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RedPrairie Supply Chain Software Review


RedPrairie Software Strengths & Weaknesses

Given RedPrairie's rich history in developing supply chain execution software, and their commitment to advancing their market leading warehouse and transportation software, their supply chain management products deserve at least initial consideration by business and IT buyers. In addition to a strong supply chain feature set, the robust SOA foundation increases flexibility, enhances customer deployment options and generally lowers implementation and operation costs. RedPrairie is one the few vendors pushing the supply chain execution envelope. With a comprehensive set of established best practice features well built into their software, the company can increase its innovation toward the next round of supply chain software trends.

Analyst firm Gartner rates the RedPrairie Warehouse Management system as one of the top two Warehouse Management software products in the market, with Manhattan Associates WMoS being the other. The RedPrairie Transportation Management software is not far behind in the Gartner assessments, matching many of the features and capabilities of the top tier transportation systems; but RedPrairie still needs more depth in the features and a larger global customer base to make it to the best of class level. Additional components, such as WFM and Performance Management, are also available.

If supply chain execution is RedPrairie's strength, its weakness is supply chain planning. Being largely U.S. market focused until recently, the software company is playing catch-up for market share in the global TMS industry. Because of a business strategy to grow through acquisitions, the company has the challenges of overlapping products and dealing with multiple technology stacks.

RedPrairie Warehouse Management Software Strengths

RedPrairie is one of two clearly established software leaders in the Warehouse Management System market. The company continues to raise the bar for WMS software in terms of technology, product breadth and customer benefits.

  • Integrating the RedPrairie Warehouse Management software to warehouse automation technologies is largely done with configuration settings and the RedPrairie's Integrator (EAI system). Without code changes, WM can interface with material handling equipment (MHE), sort directors, put to light equipment, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and forms of auto identification methods.
  • RedPrairie's Warehouse Management software is ideal for high volume 24 by 7 operations.
  • RedPrairie's SOA technology platform streamlines new WMS deployments and simplifies the introduction of new applications that need to share events and information with WMS.
  • RedPrairie's Warehouse Management is not only full featured, covering warehouse management best practices, it is also visionary, pushing frontiers in WMS best practices.

RedPrairie's WMS is widely used in moderate to highly complex operations for retailers, manufacturers and distributors. Applications include distribution centers, fulfillment centers and standard warehousing operations.

RedPrairie Transportation Management Software Strengths

RedPrairie continues to expand the scope and capabilities of its Transportation Management Software offerings, their customer base and their presence in the global market. The company is now aggressively selling in Asia and has some notable European-based customers. RedPrairie has added international capabilities that include European geography, multiple units of measure, multiple currencies and multiple languages.

  • The core multimodal Transportation Management System covers the primary functions of planning, execution, tracking and settlement; addressing relatively complex business requirements.
  • RedPrairie offers competitive solutions in three transportation domains: multimodal planning, execution, tracking and settlement; asset/dedicated fleet routing and scheduling; and multicarrier parcel manifesting.
  • With RedPrairie's breadth of leading edge software solutions that tightly integrate with their TMS offering, they are well positioned as one of the handful of leaders in fully integrated supply chain execution convergence.

RedPrairie Warehouse Management Software Weaknesses

As one of the top two Warehouse Management System solutions, RedPrairie's material weaknesses are few. But there are some considerations that justify a second look before committing to RedPrairie's WMS:

  • RedPrairie has grown in large part through acquisition which has resulted in multiple WMS software products using different technology stacks. A big challenge is consolidating their products, among different technologies and different deployment models, such as supply chain products for on premise installations that meet the needs for large complex warehouse operations, and thin-client or cloud computing products for customers looking for a low cost SaaS solution. These are significant challenges that should not be underestimated by RedPrairie or its customers.
  • RedPrairie sells to customers across industries; but their primary strategy focuses on retail and consumer goods.
  • As with any large and complex supply chain system, WMS requires a large and sophisticated IT support team from multiple technology disciplines.

RedPrairie Transportation Management Software Weaknesses

RedPrairie has recently sold their Transportation Management software to some notable new customers; but still lacks the traction and market presence of its Warehouse Management sibling. RedPrairie has not yet established a top tier position in the Transportation Management software market.

  • RedPrairie's core Transportation Management System is just becoming more global, and it still trails the leading software systems in terms of scope of deployment (variety and number of countries supported, etc.) and depth of international logistics support.
  • While the RedPrairie TMS has very strong features that address North American shippers, it is partnering with several third-party vendors to fill the business requirements gap for their global clients.
  • The RedPrairie core TMS does not have a SaaS-based option. To address the needs of customers looking for a lower cost cloud or Software as a Service solution, they more recently acquired Shipper's Commonwealth.

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