Posted July 1, 2021

Distribution One and Universal Business Systems merge

Two providers of enterprise resource planning software for the distribution industry have merged.

Distribution One, provider of the ERP-ONE Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for Wholesalers and Distributors, and Universal Business Systems, developer of the Synergy suite of ERP/Business Management software have entered a definitive agreement to merge their businesses under the Distribution One company name. 

UBS primarily serves the food service, janitorial and sanitary supply, fine paper, and packaging industries. For 25 years, Distribution One has developed turnkey ERP solutions delivering leading edge technology for wholesalers and distributors.

According to a press release announcing the merger, the planning for this merger has been governed by two strategic viewpoints: “How does it improve the combined company?” and “How will it continue to foster our existing values and sense of community with our customers?” 

“UBS is an exciting complement to Distribution One in many ways,” said Larry Ward, Distribution One president. “The expanded product portfolio presents a huge opportunity for the strategic growth of our combined technologies as Synergy provides us with a respected software platform alongside our own flagship ERP-ONE software. This growth will drive exciting new innovations benefitting our entire family of customers. I cannot overstate the importance of how UBS’ innovation, reliability, and talent reinforces our existing company culture.”

“Distribution One is a family company and has the same value structure that we have maintained for 40 years,” added Chris Raffo, UBS president. “UBS is a family business as are many of our customers, so we worked to ensure that our partner moving forward would align with our principles. Distribution One holds the same dedication to customers and service. It’s evident in how they value their employees as well as the true sense of community they’ve built with their customers.”