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Learn how software is eating the supply chain and enabling the transformation from cost center to profit center

Industry Supply Chains - Operating Characteristics and Benchmarks

Industry Supply Chains

Gain an understanding of the operating characteristics of industries that make, move, store, and sell products (i.e. industries engaged in supply chain activities). The chart above provides a summary of four key operational metrics: gross margin, operating margin, inventory turns, and return on invested capital for more than 3000 companies across 19 industries. The complete analysis can be downloaded here

Global Inventory Turnover Index

How much inventory is in the world

The global inventory turnover index tracks aggregate global inventory turns using a large data set of companies across 19 industries that constitute the goods producing, moving, and storing, selling parts of the economy. As stated in an earlier article, the index is used to understand how much inventory is present across the globe at a given point in time, and how it changes over time.

2023 Software Report 

Gain an understanding of the business of software.  This report provides comprehensive analysis of the business of software, including benchmarks for 290+ public software companies. It provides key insights, overall industry view, operational analysis, historical analysis, IPO analysis, and  market cap analysis.


What is a Control Tower?

Gain an understanding of one of the hottest, yet misunderstood, topics in supply chain management in recent years. This white paper delivers an analysis of the foundational concepts and principles of control towers and how control towers add value to supply chains. 

We believe in the power of software to transform supply chains

This transformation  will come in the form of personalized supply chains of one, as business and the world are increasingly defined by economies of scope versus economies of scale. Will every company become a software company? No, but software will become an increasing part of every company's asset portfolio. The percentage of software assets to overall assets deployed for business usage will increase, meaning software will replace physical assets. 


The Worldlocity Software Market Cap Index

Software Company Market Cap Multiples

The Worldlocity Software Market Cap Index tracks the average multiple of market capitalization to trailing-twelve-months revenue for large group of software companies that is representative of the entire software industry. The index includes 290+ global software companies. The index stood at 5.7 as of the beginning of November 2023. This represents a 60% drop from the highs of 2021, but is a reversion to the averages seen in 2015-2017. The public software markets of 2023 are behaving very much like the markets of 2015-2017. In 2018, software multiples started a gradual rise followed by a rapid rise during the pandemic with an equally rapid fall in 2022. Markets have now stabilized around historical multiples. 

The World as a Supply Chain

Supply chains are critical to advancing companies, societies, and the world overall. Simple statistics show how the world is performing as a supply chain. This is useful not just for absolute analysis but as a reference point against individual companies and countries.

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How Does Amazon Do It?

Amazon is the retail juggernaut of our day. Its supply chain prowess has catapulted it into the masters category of Gartner's top 25 supply chain rankings and fueled its growth towards a $200B company. Most people know Amazon has run a high-growth, nearly-zero-profit business model for more than twenty years, and has been rewarded for doing so by both customers and investors. It is also known that certain parts of its business are low margin and certain parts high margin. In some ways, it's a tale of two companies, albeit two that depend heavily on each other. What does its value chain look like? 

Is Software Eating the World?

Over the past two decades, software has slowly but steadily been replacing physical assets throughout the supply chain. Marc Andreesen popularized this concept more than a decade in his then provocative discussion. It turns out that this is not just a thesis, but there is actual data to support it. The current trajectory shows that software is replacing approximately five to seven percentage points of physical assets per decade. 

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