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Manhattan Supply Chain System Review

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Manhattan Associates Ideal Fit and Alternative Software

Manhattan WMoS Ideal Fit
Manhattan Associates supply chain software aids wholesale distribution and retail organizations in optimizing their supply chain operations holistically, from planning through execution. Short list Manhattan Associates for:

  • Large complex and highly automated 24 by 7 operations requiring real time interfaces to MHE.
  • Flow through distribution centers or cross-dock facilities driven by ASNs, inbound appointments, and manifesting outbound truck loads.
  • Large B2B fulfillment centers and distributors driven by allocations for both inbound shipments and large reserve stock inventories.
  • High volume direct to consumer fulfillment centers with active pick inventory, hot and lean replenishment, unit sorting and packing, and outbound parcel manifesting and shipments.
  • Large retail chains looking to save on transportation, handling and administrative costs with regional distribution supply chain models.
  • High volume inbound and outbound operations with multiple dock doors, requiring 1 - 2 hours turn around per trailer.
  • Combined retail supply and distribution life cycle supply chain management processes. Manhattan's software provides retailers with planning and forecasting tools to accommodate demand for enterprise merchandise planning or item and assortment planning—from the retail distribution center to an individual store.

Manhattan TLM Idea Fit

  • Companies with an Asia-Pacific Rim presence and multimodal planning and execution transportation needs.
  • Manhattan Associates clients already using or planning to use WMoS with complex transportation needs.
  • When high volume parcel manifesting is required.
  • Companies with high volume multi-leg TO or LTL procurement, routing and load optimization needs, across private and contracted fleets.
  • Companies looking for single integrated transportation software solutions from procurement to delivery.

Warehouse Management Open Systems supports WMS best practices required by large, complex and highly automated warehouses, distribution centers and direct to consumer fulfillment centers. TLM global multimodal planning, execution and payment features may be a strong fit for companies using WMoS with complex transportation needs that includes Asia and pacific rim operations.

Alternative Solutions
IT buyers may be best advised to consider alternative supply chain software products when:

  • If it comes to comparable WMS features, capabilities and best of breed approaches, also consider RedPrairie WM/D, Soften, Tecsys, HighJump, Accellos and Sterling Commerce.
  • For smaller, less complex WMS needs, WMoS is costly and complex to implement and support. Alternatively, consider Manhattan's WMi and SCALE, or WMS solutions that are geared towards your industry or niche requirements.
  • If your global needs take you to Europe, consider Oracle's OTM and JDA's i2 as an alternative TLM.
  • If you are using Oracle or SAP ERP solutions, their WMS and TMS solutions may be a better fit and provide a more seamless integration. Both are mature products that continue to evolve.
  • Manhattan Associates supply chain system is not as functionally rich for retail store operations, as compared to its much more comprehensive lifecycle management in the upstream supply chain. Retailers seeking planning and forecasting software to accommodate demand for enterprise merchandise planning or item and assortment planning may find competitor RedPrairie advantageous.

Concluding Remarks

When it comes to best of breed supply chain management software, Manhattan Associates is a best of class system for large, complex and sophisticated supply chain execution needs. Even if your preference is a fully integrated supply chain management suite, you may still find yourself choosing to implement WMoS or outsourcing to a 3PL that uses WMoS.

While not the largest supply chain management software vendor, Manhattan continues to invest a high proportion of its annual revenues in research and development, and show the benefits of deeper business software feature sets and more adaptive software technology.

Because of its quality software products, large customer base and strong financial position, Manhattan Associates may be a prime acquisition for a company with the cash and the desire to jump start their position in the Supply Chain Execution market. As the global economy recovers, and enterprise software companies return to their M&A growth strategies, Manhattan may become an appealing target. End

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