onsite$4K -500K$2600/ user-$5K + per month-$10K-100K$5K-500K$8K-$250K$20K-200K or$250/User/Mo $1,400-$3,000/license
  Financing OptionsLease, FinancingLease, Financing, Leasing Options, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, SubscriptionLease, Owner Financing, Lease to ownOwner Financing, Lease to ownSubscriptionSubscriptionFinancing, Leasing OptionsLease, Owner Financing, FinancingSubscription, LicensedSubscription, Licensed
  User Range10-2505-Unlimited4-10001-2000+20-1000+20-1000+10+unlimited3-10005-7501-Unlimited5-1,000
  Multi SiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
  Multi NationalYesyesYes, 60+ Countries YesYesYesYesYes40+ CountriesYesYes
  ArchitectureSOA / Multi-tierSOA, .NETSOA, XML, WebserviceSOA SaaS Multitenant SOASAAS, MultitenantSOA.NETWindows ClientServeAll current Windows
  Database PlatformCloud-Based (Saas), abas Open Object Oriented Database, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas), Amazon Web services (Cloud)MS SQL Server, Other, Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MAC OSMS SQL Server, Oracle, Cloud-Based (Saas)Cloud-Based (Saas), Universally Compatible w/all Data Base PlatformsMS SQL Server, Progress, IBM DB2, Other, Oracle, ODBC Compliant, Proprietary`, Customized per Client, Pervasive, Power, Sage ProvideX, Sybase, Cloud-Based (Saas), PostgreSQL, MS SQL Express, abas Open Object Oriented Database, MS Access, IBM UniData/UniVerse, Universally Compatible w/all Data Base Platforms, Quickbooks, Salesforce, Multi-Tenant SAAS on the SalesForce CloudMS SQL Server, ODBC Compliant, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas), MS SQL Express, MS Access, Microsoft AzureMS SQL Server, Cloud-Based (Saas)MS SQL Server, Oracle, MS SQL Express
  Server OSLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, Unix, .NETWindowsLinux, Windows, UnixLinux, Windows, UnixCompatible w/all Operating SystemsMac OS, Windows, Unix, Novell NetwareWindowsMac OS, Windows, Compatible w/all Operating SystemsWindowsLinux, Windows, Unix
  Materials Management
    Inventory Management    Inventory Control    Inventory Management    Advanced Material Mgmt.    Inventory Control    Inventory Summary    Multi-location Inventory for Distributor    Bar Coding        Consignment Inventory     Materials Management Overview  
    Material requirements planning (MRP)    Vendor Managed Inventory    Lot Traceability    Bar Coding        Inventory Tracking    Advanced Shipping    Bill of Materials        Inventory Accuracy     Mobile Devices, Barcode & RFID  
   Material Cost Posting    Wireless Warehouse Management System        Handheld        Bill of Materials    Bin Management    Data Collection        Inventory Control    Picking and Shipping  
   Scheduling            Material Handler Interface        Bar Coding    Order Promising    Inventory Control        Inventory RESTful API     Receiving & Put-Away  
   Warehouse Management            Material Movement        Job Tracking System    Real-Time Sustem    Inventory Management        Lot Tracking    Replenishment  
               Prioritize Orders        Material Requirements Planning    Return Materials Authorization    Materials & Inventory        Materials Management    Traceability  
               Sales Order Allocation                Materials Purchasing        Serial & Lot Production Control RESTful APIs      
                               Materials Solutions        Serial Number Tracking       
                               Physical Inventory              
                               Wireless System              
  Sales Order Management
   Costing    Packing Slip & Shipping Management    Document Flow Mgmt.    Order Management    Purchasing Management    Commission Tracking    Automated Order Processing    Complete Order Management    Service Management    Configuration Control     Orders  
   Invoicing    Quoting and Estimating    Ecommerce Shopping Cart    Sales Management    RF Warehousing    Competitor Intelligence Database    Automated Payments    Demand Management        Electronic Data Transmission    Price Quotes  
   Process History    Sales Orders    Point Of Sale    Demand Management    Sales Monitoring    Customer Orders    One Click Purchase Orders    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)        Pack-Out Ship     Tasks  
   Quotation Management        Report Writer    Electronic Data Interchange        E D I    Order Management    Invoice Order History        Quick Sales Order Entry       
   Sales Management Overview        Return Mgmt    Estimate / Quote Mgmt.        Order Entry & Tracking    Procure-to-Pay Purchasing    Order Enrty        Return Material Authorization      
   Shipping Order        Sales Analysis    Storefront        Quote Tracking    Real Time Order Status    Quoting & Estimating        Sales Order Credit Card Validation      
           Sales Orders            Sales Order    Self-Service Vendor Center    Return Merchandise Authorization        Sales Order Management       
                           Shipping Integration    Sales & Service Management        Shipping RESTful API       
