Repetitive manufacturers require flexible production scheduling in order to respond to changing market conditions. Volume is usually significant, so material needs to be flowed to the shop floor and timed to the production process. Business processes required in a repetitive environment will not be available out-of-the-box in most enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
A system should be agile and flexible, and must allow you to increase the efficiencies of your core competencies while supporting areas where your existing processes are working well. Legacy ERP systems just cannot keep pace with rapidly changing customer needs and market requirements.
Complexities abound in distribution; simply being able to move product cost effectively is not enough. An ERP system needs to address challenges in effective inventory control, changing regulations, and how to best leverage technology.