Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Logistics technology: 2010 was a solid year for supply chain software

By Bob Trebilcock, Editor at Large
July 11, 2011

2010 was a solid year for supply chain management software. The industry posted a 10% increase over 2009 and about $4.6 billion in revenue for SCM applications, not counting procurement.

The numbers come from Chad Eschinger, research director with Gartner. Eschinger and Gartner also provided the compilation for our annual list Top 20 providers of supply chain management software, ranked by revenue.

The article will appear in the July issue of Modern Materials Handling, LM’s sister publication. In addition to the numbers, Eschinger identified the trends that drove last year’s rebound. Much of the growth may have been the result of pent up demand. A number of projects went forward that had been stalled because of the recession. But Eschinger also identified several key drivers.

-Lack of visibility: Large corporations were left with too much inventory when the recession hit and too little inventory when demand picked up in 2009. “Users are looking at applications like sales and operations planning, transportation management and asset management applications that can be levered to track goods in motion,” Eschinger says. “They want a better handle on their plans.”
-Enabling corporate strategy: Everyone wants to reduce their costs, but increasingly businesses are targeting their supply chains to improve their overall corporate viability, especially customer service.
-Total landed cost: Blame it on the high cost of transportation, increasing wages in emerging markets and multi-channel sales and distribution strategies, but companies are using their supply chain systems to take a more analytical look at what it costs to fill an online order versus a retail store and what is the total landed cost to source in Mexico versus China.

The question now is whether the growth in 2010 will continue in 2011. Eschinger believes it will and that 2012 is looking good as well. After that, we’ll have to see how the recovery proceeds. You’ll be able to read the whole report online next week.

About the Author

image
Bob Trebilcock
Editor at Large

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484 and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

February manufacturing data issued today by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) dipped slightly compared to January, according to the most recent edition of the organization’s Manufacturing Report on Business.

As U.S. West Coast ports begin to address their critical congestion issues, an innovative approach is being launched at San Pedro Bay.

The ongoing financial travails of the Highway Trust Fund was made clear in a position paper recently issued by Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation. In the paper–entitled “Why Not A Ten-Year Surface Transportation Bill?”-Davis points to past federal transportation bills, as well as the White House’s GROW AMERICA proposal as having one fatal flaw in common: they each leave the HTF on worst financial shape after the bill expires than it was prior to the bill being enacted.

Working with research partner, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the IBM Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,023 global procurement executives from 41 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

U.S. Carloads were down 7.8 percent annually at 259,544, and intermodal volume was off 15.7 percent for the week ending February 21 at 213,617 containers and trailers.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA