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The global inventory management software market size was valued at USD 1.98 billion in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 2.13 billion in 2023 to USD 4.05 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period.
Inventory management software automates inventory management, simplifies the tasks required to track inventory effectively, manages reorders, and updates accounting data. Companies use this software to minimize product overstocks and interruptions. It is a tool to organize inventory data that used to be stored in traditional formats, such as copies or spreadsheets.
Inventory management software market growth is expected to be fueled by several factors, such as ease in integration with other business systems, such as accounting software or Point-of-Sale (POS) systems. The growing demand for inventory management systems is also due to rising automation in warehouses for inventory control. This factor is driving the global market share. According to a survey by Zebra Technologies, 87% of industrial decision makers are in the process of or planning to expand their warehouses by 2024.
Rising Investments in New Technologies for Inventory Management during COVID-19 Fueled Market Growth
Many companies faced severe interruptions in their production and supply chain operations due to nationwide lockdowns and other restrictions imposed upon them by authorities across the world. This also applied to the global market.
Additionally, it was also found that the percentage of products returned from online sales had increased since the pandemic. Therefore, to be able to manage their inventories more efficiently, companies had to consider the drawbacks of the pandemic. The product demand is rising as organizations have started investing in new technologies for inventory management after the pandemic. A survey conducted by an industry specialist in 2020 showed that 56% of supply chain and inventory management companies planned to invest more in demand forecasting owing to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Growing Adoption of Business Process Automation for Seamless Inventory Control to Propel Market Growth
Business process automation can be extensively implemented for the automation of warehouse processes. With minimal human involvement, it focuses on moving the inventory into, out of, and around the warehouses. With reduced human error, this technology also helps streamline the production processes. The most reliable way for end users to monitor changing supply costs, recalculate stock levels, and have a knowledge of the whole process is to move toward real-time analytics.
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Adoption of Easy Integration Software for Transformation of Inventory Processes to Aid Market Growth
The inventory management system should be integrated with other systems, such as accounting and e-commerce platforms seamlessly. This allows the processes to be run more efficiently, without having to enter data manually. Organizations have started adopting integrated inventory management solutions to minimize costs, improve cash flow, and boost profitability.
Therefore, due to the emergence of various companies offering solutions integrated with technologies that have the potential to transform inventory processes, there is an enormous growth in this market.
Lack of Visibility in Inventory Processes to Hinder Market Growth
There are two fundamental concerns about the lack of visibility in inventory processes. Firstly, the difficulty of finding objects in a large space, such as a warehouse. The second one is to find ordered items and update the stock of outdated listing systems, such as spreadsheets and paper-based databases. Delays in either of the two scenarios could result in a lack of orders, unsatisfactory buyers, or loss of customers. Other factors limiting the market's growth over the forecast period are high investment costs and lack of consumers' acceptance of legacy systems.
Ease of Accessibility and Controllability by On-Premise Inventory Management Software to Increase Its Demand
Based on deployment mode, the market is segmented into on-premise and cloud. In terms of market share, on-premise dominated the market in 2022. An on-premise installation strategy enables users to monitor their site through desktops or additional systems has increased the use of on-premise deployment. The on-premise inventory management systems give users complete control or administrative access to their inventory management software when a program is installed at the company premises.
The cloud segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The backup capacity of an enterprise is enhanced by a cloud-based inventory management model. The use of cloud platforms brings flexibility and stability to a business. The segment’s growth can be attributed to the rise in e-commerce and the various methods of order fulfillment. Organizations are moving from traditional on-premise systems to cloud models due to rising adoption of SaaS and cloud-based solutions in inventory management.
Reducing Risk of Overstocking of Goods to Fuel the Demand for Inventory Control & Tracking
Based on application, the market is segmented into inventory control & tracking, order management, scanning & barcoding, asset management, and others. The inventory control & tracking segment dominated the market in 2022. The growth of the segment is due to the fact that organizations can use this type of management software to ensure that stock levels of their inventory are kept at optimal levels, reducing the risk of overstocking or shortage.
