Microsoft buys warehouse, transportation management software

Microsoft buys warehouse, transportation management software

Summary: Microsoft plans to add software acquired from one of its partners to its Dynamics AX ERP product.


Microsoft has acquired warehouse and transportation management software to supplement its Dynamics AX ERP product from partner Blue Horseshoe.


The acquisition was announced July 8, the opening day of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. Financial terms of the deal were not available.

Microsoft is buying Blue Horseshoe's Warehousing for AX (WAX) and Transportation for AX (TRAX) product ines. These products are currently part of Blue Horseshoe's Supply Chain Suite for Dynamics AX. Microsoft plans to use the two products to accelerate its supply-chain-management roadmap, according to a press release.

WAX and TRAX handle functions including improved inventory control, embedded radio frequency, inbound and outbound warehouse operations, rate, route and load planning, and freight reconcilliation.

Microsoft delivered the most recent version of AX, Dynamics AX 2012 R2, at the end of 2012.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • UPS, USPS, FedEx, GOD, etc...

    All these guys already have cross-docking systems in place. So who are the customers? Maybe Microsoft is following Google into the "Same Day" delivery business. Though Google is doing it by working with local retail businesses like Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, etc. I believe that Google is going to piggyback off the retailers distribution network with some sort of integrated ordering system. Maybe Microsoft is thinking emerging markets like Africa.
    • Different kind of software.

      This is a warehousing, transport, and supply chain software system. This is largely for handling internal logistics before a company ships goods or after goods are received - it isn't for UPS, etc to manage their own shipping and handling activities.

      This is software designed more for manufacturing companies than retailers (though retailers could certainly use it to manage their warehouse and distribution channels as well). Google doesn't do anything in this space.
  • WMS is something like flash-memory-card controller for physical goods

    If you imagine todays big warehouses as flat-pack "chips" laid on the earth-plane around, with their numbered in/out bus lines prepared to receive and send palletes of goods from/to trucks, then inside such warehouse sits quite intelligent and may be also self-learning WMS software, which controls movement of whole palletes to their 3D X/Y/Z memory locations, where Z=0 can be later handled by stuff/persons to pick orders (most critical real-time operation for every WMS is rate of successfull processing received orders - from dealers/e-shops etc). Whole palletes are moved using manipulation vehicles to replenish Z=0 plane and there are several kinds of X/Y zones/caches dedicated for receiving with "write-back" done later in idle times; there can be even automatic storage systems and conveyors used for some kind of goods, and there are primarily very fast "read-cache" zones updated according to most often wanted/ordered products to be picked ASAP by stuff. Of course WMS controls optimized paths to pick single order or single product for many orders, depending on priority assigned by warehouse managers which assist to WMS - which in fact controls the warehouse internal operations, but still needs help of real experienced people from management down to operating stuff. But, its for me simply something like "advanced memory controller" :-) This is far more complex software than anything consumer related, really .......