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Below is my list of links to Inventory Management, Manufacturing, Material Handling, and Warehousing related sites. The listing of a site does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services offered. I have categorized the sites to simplify navigation, use the site index on the right side of this page to jump to a specific category. If you are aware of related sites please forward them to email@inventoryops.com .

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If you have a question or would like to participate in web forums dedicated to inventory management and warehouse operations I have included several links below. I've been watching these forums for over a decade and have to say things look rather dismal. Many forums have died and gone away, and those still around have very little participation. I recommend looking at previously asked questions first as often the same question has already been addressed. I also recommend full participation, which means if you ask a question, you should also try to answer someone else's question. Come on ...you must know something.



Trade Publications.

Many of the trade publications web sites maintain article archives that can be searched. They also are good resource for finding info on trade shows, seminars, and educational courses. Most of the magazines listed offer free subscriptions with online registration..


General Informational Sites

Inventory Management

  • Visit my articles page for more inventory management information.

Information Technology.

Also see Software Sites Listing

  • CIO.com You don't have to be an IT exec. to appreciate this site. Well organized structure makes it easy to find info on just about any IT related topic. Site includes an extensive collection of content-rich articles from CIO magazine and other sources. Make sure you visit the ERP and Supply Chain Management Research Centers. A Previous InventoryOps.com Featured Site.
  • Industrial Data and Information Inc. I'll quote their site "IDII is an Independent Research Consulting Company focused on software selection, evaluation, & implementation for Warehousing, Manufacturers, Wholesalers, & Retailers. I really like this site, lots of info. Software evaluation resources, educational resources, software newsletter, and over 100 white papers.
  • TechRepublic Enterprise Apps. Source for ERP info.
  • IT Toolbox Supply Chain. Very well organized site focused on supply chain information technology. Site allows visitors to post online reviews of software packages and consultants (I didn't see any reviews posted).
  • KnowledgeStorm. Directory of Information Technology solutions. This site has the largest and most detailed online database of business software (ERP, MRP, WMS, TMS, Financials) that I've seen. Requires registering to view detailed fact sheets.
  • SourceForge.net Interested in Open Source software (a.k.a. Free)? SourceForge.net is "the world's largest Open Source development website".
  • Accounting Software 411. Definitely more than just accounting software here. The site maintains a comprehensive database of software packages. You can select several package and compare features. Also maintains a message board for each software package (currently not a lot of messages on most packages but still a great idea).
  • Small Business Computing.com Good source for tech info for small business.
  • TechnologyEvaluation.com Products for evaluating ERP and SCM software products
  • ISIT.com Information on integrating information technology.
  • Achieving Supply Chain Excellence through Technology (ASCET). Site provides extensive information on supply chain management and technology.
  • TechWeb Great general technology site.
  • About.com's Database Page. Managing inventory requires managing the data that is used to manage inventory. This site has info on the various databases available and related tools.
  • High Tech Services. This company provides extensive information on Automation Technologies. I found this site while looking for information on PLC s (Programmable Logic Controllers) and was extremely impressed with the amount of information offered here. If you have any interest in industrial automation, I highly recommend this site. Don't miss the Tutorials.
  • ERP Software News. Collection of ERP related articles and news releases.
  • SupplyChainIT.com A collection of news related to supply chain information technology


  • Essentials of Lean Manufacturing by Strategos Excellent site on lean manufacturing.
  • About.com's Industry Page. Good jumping off point for news, info, and links to various industry related topics.
  • SearchManufacturing.com Organized links to manufacturing related sites.
  • The Manufacturing Report. On-line source for news and information in the manufacturing industries.
  • SuperFactory.com Virtual Plant Tours This is a great collection of links to online manufacturing plant tours provided by SuperFactory.com. Also visit SuperFactory home page for extensive links to manufacturing operations related resources.
  • Download-com.com A collection of free downloads related to industrial applications. Downloads include PDFs, Powerpoint presentations, E-books, and some software.
  • Business Industrial Network. This site does stray a little from the scope of "inventory operations", however, I decided to include it due to its extensive content. The primary focus of the site is related to PLCs. So for those responsible for plant automation and maintenance, this is a great site.

Auto ID/Barcode/Voice/RFID/Data Collection.

 Also see RF/Bar Code/Data Collection Manufacturers Links, Bar Code Books , Article on ADC, and Article on RFID.

Warehousing/Material Handling.

