Top 10: Supply Chain Management Platforms

Supply Chain Digital has taken a look at the top 10 supply chain management platforms
Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the top 10 supply chain management (SCM) platforms on the market

In a world where the word ‘uncertainty’ is frequently bandied around – and with good reason – companies must ensure their supply chain management (SCM) is almost faultless.

It’s why so many of them are relying on industry-leading software to oversee the flow of goods, data and finances, right from the procurement of raw materials to the delivery of a product at its final destination. 

Here, Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the top 10 SCM platforms on the market.

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10. Coupa Supply Chain Design & Planning

Founded: 2006
Employees: 3,000+
CEO: Leagh Turner
Revenue: US$840m

Coupa Supply Chain Design & Planning allows clients to run limitless scenarios and reach the best outcomes using a digital model of their supply chains and trusted AI algorithms.

The spend management specialist encourages firms to move away from spreadsheets to a digital environment where data and teams come together. 

Capabilities include the Supply Chain Modeler which allows companies to build a comprehensive digital replica of their supply chains that harnesses data from internal systems and external data lakes.

9. Körber Supply Chain 

Founded: 1946
Employees: 12,800
CEO: Stephan Seifert
Revenue: US$3.2bn

As supply chains become more intricate, new technological capabilities are essential in order to satisfy both vendor requirements and consumer expectations.

Körber's Supply Chain division offers solutions to tough challenges including warehouse management. Picture: Getty Images

Körber's Supply Chain division offers solutions to tough challenges, prioritising technology to deliver integrated software that maximises ROI for customers. 

The company’s comprehensive platform offers planning, control, execution and monitoring functionality for high-performing logistics networks, enabling more straightforward management and optimisation of end-to-end supply chains. 

Körber recently worked with S&S Activewear to enhance warehouse efficiency at three of its sites across the Americas.

8. Epicor SCM

Founded: 1972
Employees: 4,100+
CEO: Steve Murphy
Revenue: US$1bn

Epicor’s clients are told from the get-go that, with its solutions, they can transform their supply chains from a cost centre to a competitive advantage.

Warning them that supply chain disruption is not a question of if, but when, Epicor arms businesses with the tools to adapt at pace to changing market conditions and trading partner demands.

For example, the Epicor Warehouse Management tool enables firms to unlock powerful insights and harness the power of automation – increasingly important in a world where every penny counts. 

7. E2open

Founded: 2000
Employees: 4,000
CEO: Andrew Appel
Revenue: US$537m

The connected supply chain software platform from E2open enables many of the biggest companies in the world to transform the way they make, move and sell goods and services. 

Thanks to its vast cloud-native global platform, which is purpose-built for modern supply chains, E2open connects more than 400,000 partners within a single network, tracking no fewer than 12 billion transactions over a 12-month period. 

It means firms are given the tools necessary to anticipate disruption and recognise opportunities for growth.  

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6. Manhattan Associates 

Founded: 1990
Employees: 4,300
CEO: Eddie Capel
Revenue: US$929m

Businesses will be better placed to optimise their supply chain operations and drive growth with advanced supply chain management software from Manhattan Associates

Green Eagle, Crocs and Brazilian pharma giant Raia Drogasil are just some of the organisations benefitting from Manhattan’s ability to cut costs, manage inventory and increase efficiency. 

Solutions from Manhattan Active are entirely cloud-native, which translates to unprecedented scalability for peak seasons and unmatched resiliency when networks need it most.

5. Infor SCM

Founded: 2002
Employees: 17,000+
CEO: Kevin Samuelson
Revenue: US$3.6bn

Infor Supply Chain Management solutions deliver intelligent, real-time supply chain orchestration by digitalising end-to-end supply chain processes.

This allows companies to gain real-time visibility that empowers data-driven decisions and optimal delivery to customers.

Infor SCM has been shown to optimise costs, including:

  • 25% reduction in supply chain costs
  • 40% reduction in wastage costs
  • Transportation cost savings of more than 10%

Clients are also benefitting from a staggering 98% reduction in invoice processing time and an increase in team productivity of up to 15%.

Duncan Angove, CEO at Blue Yonder

4. Blue Yonder

Founded: 1985 (as JDA Software)
Employees: 6,000
CEO: Duncan Angove
Revenue: US$1.3bn 

Blue Yonder’s intelligent supply chain platform provides 3,000 world-leading brands the ability to utilise the full power of their data to integrate, process and take action at scale across their supply chains.

Its supply chain data cloud gives clients a single, end-to-end view of their businesses, allowing for proactive planning, flawless execution and the delivery of world-class experiences to customers.

Just one of the big names benefitting from Blue Yonder’s services is Heineken, which is implementing Blue Yonder Cognitive Demand Planning – a next-generation, cloud-native, microservices-based SaaS solution that utilises AI and ML – to improve forecast accuracy.

3. Kinaxis RapidResponse

Founded: 1984
Employees: 1,800
CEO: John Sicard
Revenue: US$420m

Leveraging the company’s patented Cognitive Network Graph and always-on algorithms, Kinaxis RapidResponse is designed and purpose-built to provide end-to-end orchestration.

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It’s billed as the only concurrent platform, which means when a planner in one area makes a change, everyone else across the supply chain immediately sees the impact.

Beneficiaries can use this cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to run one or more of their supply chain planning and execution applications and associated core planning and logistics algorithms. 

Alternatively, clients can build their own custom apps and algorithms on RapidResponse, connecting external systems and algorithms across the ecosystem. 

2. Oracle SCM Cloud

Founded: 1977
Employees: 164,000
CEO: Safra Catz
Revenue: US$50bn

With Oracle SCM Cloud, organisations can respond quickly to changing demand, supply and market conditions, seamlessly connecting their supply chains to create a resilient network and process that can outpace change.

Within SCM Cloud, users can benefit from a multitude of modules and offerings, including inventory management. This allows clients to optimise their inventory levels and use of working capital, thus reducing costs and driving a higher level of customer satisfaction.

Elsewhere, its Blockchain and IoT functionality means firms can connect operational, customer, product and machine data for efficient issue detection, multi-tier visibility, and advanced insights across the supply network.

SAP offers a leading SCM platform. Picture: SAP

1. SAP SCM

Founded: 1972
Employees: 112,000
CEO: Christian Klein
Revenue: US$33.9bn

SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) software and the solutions within are designed to help clients adapt to changing supply chains, mitigate risk and drive sustainable growth.

By harnessing the power of SAP’s platform, businesses find themselves better positioned to connect their processes, contextualise decisions and collaborate with their wider ecosystem. 

And, from a logistical perspective, firms can deliver as promised with risk-resilient, reliable and sustainable operations.

Just one of the major companies succeeding thanks to its use of SAP SCM is Kimberly-Clark, the global manufacturer of pulp and paper products, which uses the software to maintain visibility throughout its global ecosystem.

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