Which SC Control Tower system to use?

Overview of SC Control Tower systems

Based on the control tower set-up requirements regarding functionality, technology/data, services, ability to execute and costs will be identified and a long list of potential IT solutions will be prepared. Industry, supply chain and geography focus/expertise of the provider and core capabilities/functionality of the system will play an important role. This overview provides a categorization and summary of systems being used to support SC Control Towers. For questions or comments on this overview, please contact Rob van Doesburg (rob.van.doesburg@transportimprovement.com). 

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AEB

Trade and logistics software provider

Global

Monitoring & Alerting

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing and retail

Adaption-it

Logistics software provider

Europe

Supply Chain Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Logistic service providers

Alpega group

Transportation software provider

Global

TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturers and retailers

BluJay Solutions

GTM and transportation software provider

Global

TM/Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, retail, and logistics service providers

Blue Yonder

Supply Chain technology solutions provider

Global

Luminate Control Tower

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Consumer products, manufacturing, retail and 3PL

Blue Yonder

Supply Chain technology solutions provider

Global

Transportation Management

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Consumer products, manufacturing, retail and 3PL

BlueRock Logistics

Transportation software provider

Global

TMS & Control tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Logistics service providers, retail and fashion (a.o.)

Blume Global

Supply Chain technology solutions provider

Global

Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Logistic service providers

Board

Planning and BI software provider

Global

Supply Chain Control Tower

Planning software (add-on/module)

Plan

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products and retail

C.H. Robinson (TMC)

3PL/4PL

Global

Navisphere TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Industrial manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage and automotive

CBX Software

Global sourcing software provider

Global

SCM software

Sourcing software (add-on/module)

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Retailers

Caroz

4PL and TMS provider

Europe

THE TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products, retail, wholesale and chemicals

Centiro

Delivery and service networks software provider

Global

Centiro Perspective

TMS (add-on/module)

End-to-end

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Commerce companies

Coupa

Cloud platform for business spend management

Global

Supply Chain Design & Planning

Planning software (add-on/module)

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail

DILX

Logistics IT solutions provider

Global

Orbit Control

TMS (add-on/module)

End-to-end

1. Shipments

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Shippers and logistic service providers

Descartes

Logistics IT solutions provider

Global

Global Logistics Network

Trading network

Transport

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Shippers, carriers, governments and intermediaries

Descartes

Logistics IT solutions provider

Global

TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail, service and 3PL

E2Open

SCM software platform and network provider

Global

Control Tower Capabilities

Dedicated Control Tower solution

Transport (source/deliver)

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Any industry

E2Open

SCM software platform and network provider

Global

TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Any industry

Elemica

Supply chain IT solutions provider

Global

Buy, Move, Sell, Assure, See

Trading network

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Chemicals (process manufacturers)

GEP

Supply chain solutions provider (software and services)

Global

GEP Nexxe Supply Chain Control Tower

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end (plan/source)

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Various industries (shippers)

IBM

Cloud platform and cognitive solutions provider

Global

SC (Inventory) Control Tower

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

5. +Automated decision making

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, healthcare and retail

Incore

Cloud solution for procurement + logistics provider

Europe

Inbound and outbound Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Retail, consumer products and construction

Infor (Nexus)

Provider of business cloud software specialized by industry

Global

Infor Nexus Control Center

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

5. +Automated decision making

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail and transportation

Infor (Nexus)

Provider of business cloud software specialized by industry

Global

Infor Nexus Global Freight Management

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail and transportation

Kinaxis

Planning solutions provider

Global

Command & Control Centre

Planning software (add-on/module)

Plan

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products, healthcare and retail

MP Objects (MPO)

Provider of platform for SC Orchestration of orders, inventory, and transport

Global

Control Tower

OMS (add-on/module)

End-to-end (inbound/outbound/service)

2. +Orders

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Brand owners, wholesalers, retailers and logistics service providers

Manhattan Associates

Provider of supply chain, inventory and omnichannel IT solutions

Global

Manhattan Active Supply Chain

OMS (add-on/module)