 Also see Articles Page

  • Material Handling Picture Bank Great site for viewing images of material handling equipment and activities..A Previous InventoryOps.com Featured Site.
  • Material Handling Info.com. Sponsored by Eskay, this is a combination of an educational site and a commercial site. Good information on automated material handling systems.
  • Interactive Warehouse. Interactive site which lets you set up a warehouse, create an order and let the system design the best picking route. Also gives info on the various methods for picking the best route and the effect warehouse design has on routing software.
  • The Distribution Group. Provides publications related to warehousing and distribution.
  • The Progress Group Logistics and Supply Chain consulting firm. Site contains some excellent white papers on logistics and warehouse operations.
  • Transystems Transportation Consulting company. Site contains on online "Rules of Thumb" equipment calculator (previously provided by Gross& Associates).
  • Material Handling Equipment Taxonomy. From the North Carolina State University Site, these pages contain illustrations and brief descriptions of material handling and storage equipment. Good educational tool.
  • elogistics101 Site has several short articles on fulfillment topics. Focus on piece pick operations.
  • Internet-based Data Envelopment Analysis (IDEA). Provided by Georgia Tech, this site offers an interactive program that provides a self-assessment of warehouse operations. Users must register and then answer a series of questions about their warehousing operations. The program will then compare input data to similar operations in its database and provide the user with comparative information. I believe that it also maintains your input data as part of its database for use in benchmarking and other studies.
  • ForkliftAction.com If you're in the lift truck industry or just have an interest in lift trucks, this is a great site. Site includes discussion forums, industry news, directories, used equipment marketplace, and a whole lot more.

Transportation and Logistics


  • About.com's Retail Industry Page. I don't maintain much retail related info on my site (not my area of expertise) so if you're looking for retail info I suggest starting with About.com's retail page.
  • RetailSystems.com "IT resource for retail, supply chain, and e-commerce professionals"


  • FreeQuality. Quality related info. Free downloads including quality software and training materials.
  • John Grout's Mistake-Proofing Center. Very good independent site focusing on mistake-proofing/Poka-Yoke. Site includes examples and glossary of terms.

Business: General

  • Krislyn's Strictly Business. Categorized links to business related sites.
  • About.com' Management Page. Good general business info.
  • Entrepreneur and Small Business Resource Web Site. Info and categorized links to business related sites.
  • ARC Advisory Group These are the guys you see regularly quoted in the trades on issues related to market research, best practices, technology application, etc. They provide many services including subscription based information services and also provide some free reports and white papers online.
  • Great Systems. Good independent site on organizational improvement and leadership.
  • RJD Associates, Inc. Small business management consultant's site. This site has made the entire contents of two books available free online. The books: The Laws of Management Physics: A Handbook for Hands-On Managers, and Will the Real Inventory Please Stand Up & Be Counted are written by Richard J. Dadamo (the RJD in RJD Associates) and take a no-nonsense approach to managing an organization.
  • AuditNet. Good info on auditing.


Also see Inventoryops Dictionary/Glossary



Also see my articles on Lift Truck Safety, Loading Dock Safety, and Ergonomics. Buy the book

Equipment Sites:

Equipment (Lift Trucks).

Also see Lift Truck Pics and my article on Lift Truck Basics for information on types of vehicles.


Equipment (Storage Systems-Racking).

Also see Racking Pics

Equipment (Material Handling Systems, Conveyor, ASRS, AGV, Carousels).

 Also check my Conveyor Pics and Automated Equipment Pics pages, ASRS/AGVS User's Association and MaterialHandlingInfo.com.


Equipment (Misc.)

Also see my Dock Equipment Pics Page


Equipment (Bar Code, RF, Data Collection, )

For more info Auto Id Information links, InventoryOps Bookshelf, and

Other Sources of Product Information Various directories of equipment manufacturers


Software Sites:

Note: Since it's not always easy to classify software packages I suggest you look through all of the categories. You may find some of the listings under ERP are just manufacturing or accounting packages and there may be some listings under manufacturing that have ERP capabilities. There are also various miscellaneous software packages scattered through these listings. I can't possibly maintain a comprehensive listing of business software so I instead choose to list some of the big players as well as an assortment of smaller, less expensive packages, and some just because they're interesting. Also be aware the software industry is constantly changing and I don't particularly have the time or interest in keeping up with all the consolidation, renaming, etc.

Software (ERP systems).