                           Streamlined Receiving    Sales Application        Volume Pricing      
                               Shipping Logistics              
  Financial Management
   “What if” Financial Scenarios    Financial Overview    Budget Management    General Ledger    Business Intelligence    accounting Overview    General Ledger, Payables & Receivables    Accounting Application     Business Intelligence    Accounting RESTful APIs     Billing  
   Cost Accounting    General Ledger    Accounts Payable    Accounts Payable    Data Collection    Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable    Financial Summary    Accounts Payable    Financial Management    Accounts Payable     Budget Control  
   Financials and Accounting    Finanacial Reporting    Accounts Receivable    Accounts Receivable    Financial Overview    Costing    Advanced Billing    Accounts Receivable        Accounts Receivable     Cash Management  
   Fixed Assets    Accounts Payable    Activity Based Costing    Multi-Cureancy / Company        Expense Project Tracking    Amortization Schedules    Business Intelligence        Bank Reconciliation     Cost Control  
   Liquidity Planning    Accounts Receivable    Tax Management    Financial Mgmt Overview        Inventory Valuation    Multi-currency Transactions    Business Intelligence Application        Business Intelligence & Analytics    Financial Management Overview  
   Perpetual Inventory Costing    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)    Assests Register    Tax Connect        Multi-Company Financial Consolidation    Project Accounting    Cash Flow        Financial Reporting    Financial Statement Generator  
           Payroll    Cash / Asset Mgmt            Revenue Recognition    Financial Management        Foreign Currency     Fixed Assets  
           Analytics    Global Engines                Fixed Assets        General Ledger     Regulatory Compliance  
                               General Ledger        Multiple Company       
                               International Accounting              
                               Multi-Currency Management              
                               Payroll Management              
  Production Management
   CAD Integration    Bill of Manufacture (BOM)    Bill of Materials    Production Mgmt     Discrete Manufacturing    Barcode Labeling    Advanced Multi-location Inventory    Advanced Production Scheduling    Project Management    Integration For Finite Capacity    Production Management Overview  
   Production Summary    Engineering Change Order    Engineering Change Control    Advanced Production    Process Manufacturing    Capacity Planning    Aseembly Management    Cost Breakdown Application        Job Scheduling & Costing       
   Project Cost Accounting    Manufacturing & Production Reporting     Factory Documentation    Advanced Quality Mgmt        Complex Assembly    Work Order Management    Engineer-to-Order        Master Scheduling & Planning      
   Project Management    MES    Cost Tracking    Job Management        Labor & Time Tracking        Lean Manufacturing        Shop Floor Routing      
   Time Recording / Job Time    Material & Capacity Requirements Planning    Planning and Scheduling    Lean Manufacturing        Multi-Plants        Management Solutions              
   Work Order Management    Production Overview    Projects and Contracts    Manufacturing Execution Systm.        Plant Floor Mobile Access        Planning & Scheduling              
       Quality Management    Quality Mgmt    Planning & Scheduling        PLC Machine Integration        Production Configurator              
       Real Time Monitoring    Quotations    Planning and Scheduling        Preventative Maintenance        Project Management Application              
           Requirements Planning    Product Data Management        Production Scheduling Overview        Quality Control Application              
           Shop Clock            Shop Floor Control        Quality Tracking              
                       Statistical Process Controls        Shop Floor Control              
                               Shop Floor Data Collection Application              
                               Shop Management              
                               Software Preventative Maintenance Application              
                               TrueView Data Display Application              
  Supply Chain Management
   Purchasing    Capable to Promise    EDI Solution    Supply Chain Mgmt.        Online Order & Tracking    Supply Chain Overview    Advanced Planning and Scheduling    Supply Chain Management    e-Purchase Order Requisitions      
   Requisitions    Demand Planning    Freight Calculator    Inventory Management        Online Tool Release        Forecasting Trust        Electronic Data Transmission      
   Sales Planning & Forecasting    Materials Ordering    Inventory Forecasting    Purchase Management        Problem Control        Shipping & Receiving Management        Lot Tracking      
