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Learn how Manhattan went from a small company in Manhattan Beach, CA to a global-leader in supply chain commerce, trusted by the biggest brands worldwide.

Our Story

In 1990, five technology experts were hired by clothing retailer Jockey as part of a larger project to install an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. While working together, the five noticed gaps in Jockey’s ability to ship its goods to larger retailers.

 An observation that sparked a new idea.

They decided to start their own company and designed a new packaged Warehouse Management System (WMS) that would empower manufacturers to comply with the complex shipping and labeling requirements of large retailers. Perhaps most importantly, this WMS would also be upgradeable, with access to constant innovation that adapted to its customer’s present and future supply chain needs. They named their new company Manhattan Associates, a reference to their initial location in Manhattan Beach, California.

Today, our solutions do more than optimize the warehouse. We offer innovative and market-leading technology that manages transportation networks, order fulfillment, inventory optimization, and point of sale and store solutions. All of our solutions are now available on our advanced cloud-native Manhattan Active® Platform, which is continuously adaptive, always current, and seamlessly interconnected. For over 30 years, our solutions have changed with supply chain world needs, and our commitment to supply chain innovation has always been and will always remain constant.


In Manhattan Beach, California, a start-up called Manhattan Associates Software develops a Pick Ticket Management System (PkMS), the precursor to its innovative Warehouse Management System technology. 


Jockey becomes customer #1—and is still a Manhattan customer today.


Manhattan relocates to Atlanta to position itself in a technology hub.


Manhattan successfully completes its initial public offering, becoming Manhattan Associates, Inc. in the process.   


As a result of its acquisition of Intrepa, Manhattan develops its first Transportation Management System (TMS)—thereby expanding its supply chain solution portfolio.


Manhattan opens offices in France and Germany. 


Manhattan acquires Logistics.com, Inc. and opens a Development Centre in India. (Today, Manhattan has over 1,900 employees in India alone.)


Signing Walmart as a customer, Manhattan reaches 1,000 employees and 900 customers. 


Acquiring Evant, Inc., Manhattan expands its product offerings to include Demand Planning and Forecasting Replenishment solutions.  

Manhattan recognized as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems for the first of fourteen consecutive times.

Manhattan begins its partnership with FEMA. Today, as FEMA’s primary logistics provider, Manhattan partners with the agency to provide agile, cloud-native supply chain solutions in life-saving emergency events, including Covid-19 pandemic relief.


Manhattan SCOPE™ launches as the first full-range supply chain solution on a single platform. 


Manhattan SCALE™ launches as ready-to-run, platform-based logistics solution. 

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Manhattan extends market-leading omnichannel solutions to include Point of Sale software with acquisition of GlobalBay Technologies. 

Manhattan recognized as leader in the Forrester Wave for Order Management Systems for the first of four consecutive times.


Launch of Manhattan Active® Solutions —including Manhattan Active Omni— the first cloud-native, evergreen, extensible foundation for supply chain commerce.


Manhattan Customer Engagement launch announced, becoming the first solution product to connect customer conversations on social media platforms with real-time order information. 

Manhattan named leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for TMS for the first of four consecutive times.


Launch of Manhattan Automation Network launches, a program designed to optimize and speed the development of modern distribution center automation and robotics in partnership with leading warehouse automation solution providers.


Manhattan Active Warehouse Management launches as the world’s first cloud-native enterprise-class warehouse management system (WMS).

Manhattan Active Allocation launches, becoming the first allocation solution to be engineered for omnichannel softlines retail.


Manhattan Active Transportation Management launches as industry’s first self-configuring and self-tuning system.

Manhattan recognized as the only leader in the 2021 Forrester Wave for Order Management Systems.


Manhattan recognized as the only leader in the 2023 Forrester Wave for Order Management Systems, becoming the first company to achieve this distinction two consecutive times.

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For the sixth consecutive year, Manhattan has been recognized as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems. Manhattan Active Transportation Management (TM) is once again the ONLY cloud-native solution in the leader quadrant. Gartner ranks Manhattan Active TM among the top three TMS solutions based on critical capabilities for medium to high-complexity operations.

Manhattan’s WMS Leads the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Recognized as a leader for the 16th time by Gartner, Manhattan is the only vendor in the Leader Quadrant to offer a 100% microservice cloud-native WMS.

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We have over 1,200 clients among the world’s top manufacturers, distributors, and retailers—you’ll be doing work that makes a difference from your first day on the job.

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