The market for supply chain management software applications, maintenance and services, or SCM, came in at $6.2 billion in 2009 including applications for procurement software and $4.2 billion without procurement.
That represented a decline of 1.9% from 2008, according to Chad Eschinger, an analyst with Gartner: (203-964-0096). While most businesses would have been proud to only show a 1.9% drop in revenues last year, it’s a far cry from the growth this industry has been used to posting.
In fact, it’s the first time the market has declined since Modern began publishing our annual Top 20 list in 2001. Just two years ago, AMR Research, now part of Gartner, was forecasting the total supply chain management market to reach or exceed $8 billion by 2010. That just isn’t going to happen. “It was a very difficult year,” says Eschinger.
Last year was a year for the status quo. The market leaders look much the same as they did in 2008, with SAP ($820 million) and Oracle ($715 million) at the top of the list, with numbers that were essentially unchanged from last year. They were followed by JDA Software ($385.6 million), RedPrairie ($261 million) and Manhattan Associates ($247 million).
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The Department of Commerce reported that January retail sales were up 0.2 percent compared to December and up 3.7 percent annually at $449.9 billion, and the NRF reported that January retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, rose 0.6 percent over December and 1.4 percent compared to January 2015.
On the freight shipments side, Cass reported that January shipments––at 1.025––trailed December by 1.3 percent and January 2016 by 0.2 percent. These declines were less than the 4.9 percent drop from November to December, though, and January shipments still topped the 1.0 mark for the 65th straight month in December.
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) saw a 0.4 percent decline from November to December, its second straight decline on the heels of a 1.0 percent decrease from October to November.
Carloads saw a 11.7 percent annual decline at 241,680, and intermodal containers and trailers rose 10.5 percent to 262,830
An amendment to the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea convention will go into effect requiring all shippers (importers and exporters) to certify and submit the Verified Gross Mass – the combined weight of the cargo and the container – to the steamship line and terminal operator in advance of loading the container aboard a vessel.