WMS Market Seen Reaching $1.3 Billion by 2009

Consolidation roiling the market, leaving end users with questions about vendor viability, ARC reports

Acquisitions and Mergers

  • Oracle, which acquired PeopleSoft in December 2004. Previous to this, PeopleSoft had acquired JD Edwards, which did offer a WMS solution.

  • Infor, which acquired the ERP companies Lilly Software Associates, NxTrend and daly.commerce between March and September 2004.

  • Retailix, which acquired OMI International, which has a best of breed solution focused on the grocery industry, to increase their product suite in January 2004.

Best of Breeds Active in M&A, Too

  • LIS, a prominent European supplier, which was acquired by RedPrairie in February 2004 to increase their reach on that continent. RedPrairie, in turn, was acquired by Francisco Partners, a private venture fund, in May 2005.

  • HighJump Software, which was acquired by 3M in January 2004. Although not known for software, 3M does have some profitable software divisions. One 3M application, for example, is focused on providing solutions for packaging lines. HighJump subsequently announced they were developing a production management solution, and there is the prospect that their supply chain execution suite will come to have considerably more manufacturing functionality.

  • Catalyst International, acquired by ComVest Investment Partners in September 2004. Catalyst was a public company. Their shareholders sold out to ComVest, which then took the company private.

  • Yantra, acquired by Sterling Commerce in January 2004. Sterling's goal is to create a platform for enabling the extended supply chain, and they found Yantra's technology stack quite appealing for this purpose.


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