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IMARK Group Members get First Look at Game-changing Software in Chicago Next Week

xTuple vice president Wally Tonra, account executive Stacey Pandeloglou and software engineer Tom Atkins are suiting up for the big game. That ‘big game’ – in the world of industrial distribution – is the IMARK Showcase, an annual marketing conference and trade show that gives the group’s members an inside track on the latest products for wholesale distributors.

Key decision-making members meet one-on-one with IMARK Member Services Providers, such as xTuple, to build and strengthen invaluable relationships. The event offers an excellent opportunity to network and learn.

According to Tom Atkins, who has managed distribution implementations since the mid-1990s, “Distributors have three problems: items, items and items. There are just too many items available and/or needed for one distributor to carry them all; it’s a management nightmare.”

With that universal industry pain, xTuple ERP developed a special add-on package for Wholesale Distribution called xWD, which makes its debut at the annual IMARK Showcase on April 9 and 10, 2013. xWD extends xTuple ERP software‘s enterprise-class functionality for companies with sophisticated inventory control needs. Development enhancements were led by close collaboration with IMARK members.

“Time to huddle-up with this game-changing open source technology,” according to xTuple account executive Stacey Pandeloglou. “One feature of xTuple’s xWD is the external catalog which gives access – via a company such as Trade Service Integrated Products – to every offering for immediate sales fulfillment and generation of a corresponding purchase order.”

One of the primary motivations for the development of xWD was the integration of Trade Service with xTuple ERP. Established in 1931, subscription-based Trade Service, headquartered in San Diego, California (USA), serves a wide variety of distribution-heavy industries, such as electrical; plumbing; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R); pipes, valves and fittings (PVF); industrial; office products; and automotive. Trade Service is a content solution for these industries helping them effectively merchandise non-stock products (which could number in the millions of items) by providing standardized price updating services, catalog content and product reference publications.

Today the Trade Service customer base includes approximately 20,000 contractors and 12,000 distributors in the U.S. and Canada.

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