Supply Chain Execution Market Rides out the Global Recession

With recession (hopefully) winding down, growth drivers should push sales of WMS, TMS and collaborative production management systems, ARC predicts

1279904606575 10326340
Bookmark and Share
Dedham, MA — July 23, 2010 — Since 2006, the Supply chain execution (SCE) market has grown by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) approaching 8 percent, and that growth would have been significantly higher but for the global recession that began pinching in 2008 and that greatly affected many suppliers in 2009, according to a new report from ARC Advisory Group.

ARC defines the supply chain execution market as being composed of warehouse and transportation management systems (WMS and TMS), as well as collaborative production management systems for both process and discrete industries (CPM-P and CPM-D). Market shares and forecasts are based on combining the data from those individual studies.

"The authors of the logistics and production management studies all lowered their forecasts based on the recession, and consequently our forecast for SCE is lower than it was just two years ago," noted Steve Banker, ARC Service Director for Supply Chain Management and the author of two of the studies that were used to compile ARC's "Supply Chain Execution Worldwide Outlook: Market Analysis and Forecast through 2014.

"However, the good news is the recession is winding down, many growth drivers remain, and ARC's forecast reflects those drivers," Banker added.

Growth Drivers

Each application (WMS, TMS, CPM-P and CPM-D) had specific growth factors affecting that market in particular. But certain factors applied to all application areas. These common factors that cross all SCE applications included:

  • Global Sourcing
  • Preferential Trade Agreements
  • Manufacturing and Logistics Outsourcing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Regulatory Pressures

These factors drove growth across all SCE applications and help explain why a fairly robust forecast for the SCE market, ARC said.

More information on this study is available at

Bookmark and Share

Related Links

Related Articles