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

2. +Orders

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail and wholesale

Manhattan Associates

Provider of supply chain, inventory and omnichannel IT solutions

Global

Manhattan Active Transportation Management

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, retail and wholesale

MercuryGate

Transportation management solutions provider

Global

TMS Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

3PL and retail, manufacturing, wholesale, food and grocery

Microsoft

IT solutions and services provider

Global

Power BI

Business intelligence software

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Energy, healthcare, manufacturing and retail

O9 Solutions

Provider of planning solutions

Global

Supply Chain Control Tower

Planning software (add-on/module)

Plan

3. +Products (including inventories)

5. +Automated decision making

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products, retail and healthcare

One Network Enterprises

Intelligent business platform for autonomous supply chain management

Global

Intelligent Control Tower

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

3. +Products (including inventories)

5. +Automated decision making

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumerproducts, retail, healthcare, government and logistic service providers

Optilo

TMS provider

Europe

Internal 4PL solutions

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Logistics operators, distribution and producers

Oracle

ERP and related IT solutions provider

Global

Transportation Management

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Industrial manufacturing, natural resources, automotive, consumer goods, high tech and logistics service providers

Oracle Netsuite

ERP and related IT solutions provider

Global

Supply Chain Control Tower

Planning software (add-on/module)

Plan

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products, retail, healthcare

ProAct International

Supply Chain Software Solutions provider

Europe

Supply Chain Orchestration

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

3PL’s, LLP’s/4PL’s and manufacturers

Qlik

Provider data integration and analytics cloud platform

Global

Supply Chain Data Analytics

Business intelligence software

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Various

RateLinx

Logistics data and service provider

Americas

Accelerated Analytics Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Retail, wholesale and utilities

SAP

Producer of software for the management of business processes

Global

Control Tower (IBP, Ariba, Leonardo)

Planning software (add-on/module)

Plan

3. +Products (including inventories)

4. +Scenario analysis (prescriptive)

Main characteristics

Energy, consumer products and manufacturing

SAP

Producer of software for the management of business processes

Global

Transportation Management

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Consumer products, agriculture/mining/construction, chemical and retail

Shipwell

Provider of TMS and managed services

Americas

Shipwell Platform

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Food and beverages, manufacturing and retail

Siemens Digital Logistics

IT provider in global supply chain management

Europe

Supply Chain Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Industrial manufacturing and transportation

SupplyOn

Shared supply chain collaboration platform 

Europe

Various

Trading network

End-to-end (inbound)

2. +Orders

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Automotive, aerospace, rail, electronics and discrete manufacturing

Tableau

Self-service analytics platform provider

Global

Supply Chain Analytics

Business intelligence software

End-to-end

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, consumer products and retail

TadaNow

Cognitive Supply Chain Platform

Americas

Control Tower

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

3. +Products (including inventories)

5. +Automated decision making

Main characteristics

Manufacturing, CPG, retail, and healthcare

Tesisquare

Providing platforms to manage multienterprise supply chain business networks.

Global

E2e control tower

Trading network

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

2. +Orders

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

CPG, retail, fashion and manufacturing

Transplace

Provider advanced logistics technology and solutions

Americas

Transplace Control Tower

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

3. +Forecasting (predictive)

Main characteristics

Oil and gas, manufacturing, consumer products and retail

Transporeon

Logistics platforms and logistics software provider

Europe

Transport visibility

Trading network

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Shippers, carriers and retail

Trimble (Kuebix)

TMS provider

Americas

TMS

TMS (add-on/module)

Transport (source/deliver)

1. Shipments

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Manufacturing/distribution, chemical, food and beverage and e-commerce/retail

Viewlocity (Constellation Software Inc.)

Provider of supply chain management and performance optimization solutions

Global

Viewlocity Control Tower Platform

Dedicated Control Tower solution

End-to-end (inbound/outbound)

3. +Products (including inventories)

2. +Real-time visibility

Main characteristics

Defense, manufacturing, consumer products, retail and 3PL