As we enter the new year, the Supply Chain Matters blog features our second 2020 edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news which we believe would be of specific interest to our global-based blog readership.  Supply Chain Matters This Week in Supply Chain Technology

Included in this edition are highlights related to noteworthy announcements and/or developments related to:

IBM Sterling

Meritor and TransPower



IBM Sterling Announces Enhanced Retail Industry Focused Capabilities

In conjunction with the National Retail Federation’s Annual Conference held this week, IBM Sterling announced enhanced application support capabilities are being developed in collaboration with other providers for the IBM Sterling™ Supply Chain platform to enhance process areas related to returns, Omnichannel and logistics challenges.

Among the noted participating technology partners are Salesforce, Publicis Sapient, IBM Services, project44 and Flooid. These efforts are directed at helping to accelerate retailers’ digital transformation initiatives at scale using the recently launched, open Sterling supply chain platform.

IBM Services and Bluewolfan IBM company, are developing a Connector with the support of MuleSoft that will be designed to integrate the IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Service Cloud and Marketing Cloud. The termed enterprise-grade, platform-to-platform integration is being developed to help retailers deliver consistent and personalized shopping moments by blending the online and offline shopping experience.

Publicis Sapient – the digital transformation hub of Publicis Groupe is now extending their relationship with IBM piloting the IBM Sterling Developer Hub with support and resources provided by the new ‘Powered by IBM Sterling’ program. Having built a skilled order management practice, Publicis Sapient plans to bring additional supply chain solutions to the market using the IBM B2B platform.

project 44 and the provider’s Advanced Visibility Platform TM are reportedly being directed at helping the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers, and distributors transform the customer experience and automate inefficiencies across the entire supply chain. project44 plans to integrate its extensive and fast-growing global carrier network with IBM Sterling, to help clients obtain more accurate shipment ETAs, identify vital up and down stream impacts to their inventory and orders, and quickly respond to relevant supply chain events.

In December 2019, SAP and project44 announced a joint collaboration to provide a joint offering addressing key transportation processes that will connect, automate and provide added visibility data and insights from project44’s capabilities and delivered within the SAP Logistics Business Network.

An added note from our Supply Chain Matters perspective is the market significance of IBM’s linking of its IBM Sterling B2B supply chain platform with that of Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Likewise, project44’s  collaboration with both IBM Sterling and SAP B2B supply chain platforms is also significant.


Meritor Acquires TransPower to Advance Electrification Expertise

Meritor, a global wide supplier of drivetrain, mobility and braking equipment to commercial vehicle and industrial markets, announced that the company has acquired all the outstanding common shares of Transportation Power, Inc..

TransPower, a California-based company, supplies integrated drive systems, full electric truck solutions and energy-storage subsystems to major manufacturers of trucks, school buses, refuse vehicles and terminal tractors. The company has been focused exclusively on developing electrical drive solutions since its inception in 2010.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

According to the announcement, the addition of TransPower’s product portfolio will allow Meritor to advance its M2022 priorities with increased investment in next-generation technologies.  The move is aimed at enhancing Meritor’s Blue Horizon brand, an emerging platform of advanced technologies centered on electrification of vehicles.


Agillitics Announces Addition of Chief Solutions Strategist

Agillitics, a provider of digital supply chain services announced the naming of industry veteran Jeff Metersky to serve in the role of Chief Solutions Strategist.

According to the announcement, Metersky will bring his vast supply chain design, optimization and analytics experience in order to focus on business development, alliance management, solution development and delivery.

Metersky brings a 35-year career focused on helping organizations adopt supply chain network design planning principles and technologies. He previously co-founded Chainalytics, a global supply chain, analytics and market intelligence firm, and recently served as Vice President of Solution Strategy for supply chain planning and analytics technology provider LLamasoft.


This concludes our latest edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech.


An Added Note to ReadersSupply Chain Matters will feature our This Week in Supply Chain Tech highlight series periodically as announcements warrant.