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Growing Distribution Industry Leader

9/7/2017

MORSCO supplies more than 80,000 commercial and residential plumbing, HVAC, and PVF products to approximately 25,000 customers nationwide.  Founded in 1917 in Fort Worth, Texas, MORSCO was once known as Morrison Supply. The growing company renamed itself in 1926, in recognition of the elderly J.T. Morrison’s leadership.  Nearly throughout the last ten decades, MORSCO continues to be a leading U.S. distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, waterworks and HVAC, with showrooms across the country.MORSCO - Growing Distribution Industry Leader
 
With seven separate companies consisting of 164 branches in 12 states that generate $1.2 billion in annual sales, the company outgrew their homegrown system. Phil Osborn, vice president of customer and pricing strategies commented, "The old system couldn’t even accommodate our ongoing growth, since the field for tracking branches only went to 99 and we had already passed the 100-store milestone."

To sum up, the main challenge was synchronizing the information generated by 164 separate branches at one centralized location because every branch operated differently and data had to be sent manually to the corporate office. 

Epicor Eclipse benefits
After an intense search of the right ERP for the company, MORSCO initiated the phased rollout of the Epicor Eclipse software solution.
"Our goal is to be the supplier of choice for contractors based throughout the Southwest and beyond," said Christine Tine, chief information officer. "We have a very aggressive growth strategy that’s founded on the continual acquisition of successful businesses and new openings bound together with existing stores operating the same world-class technologies and back office solutions."

With the Eclipse implementation, MORSCO:

  • Increased profit margins by 2–3 percent in first year of operation
  • Fostered haggle-free pricing and set product charges at each branch
  • Improved more than 50 operational processes
  • Increased capital by lowering excess inventory
  • Helped develop a focused sourcing strategy

"We looked at numerous ERP systems, but they would have required a great deal of customization to meet our needs," added Tine. "Eclipse immediately handled our business right out of the box. We now have one system that works equally well for everyone and is poised to seamlessly blend new acquisitions and stores with our existing companies."

To learn more about how MORSCO enhanced its operational efficiencies, continue reading here.

 

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