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Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl

Brightpearl is very well suited for small-medium companies that are growing quickly and need a way to improve their operational systems and functionality to handle increasing volume of orders. Particularly if you use multiple SKUs, sales channels, and/or warehouses, the features offered by Brightpearl are excellently well suited to handle these types of needs. I don't believe Brightpearl would be very applicable for very small companies with a small number of SKUs, as many of the features offered would be unnecessary and underutilized.
Joel Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

If you're setting up operations where you have to manage manufacturing builds from raw components to finished goods, I would recommend QAD. It's nice to have subassemblies part numbers for your builds and enter in the number of accepted quantities and rejects. QAD is very helpful if you have a lot of parts floating around. I would not buy QAD if you only have to manage less than ~20 parts... just use Excel.
Dat Nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Pay calculation
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Benefit plan administration
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Direct deposit files
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Reimbursement management
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Customization

Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
API for custom integration
Brightpearl
QAD
9.9
Plug-ins
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Security

Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Single sign-on capability
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Reporting & Analytics

Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Dashboards
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Standard reports
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Custom reports
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Accounts payable
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Accounts receivable
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Inventory Management

Brightpearl
QAD
9.3
Inventory tracking
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Automatic reordering
Brightpearl
QAD
8.0
Location management
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Manufacturing module
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Order Management

Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Pricing
Brightpearl
QAD
8.0
Order entry
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Credit card processing
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Cost of goods sold
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Order Orchestration
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
End-to-end order visibility
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Order exception Resolution
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0

Manufacturing

Brightpearl
QAD
9.2
Production Process Design
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Supply Chain Business Flows
Brightpearl
QAD
8.0
Production Management
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Contracted Manufacturing Management
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Configuration Management
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Work Definition
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Work Execution
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0
Advanced Fulfillment
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Manufacturing Costs
Brightpearl
QAD
10.0

Supply Chain

Brightpearl
QAD
8.3
Forecasting
Brightpearl
QAD
7.0
Inventory Planning
Brightpearl
QAD
8.0
Multi-tier Supply Chain Planning
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0
Performance Monitoring
Brightpearl
QAD
9.0

Pros

Brightpearl

  • Brightpearl tracks order changes and communications very well. It documents all activity in a feed that anyone can see, including status changes, notes made, emails sent, etc.
  • Brightpearl makes it incredibly easy to find orders fitting certain criteria through the use of statuses that you can customize. For example, as a multichannel seller, we can easily create statuses for each channel that we sell from, where our orders will (oftentimes automatically) land in. We also deal often with things like back ordered items; we can also create statuses for certain brands, so that when we expect a shipment in from that company, our back order specialist can easily sort through her orders that are waiting on that shipment.
  • Brightpearl makes it easy to take orders over the phone. Everything I need is right there on one screen; not often do I find myself needing to deviate to other tabs. The steps I take (from "new order" to finish) are straightforward and understandable, and go in steps that make sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

  • The QAD Enterprise application is great, we only started using this application a few years ago. The Master Scheduling Workbench has been a great improvement to our daily operations.
  • The Web-based QAD Supplier Portal has also been implemented recently in our company and has been a huge help to our purchasing and materials department.
  • The QAD support that we receive has helped our company grow and is a major asset in upcoming projects.
Amanda Bell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Brightpearl

  • Supports only a small number of marketplaces and in a limited way only. When I signed up with Brightpearl they claimed that you could list directly onto eBay from within Brightpearl but this turned out to be untrue as Brightpearl did not support eBay postage policies (eBay's semi literate way of saying shipping tables).
  • Not only can you not list directly onto eBay, you cannot list directly from within Brightpearl to any marketplaces whatsoever. With other software you can list directly to all the marketplaces they integrate with.
  • Brightpearl is abysmal at VAT. Brightpearl calculates VAT on Channel Islands and Canary Islands orders even though there is no Vat in either of them. So when you pay HMRC you will be paying them a bit extra unless you check all your orders which makes the software somewhat redundant.
  • When I signed up they advertised Brightpearl as the software to automate your online selling. But it didn't really do that. A couple of years later at considerable extra cost they released an add-on app called Brightpearl Automation that does seem to deliver on automation. However other software offers that at no extra cost.
  • Brightpearl claims that it integrates with Amazon, but this is only partially true as they have completely ignored the new marketplaces that Amazon have opened. If you list on those marketplaces you have to input the orders manually and Brightpearl will not update the stock, putting you at risk of negative feedback. Other software integrates fully with all Amazon marketplaces.
  • Now that I am leaving it was suggested that I might benefit from read-only access so that we could easily double check things like warranty claims. They offered me a year's read-only access for £10,080 which is more than double my yearly contract for full use of the software. Now, if that isn't taking the mickey, I don't know what is!!!
Martin Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