   Supplier Relationship Management    Outsource Central     Shipping Mgmt    Shipping & Receiving        Supplier Quality        Supplier Relationship Management         PO From SO Create Workbench      
               Sourcing        Supply Chain Overview        Supply Chain Manager        Purchasing      
               Supplier Relationship Mgmt.                        Purchasing RESTful API       
               Warehouse Management                        Serial & Lot Product Control       
                                       Serial Number Product Tracking      
  Customer Relationship Management
   Customer Relations Mgmt.    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)    Contact Management    Customer Relations Overview    CRM    Configurator Pricing     Incentive Management    CRM Application    Sales & Marketing    Customer Support     CRM Overview  
   Customer Relationship Management Overview        CRM for Syspro    Campaign Connect        Cost & Quote Estimating    Job and Project Tracking    Customer & Prospect Management        Expandable CRM      
               Case Management        Customer Master List    Partner Relationship    Customer Relationship Management        Integration for Salesforce CRM      
               Customer Relationship Management        Customer Relations Summary    Sales Order Management    Sales Forecasting              
               Information Worker        Field Service    Self Service Customer Portal    Sales Opportunity & Marketing Management               
               Lead / Opportunity Mgmt        Opportunity Tracking    Website    Service Management              
               Mobile Connect        Quick Quoter                      
               Service Management        Quote Tracking                      
  Additional Capabilities
    Electronic data interchange (EDI)    Payroll Processing    Document Mgmt    Cloud Deployment    Multi-Channel Retail and Direct Marketing    Business Intelligence    Real Time Dashboards     Simplified Label Printing    Human Resources    Additional Capabilities Overview    Mobile Solutions  
   Business Intelligence    Work Force Management    Espresso Mobile    Compliance Overview    Wholesale Distribution    Computer Aided Design    Security    Business Web        Business Intelligence Products      
   Multi-Site            Composite Applications        Document Control System        CAD Interface Application        Engineering Products      
               Composite Applications        E-Commerce        Crystal Reports        High Technology Package      
               Document Mgmt        Electronic Data Interchange        Data Conversion        Integration Programming Interfaces      
               Enterprise Content Mgmt        Groupware Communication        Document Control        Medical Technology Package      
               Enterprise Performance Mgmt        Human Resources Overview        Document Control Application        Product Management      
               Epicor Everywhere FrameworkEpicor Everywhere Frame        SmartPlex Mobile Access        Electronic Data Exchange        Quality & Regulatory      
               Global Business Mgmt                Global Application Builder        Security & Business Monitoring Products      
               Human Capital Mgmt.                Key Performance Indicators Application        Usability & Data Collection Utilities      
               ICE Business Architecture                Messaging System Application              
               Mobile                Mobile Wireless Application              
               Product Data Mgmt                Online System / Time and Attendance              
               Service Mgmt. Overview                Process Documentation & Training              
               Social Enterprise                RFID Technology Application              
               Subscription Services                              
               Web 2.0                              
  Services Support
   Upgrade Guarantee    IQMS EnterpriseIQ Training Programs     STARS    Business Process Outsourcing        Security    Customer Care    FastRESPONSE    Support Options    Client Support & Training Overview    Customer Service & Support Overview  
       IQMS Professional Services and Consulting    Support    Epicor Consulting        Training Strategies    NetSuite Central    Global Shop Solutions Consulting        Customer Support Module      
       IQMS Technical Support    Training and Education    Hosting Services            Site Consultation    Global Shop Solutions University        Direct Implementation Services      
       Software Updates and Maintenance Program        Learning & Educational Services                Learning & Educational Services        Meditech Validation Products & Services      
               Managed Services                Training Strategies         Support & Professional Services      
               Professional Services                        User Product & Process Training      
               Subscription Services                              

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