Brake & Equipment Warehouse Upgrading from Epicor Ultimate to Flagship Epicor Vision Distribution Management System

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Epicor customer Brake & Equipment Warehouse, a leading automotive parts distributor based in Minneapolis, Minn., is accelerating its business processes with plans to upgrade from Epicor Ultimate business management software to the next-generation Epicor Vision distribution management system. The easy-to-use Epicor Vision system is designed to help parts distributors like Brake & Equipment Warehouse-which has supplied customers across the upper Midwest U.S. with high-quality auto parts for more than half a century-drive stronger sales, margin growth and improved operational efficiency.


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Brake & Equipment Warehouse is one of many Epicor Ultimate users to seek measurable improvements by making the jump to the Vision solution. The software-which can be deployed either on premise or in the cloud-features world-class customer relationship management (CRM) tools, a centralized database, highly advanced price management and inventory capabilities, accounting, and comprehensive "central services" functionality for businesses that serve both company-owned and independent stores.

"Time is precious and very important in our business," said Brake & Equipment Warehouse Office Manager Kelly Warkenthien. "The upgrade to Vision software will give us more time to look deeper into how we're spending our money, where we're spending it, where we can cut costs, and where our capital can be better utilized."

Rick Huelsman, president of the company, said a driving force in its decision to choose the Vision solution over other software was the dependability of its existing Epicor platform. "We've loved the Epicor Ultimate software," he said. "It's really easy to navigate and to use, but it's an older system. As we continue to grow, we hope the Vision solution will give us added flexibility and allow us to work even faster."
 
Huelsman cited the Vision solution's user-friendly, Windows-based architecture as a feature that will allow all users, including the company's sales professionals, to easily "multi-task" throughout the day, leading to enhanced operational efficiency and control and improved customer service. The new solution's enhanced reporting capabilities will also enable the company to identify opportunities to reduce costs and increase sales across existing and new customers, he said.

Brake & Equipment Warehouse offers a variety of in-house services-including plasma cutting, production of custom brake hoses and lines, cylinder sleeving, and other machine shop services-that help provide clear competitive differentiation within its market. With benefits like real-time inventory access, enhanced channel visibility, and other capabilities that cater to the needs of today's leading parts distributors, this solution will help the company improve its competitive advantage further.

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