Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice has helped thousands of businesses choose the right supply chain planning software so they can forecast demand and predict capacity.

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WISE

WISE by Royal 4 Systems is a rules-based warehouse management (WMS) system that is able to support a number of industries, including 3PL, automotive, food and beverage and industrial machinery. WISE helps users manage core warehouse... Read more

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Rose Rocket

Rose Rocket is cloud-based transportation management software (TMS) that helps manage the business requirements of Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carriers. Rose Rocket can be used either as a full-suite TMS or carriers can add any Rose... Read more

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Contract Insight Contract Management

Contract Insight is a contract lifecycle management solution developed by CobbleStone Systems. It can be deployed either on the customer’s premises (with perpetual licensing) or in the cloud (with monthly subscription licensing). Contract... Read more

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Shipedge

Shipedge is a cloud-based warehouse management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to e-commerce warehouses, fulfillment service providers, third-party logistics companies (3PL/4PL), omni/multi-channel retailers,... Read more

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Conga Contracts Contract Management

Conga Contracts is a hybrid contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution that helps organizations to generate, track, maintain and report on different business contracts. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in... Read more

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Vanguard Predictive Planning

Vanguard Predictive Planning is a supply chain management tool developed for scaling enterprise companies. Retailers, distributors, engineering firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers, energy companies, software companies, and various... Read more

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SkuVault

SkuVault is a cloud-based warehouse management software designed for small and medium-sized omnichannel businesses with a focus in eCommerce. SkuVault features warehouse management applications that include multi-warehouse inventory... Read more

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Oracle SCM Cloud

Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read more

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Atlas Planning Suite

Atlas Planning Suite by John Galt Solutions is an end-to-end supply chain planning solution designed to suit the needs of businesses in various industries. Companies in consumer goods, manufacturing, agriculture, industrial equipment,... Read more

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Halo

Halo offers a supply chain management analytics platform that helps businesses plan and forecast inventory needs. Deployment options for Halo include on-premise, SaaS (Software as a Service) or PaaS (Platform as a Service, which allows... Read more

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StockIQ

StockIQ is a supply chain management (SCM) suite for 3PL's and distributors of all sizes. The solution is available in cloud-based or on-premise deployments. Key features include supply chain planning, demand planning, supplier management... Read more

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TECSYS EliteSeries

TECSYS provides a series of supply chain management solutions suitable for midsize and large distribution companies. They currently service a wide range of verticals such as healthcare, 3PL, and other high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS... Read more

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Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS)

Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS) is a cloud-based ERP application with the aspects of a desktop application giving small to midsize businesses the tools they need in order to manage the business environment. Geneva Systems... Read more

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GAINSystems

GAINSystems is a cloud-based and on-premise supply chain management (SCM) solution designed for midsize to large businesses across manufacturing, distribution, MRO and retail sectors. Core functionalities include demand planning and... Read more

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Lead Commerce

Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read more

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SCP 4.0

Jada vendor management inventory and demand planning system is suitable for businesses looking to manage inventory holding costs and track service levels. SCP is offered as a best of breed application that is ideal for both midsize... Read more

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SpendBoss

SpendBoss is a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) solution suitable for small to midsize businesses in a variety of industries. Key features include spend management, analytics, budgeting and product ordering. SpendBoss enables... Read more

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Kinaxis RapidResponse

Delivered as a set of configurable applications, Kinaxis RapidResponse is a supply chain management solution that helps large enterprises with planning. RapidResponse offers organizations the supply chain planning and analytics capabilities... Read more

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Kechie

Kechie is a cloud-based inventory management suite that caters to small to midsize businesses in all industries. It’s an Adaptable & Easy to Use Solution, without needing any integrations. Kechie streamlines your business needs... Read more

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2Ship

2Ship is a cloud-based transportation management solution designed for home offices, small businesses, enterprises and distribution centers for third-party logistics (3PL) firms. Features include import and export, bills of lading,... Read more

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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 2, 2019

We’ve created this buyer’s guide to help you better understand supply chain planning and optimization software. This guide is intended to help you to evaluate the right solution for your business.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Software?
Common Features of Supply Chain Planning & Optimization
Evaluating Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Software
Benefits of Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Deployment Models and Pricing

What Is Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Software?

Supply chain planning software helps organizations manage and replenish their inventory through sales and demand forecasting. As part of a supply chain management (SCM) system, planning solutions, such as sales and operations planning (S&OP), serve an important function in the ongoing effort to reduce waste and increase profitability.

