Supply Chain Management53Supply chain management (SCM) is the oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer.Anaplan1 SCM Cloud2 by GEP3 Commerce Fulfillment4 (formerly IQMS)5 PeopleSoft SCM6 Supply Chain Management8 Voyager Solutions10 Digital Transformation Solutions11 Supply Chain Guru12 Solutions13 Integrated Business Planning14 Supply Chain Management15 CloudSuite SCM (formerly Lawson)16 Order Inventory System (GOIS) Pro18 Inventory19 Logistics Software23 Warehouse Advantage25

Supply Chain Management Software

Supply Chain Management Software Overview

What is Supply Chain Management Software (SCMS)?

Supply chain management is a complex process that involves communication and collaboration between multiple parties - including trading partners, suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors.

SCMS is generally used to automate and optimize the range of activities required to plan, control and execute product flows. This encompasses:

  • Acquisition of raw materials

  • Production processes

  • Product distribution

  • Delivery to the final customer

The goal of SCMS is to coordinate the flow of products in the most efficient and cost-effective way. However, the degree of supply chain management required varies between companies. A number of variables can influence a company’s SCMS needs:

  • Size of operations

  • Number of suppliers involved

  • Type of industry

  • Product complexity

  • Length of the supply chain

This amounts to the SCMS product space being very fragmented. Accordingly, there is a range of products available - including large SCMS suites, ERP suites, industry-specific software, and point solutions.

Supply Chain Software vs. ERP Software

Supply chain management software manages data concerning incoming raw materials from external suppliers. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software, by contrast, is more internally focused. It manages administrative tasks by tying front office and back office operations together. This includes assisting with product planning and the physical production of finished goods.

However, supply chain capabilities are often included as a component of ERP suites.

The features provided by ERP suites are usually more generic than supply chain point solutions or industry-specific software. SCMS point solutions may focus more on individual modules such as operations planning or inventory management.

Supply Chain Management Features & Capabilities

SCMS products may specialize in one area or offer a range of features across areas. Here are the traditional modules and features that SCMS products may include:

Supply Chain Planning

  • Custom alerts

  • Scenario-based plans

  • Reorientation of supply network around demand needs

  • Optimization of resources

  • Supply forecasting

  • Capacity estimation

  • Optimization of materials and employee allocation

  • Supply network coordination


  • Raw material sourcing

  • Supply market assessment

  • Cost Analysis

  • Expense Logging

Order Management

  • Order fulfillment optimization

  • Return services

  • Generating purchase orders

  • Tracking purchase orders

  • Scheduling supplier deliveries

  • Creating pricing and product configurations

Logistics and Transportation Management

  • Packaging

  • Delivery planning across transportation channels

  • Route optimization

  • Rate analysis

  • Shipping performance

  • Labor management

  • Fleet management

Warehouse & Inventory Management

  • Automation of warehouse operations

  • Inventory storage

  • Stock monitoring across warehouses

  • Inventory tracking (using barcodes, serial numbers, or RFIDs)

  • Asset management

  • Future inventory and price forecasting

Demand Management

  • Demand signal sensing

  • Demand forecasting

  • Customer analytics

  • Optimization of future inventory stock

  • Sales and operation planning

  • Pricing and promotion tracking (this may be used more by retailers)

Advanced features

Some vendors also include more complex features such as:

  • Supply chain analytics

  • Product lifecycle oversight

  • Internet of things (IoT)

Pricing Information

Supply chain management software is often sold as a module of large enterprise ERP or SCM suites. Standalone supply chain software products are cheaper, but pricing still varies greatly by overall sophistication and feature set.

Most vendors offer free trial versions of their software and will provide pricing information on request.

Open Source Supply Chain Management Software

An alternative option is open source supply chain management software. There are a number of free open source versions of SCMS. However, they are typically either broken up into modules or industry-specific solutions. For example, Odoo offers free versions of its manufacturing and inventory management software.

One drawback to open source software is that it may not include as many features as the paid versions do.

Supply Chain Management Products

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Anaplan aims to be the leader in Connected Planning. According to the vendor, the software—powered by their patented Hyperblock engine—enables dynamic, collaborative, and intelligent planning. Large and fast-growing companies worldwide use Anaplan to connect the people and data required for trusted …

DELMIAWORKS (formerly EnterpriseIQ) is an industry specific ERP from IQMS, now a Dassault Systemes brand, developed for manufacturers in the aerospace, assembly, automotive, food, general manufacturing, medical devices, plastics, rubber, metal fabrication, packaging, stamping, and similar industries…

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JDA Software Group headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona offers their flagship JDA supply chain management (SCM) system. Presently the integrated SCM solution is billed as 'JDA eight,' a platform integrating over 30 different separable JDA applications to create an end-to-end supply chain solution.

Logility Voyager Solutions is a complete supply chain management solution that features a performance monitoring architecture and provides supply chain visibility; demand, inventory and replenishment planning; Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP); supply and inventory optimization; manufacturing…

E2Open offers the Channel Shaping Intelligent Application Suite (formerly Zyme), a partner relationship management (PRM) software solution acquired by E2open to add channel management/indirect sales, inventory, and demand capabilities to its supply chain management offerings.

Relex Solutions offers retail and supply chain management capabilities, including inventory management, supply chain analytics, promotion management, automatic replenishment, assortment management, and demand forecasting.

SAP supports supply chain management with Integrated Business Planning, the company's real-time cloud-based supply chain planning platform supporting demand response, supply planning and inventory management oriented features, with supply chain analytics to support decisioning.

Infor CloudSuite supply chain management solutions deliver intelligent, real-time supply chain orchestration by connecting companies to their supply chain partners and digitally transforming processes from planning to delivery both within and outside the enterprise. CloudSuite replaces the former L…

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Ultriva is a suite of inventory and warehouse management applications developed by the Cupertino-based company of that name that was acquired by Upland Software in November 2015.

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Goods Order Inventory System (GOIS) Pro is a web and mobile application designed specifically to address the inventory management needs of SMEs moving up on the growth curve. Some key features include: Multiple Platform Compatibility, Real Time Synchronization and Currency, Themes and Timezone Setti…

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QR Inventory is a web based asset tracking and inventory management software that uses smartphones as scanners. Users can check assets and inventory in and out, look up item details by scanning QR codes with a smartphone. Users can also what they want to track via the web interface, and these fields…

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RightControl is a business management software range designed specifically to meet the needs of the small business user. The products in the range have been tailored to suit different size enterprises in terms of their inventory and user capacities. This comprehensive inventory management software h…

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Procurics is a cloud-based procurement and spend management platform. Some key features include: Requisitioning Workflow Management, Purchase Order Generation and Management and Vendor Management.

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Optek is a supply chain management solution provided by Intrigo Systems. Some key features include: User Intuitive GUI, Mass Maintenance & MS Excel import and export options, and Version Management.

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Ramco Logistics Software is a unified cloud based software for Third Party Logistics, Freight forwarders and Courier service providers. Ramco’s Logistics offering is built to address the needs of 3PL, Freight Forwarders and Network Service Providers. According to the vendor, Ramco Logistics enables …

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Bideg is web based software that allows companies to create online auctions.Manufacturers bid against each other in real time to offer the best price, which will then be supplied. Suppliers compete with each for their goods or services in order to win the business being offered by the companies.

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HighJump Warehouse Advantage is a warehouse management system that is foundational to HighJump's supply chain management (SCM) suite of applications, available via an on-premise or cloud delivered deployment. HighJump Warehouse Advantage Express edition is billed as a warehouse and supply management…