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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

Procurement

  • 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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FinancialForce SCM is a supply chain management software offering from FinancialForce.com. It includes capabilities to manage inventory, drive continuous improvements and complete inventory visibility.

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Bellwether BPM is 100% web-based purchasing software. The software is designed to make the purchasing process more efficient and helps companies reduce supply costs, cut administrative costs, and shorten the length of the purchase cycle. Company defined approval levels help eliminate maverick pur...

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Vision Inventory Management is a supply chain management software solution offered by Aptean. It is built specifically for companies in the home entertainment, electronics, and publishing industries.

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OpenWMS is a warehouse management system and with light SCM capabilities from Advanced in the UK.

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Streamline is a global ERP CRM/TMS/WMS platform that is built on the Force.com platform. According to the vendor, Streamline enables businesses to manage their supply chain in a unified and consistent manner.

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ConnektBizOnline(CBO) provides sourcing and procurement software with features like Live Auction, RFX, Online Catalogue, Order Management and Spend Analysis.

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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...

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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...

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

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Skyforge is an ERP / MRP solution for digital manufacturing. This solution is designed to make it easy use and manage digital resources. It provides a unified workflow so that users can access 3D printers and rapid prototyping tools effectively.

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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...

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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.

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FusionOps provides cloud-based analytics for supply chain.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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riskmethods, headquartered in Munchen, offers a suite of supply chain risk management applications. The suite includes Risk Radar which generates risk alerts and insights, Impact Analyzer which creates impact scores for suppliers and supplier risk scores, and Action Planner for designing automate...

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Liferay Commerce is a digital commerce platform that promises to equip B2B sellers with a fully-integrated suite of digital engagement tools. The vendor promises the following key benefits: Erase B2B Complexity: Manage commerce sites faster with configurable rules for tiered pricing, organizatio...

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Genesis Automation Healthcare, headquartered in Florida, offers their hospital-specific supply chain optimization and management platform, Genesis End-to-End.