JDA Software Group headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona offers their supply chain management (SCM) platform JDA Enterprise Supply Planning as a cloud-based solution for mid-sized businesses.
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
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
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
Reorientation of supply network around demand needs
Optimization of resources
Optimization of materials and employee allocation
Supply network coordination
Raw material sourcing
Supply market assessment
Order fulfillment optimization
Generating purchase orders
Tracking purchase orders
Scheduling supplier deliveries
Creating pricing and product configurations
Logistics and Transportation Management
Delivery planning across transportation channels
Automation of warehouse operations
Stock monitoring across warehouses
Inventory tracking (using barcodes, serial numbers, or RFIDs)
Future inventory and price forecasting
Demand signal sensing
Optimization of future inventory stock
Sales and operation planning
Pricing and promotion tracking (this may be used more by retailers)
Some vendors also include more complex features such as:
Supply chain analytics
Product lifecycle oversight
Internet of things (IoT)
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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IBM's 2015 divestiture of LogicTools means Ann Arbor-based LLamasoft now owns the popular supply chain management software and application suite.
Descartes Systems Group in Ontario offers their suite of Transportation Management applications.
Descartes Systems Group in Ontario offers the Descartes Global Logistics Network (Descartes GLN) to support logistics-heavy operations with document management (transportation / logistics related) and information sharing (e.g. fax, messaging, translation) between enterprises needing to communicat...
The company GT Nexus was acquired by Infor in August 2015. Infor now owns and will integrate the GT Nexus cloud logistical collaboration, analytics, and supply chain management (SCM) platform into its own supply chain product lines.
Swedish company IBS bills their flagship IBS Enterprise Platform as an ERP for wholesalers. It is oriented entirely towards supply chain management (SCM).
Swedish company IBS offers IBS Dynaman, a warehouse management system (WMS).
Canadian company Kinaxis offers their enterprise-grade supply chain management (SCM) platform RapidResponse.
ConnektBizOnline(CBO) provides sourcing and procurement software with features like Live Auction, RFX, Online Catalogue, Order Management and Spend Analysis.
John Galt’s Atlas Planning Suite is designed to streamline the user's S&OP process with comprehensive supply chain planning . The Atlas Planning Suite is an end-to-end value network that provides visibility, statistical forecasting, enhanced collaboration across the organization, inventory ma...
The ForecastX Wizard is a solution for detailed and accurate business forecasting. The software is used for demand planning processes in a wide range of industries. ForecastX combines a powerful statistical forecasting engine with Microsoft Excel to provide a blend of forecast accuracy, ease of u...
Relex Solutions offers retail and supply chain management capabilities, including inventory management, supply chain analytics, promotion management, automatic replenishment, assortment management, and demand forecasting.
iBASEt Solumina is a supply chain management suite that includes a manufacturing execution system, maintenance, repair, & overhaul, supplier quality management, an enterprise quality management system, and integrations to third-party ERP, Product Lifecycle Management, and Labor Reporting syst...
Precoro is an e-procurement software designed to streamline the procurement process and increase spend visibility.The vendor aims to help companies reduce manual work for their employees, purchasing manager, procurement and financial department.
FusionOps provides cloud-based analytics for supply chain.
TRIMIT Fashion makes it easier to run a fashion business. It is an end-to-end business software solution that automates and optimizes your business processes - from development to delivery.Some Benefits You work in one single IT system that is specific to your industry.TRIMIT Fashion is built fro...
3Gtms offers a flexible, self-configurable TMS for shippers, brokers and 3PLs. The product manages the full transportation life-cycle, including: RatingRoutingOptimizationTenderingTrackingFinancial settlementExecutionPlanningReportingCustomers range from mid-sized companies searching for their fi...
TECSYS Supply Chain Platform is an extendable, scalable, adaptable SCM technology infrastructure for organizations with complex distribution. It includes Warehouse Management, Distribution Management, and Transportation Management.
VL OMNI is a point to multi-channel integration partner for real-time accurate customer order data, shipment details, inventory, and prices. According to the vendor, this is how VL OMNI works: VL OMNI’s integrations work by connecting unique applications together (see diagram, below), normalizing...
Logiwa is a cloud-based warehouse and inventory management software that aims to address the warehouse management and order fulfillment needs of retail and e-commerce businesses worldwide. The vendor says their clients love the groundbreaking technology of Logiwa because it's faster and offers mo...
TraceLink in North Reading offers the Life Sciences Cloud, a supply chain network focused on the needs of pharmaceutical entities, featuring applications emphasizing track and trace, government compliance, and product serialization.
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.
SAP Distributed Manufacturing support design collaboration and supply chain agility by providing a platform to share design and part quality attributes and needs, discuss pricing, and provide access to planning with design technologies that might otherwise not be available to a customer.
BEST (formerly BEST Logistics) is a full service supply chain company in Hangzhou which offers the BEST Cloud OFC, a SaaS supply chain solution for optimization of cost and lead time, as well as inventory management, fulfillment planning, route assignment, and partner management.
The DSI Digital Supply Chain Platform from Kansas City based Data Systems International (DSI) provides automation across receiving, inventory, and warehouse picking, among other tasks related to the supply chain.