By offering a tool such as demand planning software or S&OP, SCM software providers give organizations the ability to take a glimpse into a number of possible futures. Based on an analysis of historical market trends and an awareness of the organization’s upcoming promotions and product rollouts, demand planning systems enable simulating potential demand and adjusting an organization’s incoming inventories accordingly.

Common Feautres of Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Software

Optimization software handles capacity planning as well as sequencing and scheduling. Beyond simply providing demand estimation data, it allows organizations to act immediately on any pertinent information gathered from the data by altering delivery schedules, shifting stored inventory loads and adjusting revenue and expense projections. These actions ensure that the buyer does not purchase too many or too few supplies to meet demand.

Specific features of this software include:

Cost and capacity modeling This essential feature provides the quantitative tools to model future and anticipated supply and demand activities.
Customizable planning goals The right system will allow you to create plans based on your individual business priorities. This should include the ability to capture and compare multiple versions of a forecast based on different “what-if” scenarios.
Problem detection Ensure that the software will help you identify material shortages in any plan and suggest solutions to address those problems.
Data synchronization This describes the ability to connect to a data source, facilitating delivery schedules, inventory loads and expense/revenue projections.

Evaluating Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Software

Recent advances in networked solutions have brought about a series of collaborative solutions that allow buyers and suppliers to share the burden of planning and reduce the amount of nonproductive inventory. Vendor managed inventory software is one of the many planning systems that takes advantage of e-Kanban technologies, which alert the vendor when the buyer has run out of supplies so that they can send in new batches of products.

When selecting a software, cost will be an obvious concern, as will the features and functionality. You should also consider order consistency, hands-on management activity and inventory levels as important influencers in your decision-making process.

Benefits of Supply Chain Planning and Optimization Software

Businesses will see a variety of benefits that come with the successful implementation of planning and optimization software. The right system will enable you to:

Improve operational planning. Planning and optimization solutions are designed to improve and streamline your supply chain, from procurement to storage and transportation. They enable supply chain managers to redesign and optimize the supply chain by modeling complex logistic routes along with adding model constraints specific to their business. In addition, advanced systems provide analytics capabilities to create queries, maps and reports.

Ensure cost-effective operations. Supply chain planning and optimization is a complex process that involves data analysis, optimization algorithms and simulations to create optimum supply chains for businesses. Optimized supply chains enable companies to reduce transportation costs, manual effort and storage costs. In addition, it allows users to manage demand variation and business constraints.

Create accurate simulation models. Simulation techniques enable users to analyze relationships between relevant factors and their impacts on the supply chain to aid in decision-making. This helps when forecasting storage availability, scheduling production and managing inventory that makes logistics and supply chain operations move forward smoothly.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Third-party logistics provider. Organizations that manage the supply, storage and transportation of supplies for another business need an planning and optimization software to streamline and optimize their processes. A well-established supply chain planning process allows managers to proactively identify possible challenges and correct them in a timely manner. Logistics companies can also optimize their routes to save on costs by using machine learning and advanced algorithms.

Manufacturing vendor. Planning software lets manufacturers view storage space availability, predict product demand and collaborate with suppliers. The software also allows manufacturers to track and manage inventory levels to prevent stock shortages and the loss of production.

Distributor or supplier. Distributors are the backbone of any supply chain industry and serve as a bridge between manufacturers and retailers. Planning and optimization software enables distributors to manage products from different suppliers and maintain optimum inventory levels in their warehouses. In addition, the transportation of products to different retail or customer endpoints is carried out by these distributors.

Deployment Models and Pricing

Planning and optimization software is typically available in one of two deployment models, which tend to have different pricing structures:

Cloud-based. Cloud-based planning and optimization software is hosted on the vendor’s servers and is generally priced under a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, which means that users typically pay a monthly or annual subscription fee based on the number of users. There is a gradual shift in the market as more software vendors are opting for cloud-based solutions. Also, customers are more inclined to adopt these solutions, as they offer added flexibility and don’t incur additional IT infrastructure cost. On the flip side, subscription-based solutions tend to be more expensive in the long term compared with solutions that follow a license-based pricing model.

On-premise. On-premise planning and optimization software is hosted on the user’s own servers. Users may need specialized IT infrastructure, such as servers, operating systems and a network configuration that are compatible with the software. Typically, on-premise deployment costs a flat, upfront fee to use the software indefinitely, though there may be recurring support and maintenance fees involved. The upfront fee is also generally based on the number of users on the system.