For more links and information I suggest CIO magazine's ERP research center, TechRepublic's ERP Supersite, ERPfans.com, IT Toolbox Supply Chain ERP Software News

  • Compiere Free (sort of) open source ERP/CRM solution. Targeting small to mid-sized distribution and service organizations, Compiere is an open source ERP and CRM solution. If you're disgusted with ERP licensing fees, have some internal I.S. expertise, and an adventurous spirit, you may be a candidate for an open source solution. Compiere does offer fee-based support but there is no obligation to use it. If you are interested in other open source projects check out SourceForge.net. One catch here is that it appears that Compiere is is built on a commercial database (not free), therefore you would end up with some licensing fees.
  • Opentaps Open source ERP/CRM solution.
  • webERP Another open source ERP system, and this one looks like it really is Free. webERP is browser-based ERP system built on PHP and MySQL.
  • JD Edwards Enterprise Software
  • SAP SAP R/3 and mySAP
  • System Software Associates BPCS software
  • American Software
  • Oracle. ERP and everything else.
  • PeopleSoft.
  • Baan
  • Mapics
  • Syspro
  • QAD MFG/PRO software
  • Lilly Software Associates
  • Harris Data Enterprise software for mid-sized manufacturers and distributors.
  • ProfitKey. ERP
  • Great Plains Software Offering enterprise solutions for midmarket business. The recent acquisition of Great Plains by Microsoft has the potential of creating a high end business management solution with broad availability to small and mid-sized business. This will be one to keep an eye on.
  • Enterprise Logix ERP for small to mid-sized manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Seradex ERP for make-to-order, engineer-to-order, and project-based businesses.
  • Catalpa Systems Core2 ERP software
  • Expandable Software. Windows NT based ERP system developed for manufacturing (MRPII)
  • Deacom ERP for manufacturing.
  • SMC Data Systems
  • Prelude Systems Inc. Software focusing on Distribution Industry.
  • Prophet21 Software focusing on durable goods distribution.
  • Freeboarders, Inc. Supply Chain software for the global retail industry.
  • The LAN Group. Packaged and custom business software products (WMS/ERP).
  • NetSuite. Hosted internet-based ERP products for various sized companies.
  • Ezijobz Software. ERP for small to mid-sized manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Manufacturing Action Group Inc. ERP/MRP software for small to mid sized businesses. Includes pricing!!!
  • Best Software Formerly Sage Software, Best Software offers several ERP systems for small to mid-sized business including MAS 90, MAS 2000, Platinum, and Best Enterprise.
  • Mosaic Data Solutions. ERP for small to mid-sized businesses
  • WinMan Windows based ERP for small to mid sized manufacturers
  • 2020software.com. "The Accounting and Business Software Resource." I generally don't include distributors on my sites page however the collection of low to mid priced accounting and inventory software at this site makes it unique. Includes pricing!!!
  • Tuppas Software Manufacturing-focused ERP.
  • Xdata Solutions. ERP focusing on make-to-order


Software (Inventory Management/Warehouse Management Systems)

Also read my article Warehouse Management Systems and visit Industrial Data and Information Inc for more info on WMS systems.

Software (Forecasting / Demand planning / inventory optimization).

  • John Galt Solutions ForecastX line of forecasting products. Includes pricing!!!
  • Valogix Forecasting and inventory planning software specifically designed for service parts and MRO.
  • E/Step Software Inc. Forecasting software
  • S.F.T. Inc. Offers Demand Planning Software. Also maintains informational pages on forecasting and mrp. Very good site!!
  • TCLogic Inventory Optimization software
  • Logic Tools Inventory optimization and supply chain optimization products.
  • ToolsGroup Inventory optimization software.
  • Smart Software Smart Forecast demand planning software.
  • Evant Demand planning software for the retail industry.
  • Forecast Pro Forecasting software.
  • Supply Science Demand planning software.
  • Demand Solutions Demand planning software.
  • Thrive Technologies Demand planning software for mid-sized distribution, retail, and manufacturing.
  • Demantra Demand planning and promotion management software focusing on retail industry.
  • StockRight. Software designed for determining EOQ , safety stock, ROP available as Excel add-in or ActiveX.
  • SIAM "Supplier and Inventory Analysis Module" Inventory optimization software.
  • SCP 4.0 Advanced planning and vendor managed inventory system.
  • RockySoft Demand Planning software


Software (Manufacturing).

