A new report by Michael Koploy, a writer for Software Advice, presents some interesting observations on what is happening in the world of IT investment in supply chain software applications.  Although there are many different types of applications in different areas of the supply chain (ERP, e-procurement, order fulfillment, sales and operations planning, transportation management), this report focuses on the warehouse management system (WMS) space.

As the economy ramps up buyers are starting to also think about spending money on improvements.  Koploy notes several key trends, including:

– Demand for SCM software is going up in general.

– Small and medium businesses are especially interested in growing their systems.

– A real opportunity exists to drive other systems to consider labor management systems.  (For more information on this subject, see one of my earlier articles.

– Execution systems are in real demand.

– The growth of 3PL’s is creating new WMS requrements.

Koploy also notes that RFID continues to fail to live up to expectations, as problems in execution continue to plague this technology.  This trend was also noted some years ago in one of my columns.

To read more about these trends, check out Michael’s blog at:

5 Responses

  1. WMS

    February 13, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    Updating an existing software for more convenient usage is a step towards a more productive and efficient future in warehouse management. It creates a stable reliability among business owners. Putting add-ons or additional feature on a existing system is a great way of making it work effectively. Software developers are always on look out about how to improve a certain application for the end users.

  2. Joe

    February 18, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    There are many good points here. Demand for SCM software will rise because, as the second point says, SMB’s will look to grow their systems. A main driver is to reduce costs which of course improves profits. One way to do this is by implementing lean supply chain management strategies.

    As I was looking around online I found this article which briefly discusses decreasing costs with lean supply chain management strategies.

    The main point is Lean SCM can be applied to any business.

  3. John Ashcroft from SAP Transaction Codes

    May 2, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Lean and supply chain management have much in common as to recognizing the customer, being based on pull, requiring flow, assessing the waste of inventory, and creating value with growth, not just reducing costs. Companies with a lean supply chain, the inbound from suppliers and the outbound to stores or to customers, have identified the value of the supply chain and the waste that exists and are removing the waste.

    This can be done in SAP through the new WebUI interface removing the need for SAP GUI and replacing SAP transaction codes by UI components.

  4. Greg

    May 16, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I’m impressed! These warehouses, do they hold all the products for order fulfillment?

  5. property managers in ct

    July 20, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    This is a good tip especially to those fresh to the
    blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

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