The scanning & barcoding segment is expected to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Barcode scanners are being extensively used for tracking inventory movements throughout a supply chain as customer’s demand more, and are looking for solutions that satisfy their needs. These scanners enable organizations to process a large quantity of goods with Point of Sales (POS) systems and retrieve data directly from the cash register. A GS1 study in 2023, conducted by a worldwide group of barcode standards organizations, shows that using barcodes have resulted in a 76% drop in medication errors as well as a 43% decrease in stock levels across the healthcare sector.
Easy Availability and Storage Capacity of Goods by Inventory Management Software in Large Enterprises to Aid Market Expansion
Based on enterprise type, the market is segmented into large enterprises and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The large enterprises segment dominated the market in 2022. Large enterprises have vast inventories that are difficult to manage. Moreover, inventory management in such a way so as to ensure that the products are not out of stock or unavailable is essential. The development of this software is being encouraged by large enterprises to respond to the growing and unique needs of customers.
The Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment is expected to record a significant CAGR during the forecast period. SMEs have a lower level of inventory. This has reduced the total cost of installing inventory management software. Moreover, inventory tasks allow SMEs to save a considerable amount of time and be able to use it for positive and important interaction with consumers.
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Software Use to Increase in Manufacturing Due to High Need for Time Management While Producing Goods
Based on end-user, the market is categorized into manufacturing, retail & consumer goods, healthcare & life sciences, energy & utilities, automotive, and others. The manufacturing segment dominated the market in 2022. Inventory management is an essential part of modern production to guarantee the timely manufacturing of goods and help businesses properly forecast their inventory levels. The data derived from the inventory management software informs a company on its purchase, production, and sales decisions.
The healthcare and life sciences segment is expected to register a higher CAGR during the forecast period. To ensure the efficient administration of healthcare organizations, effective medical inventory management is essential. The medical inventory of hospitals involves the management of stock for use by healthcare professionals. Moreover, to improve communication between departments, increase productivity, maintain compliance, and reduce the time taken in inventory control by medical personnel, a simplified inventory management system makes it easier to track equipment and supplies.
Regionally, the market is fragmented into North America, South America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.
North America Inventory Management Software Market Size, 2017-2030 (USD Billion)
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North America held a major market share in 2022. The market for inventory management systems in the region is expected to grow due to the rising demand for efficient supply chain management in combination with the rapid adoption of this technology. In addition, the regional market is expected to grow at a considerable pace during the forecast period due to the increasing presence of key market players and a growing focus on multichannel inventory integration platforms.
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Asia Pacific is anticipated to record the highest growth rate during the forecast period. In this region, automation is enhancing the operations of governments and businesses. The market growth in the region is also supported by increasing private and public investments in inventory and supply chain activities to boost the usage of automation.
The Middle East & Africa is expected to register the second-highest growth rate in the global market during the forecast period. In this region, a strong proliferation of inventory management software has resulted from reduced inventory costs and increased cash flow in the healthcare sector. This is mainly by ensuring that their goods are stored to the level of usage.
Market Players Announce Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnerships, and Product Development Strategies to Promote Customer Reach
Key players operating in the global market are focusing on providing better inventory management to enhance the operational efficiency of businesses. These companies are focusing on acquiring small and local firms to expand their business presence. Moreover, mergers & acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and leading investments in inventory management will help these companies increase their market reach.
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The report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects, such as leading companies and leading end-users of the product. Besides, the report offers insights into the inventory management software market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
CAGR of 9.6% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
By Deployment Mode
By Enterprise Type
The market is projected to reach USD 4.05 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the market value stood at USD 1.98 billion.
The market is projected to record a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period.
The manufacturing segment is the leading the market.
Adoption of easy integration software for the transformation of inventory processes will aid the market growth.
Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd., IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Lightspeed, CIN7 Ltd., Linnworks, Intuit Inc., Acumatica, Inc., Fishbowl, and Brightpearl are the top players in the global market.
North America is expected to hold the largest market share.
Asia Pacific is expected to display the highest growth rate during the forecast period.
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