  • Needs more flexibility to add/configure new indexes (if using the Progress Database) as the current indexes on key tables like transaction history are not helpful
  • Need a better support system for the TMS/Precision interface
  • Need better KnowledgeBase articles to understand the innerds of Pricing functionality
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 8.2
Based on 12 answers
Brightpearl has proved to work out for our company and we have no need or intention to let it go. Rather we intend to build on what we've accomplished and it will no doubt help us scale our business and meet our ambitions.
Chris Metropulos | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

QAD 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The cost / benefit of changing to a different ERP will create a high cost and low benefit that's why I believe that we'll continue renewing QAD for a long time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 4.1
Based on 8 answers
Brightpearl can be a little confusing to begin with, there are a lot of options to look through and working out the intricacies takes some time depending on what you would like to be able to do on it and what your account is set up to do. It is however very thorough and once you can work your way around it most of the functions are fairly simple to use and very detailed.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

QAD 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use, zero or minimum cost to maintain the database (DBA etc) , no issue with OS ( Linux), stable database
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl is always easily accessibly anywhere that you can find an internet source. I have checked our stock levels when we have been off site at Ham Rally's at home and on my way home or to work if needs be. That is probably one of the best features of this system.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

QAD 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl performs very well and integrates very well with our Metapak packing and despatch system. IT also intergrates very well with Amazon and we have used Ebay although there have been complications with Ebay and stock levels. We use Ebay mostly for second hand items of which we only have one so have skipped using Brighpearl for these products.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.7
Based on 268 answers
Brightpearl was ALWAYS great at responding to us. Their customer service was quick and responsive.Unfortunately, the responses were often that "engineers were working on it" but nothing seemed to ever come of that. I realize that Brightpearl is a large company that a lot of businesses rely on. But when you can't hit "enter" when trying to search in the front-end POS, that type of behavior should be changed very quickly and it never was. Admittedly, small things, but those annoyances tend to ultimately affect the overall experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No in house training was given.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training was very helpful in the areas we were shown and was implemented very well via a Skype call and an presentation done via the internet. However it was not thorough enough for all of our needs in certain areas. More training in person on site would have been very helpful.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

QAD 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.5
Based on 208 answers
Implementation was generally perfect, but if you are coming across from Sage I personally would recommend doing this as baby steps.
We tried to import our entire Sage history in one batch and that was a bad idea hence the 9/10. That was mainly our fault and nothing on Brightpearl.
James Ewens | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Brightpearl

Initially we went with Brightpearl because it was an all in one solution. Salesforce CRM capabilities right out of the box far surpass Brightpearl's, but there's no inventory or accounting system pre-built in. We are currently moving away from Brightpearl for both CRM and accounting functions however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

QAD is very easy to use once it's set up. It's basically an Excel sheet that can handle a lot more data points and faster. It's nice that you can dump the data stored in QAD to a CSV file and analyze in Excel. Careful narrow down the data searches to a limited number of points or Excel will crash.QAD is much easier to set up than Arena and SAP. And the numbering systems you can create in QAD is more customizable.
Dat Nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.9
Based on 5 answers
Brightpearl's ability to increase or expand its capacity and retain its performance levels to accommodate growth were acceptable but not fantastic. The program was constantly making changes which can be useful, but was also confusing & hard to keep up with since we were never updated that changes were about to be made or had been made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Brightpearl

  • It's really difficult to say. While everything is now in one place, we've spent a ton of time with support and figuring things out on our own.
  • We've also had to spend a ton of money with our CPAs fixing our financials every month.
  • However, the sales piece has streamlined our process for shipping orders out in a timely basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

QAD

  • It help us to reduce the inventories (FG and RAW)
  • It reduce the time to adjust to the constantly changing international customs laws
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Brightpearl

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

QAD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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