CPS Distributors, Inc.

Web Site:

Kansas City, MO

Marine Equipment

Former System:
Turns (Epicor)

Customer Profile:
A wholesale  distributor of marine audio products since 1971.  Covering North America, CPS carries a full line of marine grade electronics, speakers, and marine accessories.” 

Solution Highlights

Executive Summary
CPS is a family-owned business serving North America with top of line marine eqiupment.

“Centerprism service is excellent!   The team of Michaels continue to provide awesome reports to run our business better.  The software is easy to use and we are able to tailor it to our business. They are committed to our success. Overall, we are pleased to with Centerprism software and their team.”

Robert Naylor

CPS Distributors, Inc.

CPS Challenges

CPS looked for a technology partner who could provide functionality that wasn’t available with their current software, such as barcode scanning, wireless warehouse, and E-Commerce.  They also wanted personal, hands-on support and to know that whatever solution they selected would be around for the long haul.  They didn’t go with the typical large software vendors where they would be treated like a “number”.  They instead, a company that would not give them the PERSONAL attention that they needed to get everything working.  The also went with the Centerprism CLOUD allowing Centerprism to manage their server and network environment.  Centerprism is their single source provider to technology.

Additionally, CPS was able to implement Centerprism in less than six months and Go Live without having a Centerprism consultant on site.

The Solution   

CPS chose Centerprism built on Microsoft Dynamics GP because it offered a complete solution to solve all their technology needs including sales & distribution, CRM, inventory, purchasing and PrismView (the tool that makes Excel exports obsolete).  An important selling point was the fact that Centerprism is built on Dynamics GP, a GAAP certified, SOX compliant solution used by local distributors in the Kansas City area.  Becuase of the modern, easy-to-use interface of Centerprism, the implementation cost was very reasonable. Centerprism included CRM, in addition to Order Entry, Inventory Control, Purchasing and a robust back office Financial system with GP.  All modules were integrated out-of-the box which saved money since a complex configuration would not be required.   

An Alternative to a SYSTEM REPLACEMENT  

CPS evaluated several solutions including Epicor, NetSuite, Distribution One,  but, selected Centerprism built on Dynamics GP as the best choice for taking their business to the next level.  

Centerprism Features: CPS Benefits  

PrismView – Centerprism’s PrismView solution gave CPS the ability to do critical data analysis WITHOUT having to export to Excel.  This enabled them to be able to make critical business decisions based on multi-year inventory product and order invoice history.

Order/Sales Management – Centerprism’s simple yet sophisticated Order Entry Screen allow users detailed view of sales item transaction history, buying patterns and inventory availability, and purchasing information all from one screen.

Inventory Control – Centerprism’s Purchasing Advisor is a complete stock replenishment tool designed to allow for customers’ unique customer service needs while accounting for vendor leads times, safety stocks, and item popularity.

Return on Investment  

We saved over thousands of dollars in custom programming & deployment costs which would have been required had the functions not been integrated. PrismView analysis saved more than 25% in labor by not having to export information to Excel.

All-in-One Product – Centerprism provides a unique, single solution overlay to Dynamics GP/CRM that virtually eliminates the complexity of managing licensing, costs, upgrades, and integrating multiple software solutions piecemealed together to accomplish the same business objectives.

Back Office Financials – Centerprism’s seamlessly connecting to Microsoft Dynamics GP which is a complete double-entry, GAAP certified, SOX compliant ERP solution with over 35,000 in North America.  CPS now has access to a complete set of financials including A/R, A/P, G/L, Bank Reconciliation, Payroll and H/R.  Additionally, the staff of Centerprism provide expert consulting to help streamline their tailored accounting process.