Industry-Leading Building Products Distributor Goes Digital with Inventory Optimization from Thrive Technologies

DW Distribution, Inc., a leading distributor of building materials and millwork products, is the latest company to migrate from analog inventory purchasing to Thrive’s digital inventory buying systems to optimize inventory. The Texas-based company started looking for a system to improve inventory efficiencies after their business tripled over the past 10 years.

Leveraging Thrive’s system since October 2021, DW Distribution is already seeing a positive impact. While their ERP system takes only a few months of inventory activity into account using a basic algorithm, the addition of Thrive’s system has provided them with a long-term, 360-degree look at their inventory. Using more than 400 forecast model variations, Thrive provides DW Distribution with a much more accurate understanding of what’s happening with their inventory versus recent sales, as well as adjustments they should make to better serve their customers.

Among the key features of Thrive’s system that DW Distribution has found valuable is its buyer alerts — something their ERP system can’t provide.

“In the past, we managed our inventory with an analog mix of ERP data and manual spreadsheets,” said, Steve George, DW’s Vice President of Information Technology and former Vice President of Purchasing. “While our ERP system has some inventory management functionality, we knew we needed an advanced analytical system to support our growth. In just a short amount of time, Thrive has increased our forecasting accuracy, improving our ability to have the right product at the right time for our customers. We needed a smarter system to show us what was happening behind the scenes, and we got it with Thrive.”

About DW Distribution
DW Distribution is an operating brand of Specialty Building Products.  Founded in 1955, DW is a leading regional distributor of building materials for the retail lumber dealer. The company offers a broad range of building materials, millwork, and pre-hung door units featuring brands such as Araupel, Braspine, Endura, GAF, James Hardie, Masonite, Owens Corning, and Roseburg. DW Distribution is a 2021 recipient of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (one of 45 companies nationally). The company operates five locations serving a customer base that spans the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico. More information can be found at

About Thrive Technologies

Thrive Technologies is committed to solving supply chain planning issues for inventory-intensive companies without requiring expensive risky software implementations. Thrive has developed patent-pending technologies that analyze billions of rows of inventory data and have reduced dead stock by 43.5% in 4 months. Thrive’s inventory solutions are live within days, integrate closely with clients’ ERP systems, and provide unprecedented agility in managing unpredictability and change in demand and supply chains.

For more information, please visit Thrive Technologies at or follow them on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

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