Also see ERP Software for more manufacturing software

  • DBA Software Manufacturing software for small manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • JobTime Systems, Inc. Finite Capacity Scheduling and Advanced Planning and Scheduling Software. Various product offerings based on size and complexity of operations. Nice site, clearly understandable product descriptions and it Includes pricing!!!
  • Alliance Manufacturing Software. low-cost MRP software aimed at smaller manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Software PM. AS/400 based MRPII software for small manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • MRP Plus MS Access based manufacturing software for small to mid sized manufacturers Includes pricing!!!
  • Software PM low-cost AS/400 based software designed for the small manufacturer. Includes pricing!!!
  • pc/MRP Multi-user MRP package for under $1,000. I was surprised to see the amount of functionality offered in this budget MRP package. Obviously targeting very small manufacturers pc/MRP provides a low-cost single solution that allow even the smallest Mom-and-Pop shop the opportunity to retire their paper based system. Includes pricing!!!
  • INMASS/MRP Computer software for manufacturing. PC based "cost-effective" manufacturing software. Includes pricing!!!
  • MRPManager MRP and inventory tracking for small manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Catalyst Manufacturing Low-cost MS-Access based MRP software designed for small manufacturers. Interfaces with Peachtree Accounting and Quickbooks.. Includes pricing!!!
  • Invertech MRA Low-cost "material requirements analysis" software Includes pricing!!!
  • Factory Edge. Manufacturing software for small to mid sized manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Coss Systems. Manufacturing software for small to mid sized manufacturers
  • Job Master Low-cost manufacturing software. Includes pricing!!!
  • Aim Computer Solutions "Repetitive manufacturing solutions targeted specifically for the small to medium sized automotive supplier".
  • Guerrilla Enterprise Management Low-cost MRP software for small manufacturers. Includes pricing!!!
  • Ultriva Lean manufacturing software products including kanban and scheduling tools.
  • FactoryWare. Offers information tools for the manufacturing industry. Hardware/software for monitoring machine cycle time, downtime, etc.
  • nMetric Manufacturing software for scheduling and managing shop floor activities.
  • .EXE, Inc Manufacturing-focused Business Intelligence and Data Collection systems designed to enhance functionality of ERP systems.
  • ATSI Manufacturing solutions for data collection and machine controls including systems to track down time and count machine cycles, pieces produced, etc..
  • Production-Scheduling.com Low-cost custom spreadsheet-based scheduling software. Designs custom spreadsheets to meet your constraints-based scheduling needs.
  • Symmetrix Software, Inc ProdLogix product configuration software for configure-to-order manufacturing.
  • User Solutions, Inc. Offers a variety of low-cost software products (actually spreadsheet templates) for inventory management, forecasting, scheduling. Looks like some good products for small to medium sized manufacturers looking to fill in the gaps of functionality deprived accounting software packages. Includes pricing!!!
  • Guardian Business Solutions. Makers of ShopTalk manufacturing execution software that focuses on user productivity through the use of touch screens, voice, and wearable technologies.
  • Shoplogix Looks like some type of shop floor visibility/ manufacturing execution system.

Software (Shipping Systems/Manifesting/TMS)

Software (Miscellaneous).

  • Warehouse Optimization LLC. Makers of AutoPalletP3 and AutoLoaderT3 software for optimizing pallet configuration and trailer loading. I give two thumbs up to the 2 animated movies on this site showing the application of the software and allowing the viewer to interact with the movie through trailer loading and pallet loading games. I so enjoyed the movies/games that I've included direct links to them (note: you need to download Flash 5 to view the movies). Movie#1 Movie#2
  • Cube-IQ Load optimization software for container and trailer loading, palletization, and cartonization.
  • Load Planner Load optimization software.
  • DC Expert Warehouse design and optimization program.
  • Systems2win Various Excel templates for lean kaizen, process improvement, and business planning.
  • Enterprise Dynamics. Make simulation software for warehousing, manufacturing, and material handling. Free demo download available.
  • Brooks Automation. AutoMod Simulation software.
  • SIMUL8 Simulation software.
  • Showflow Simulation software
  • Flexsim Simulation software.
  • DC Optimizer Simulation product designed specifically to simulate warehouse layouts and slotting.
  • Mouse Map. This 3-D visualization tool from Wild Mouse Software provides a simple and low cost means of visualizing and communicating warehouse processes and layouts. Though not a true simulation tool, I can see using this product for training, presentations, and communication of process and layout changes. Based on the documentation (available online) it looks like a very easy tool to use.


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