Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software, Supply Chain Optimisation, Supply Chain Execution, hardware transport, supply-chain, distribution software, freight software and load planning in manufacturing and supply chain applications.

JDA Software to Acquire Blue Yonder

02-Jul-2018
JDA Software to Acquire Blue Yonder
Founded in 2008, Blue Yonder received early stage backing from anchor investor Otto Group and a growth equity investment from Warburg Pincus, and operates in Europe and the U.S.

Based in Karlsruhe, Germany, Blue Yonder is the leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in retail and has assembled one of the largest teams of PhDs/data scientists focused on supply chain and retail merchandising.

Blue Yonder delivers hundreds of millions of automated decisions and forecasts daily and will power JDA’s next generation Luminate™ platform, enabling companies to make more intelligent, profitable decisions in their digital transformations. UK supermarket chain WM Morrisons and e-commerce company OTTO are among the leading companies utilizing Blue Yonder’s solutions to deliver differentiated customer experiences and drive operational efficiencies.

JDA Software Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end supply chain and retail solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder, the market leader in AI solutions for retail. This acquisition reflects the increasing importance of connecting intelligent data and insights to enable more profitable Autonomous Supply Chain™ decisions and optimized customer experiences. It builds on JDA’s strategy of developing cognitive and connected solutions to power digital transformations for companies seeking to create a competitive advantage for their supply chains. The acquisition is subject to competition agency approval.

Blue Yonder – Proven Leader in AI/ML Solutions for Retail
Blue Yonder enables companies to take a transformative approach to their core processes, automating complex decisions that deliver higher profits and customer value using leading AI/ML algorithms. Blue Yonder’s proven data science capabilities will allow JDA to more quickly embed new levels of actionable intelligence across all areas of its SaaS solution roadmap, from retail/supply chain planning, to execution, to labor management and through to omni-channel delivery to create significant value realization for customers. Blue Yonder’s SaaS solutions deliver rapid time-to-value and game-changing business value.

Acquisition Will Accelerate Customers’ Digital Transformations
  • The cognitive capabilities of JDA’s entire solutions portfolio – from planning to execution to delivery – will be greatly enhanced and accelerated by leveraging Blue Yonder’s advanced AI/ML capabilities. 
  • JDA Luminate solutions, including the first-of-its-kind Luminate ControlTower™, which connects data and enables visibility across a company’s extended supply chain, will benefit from the “brain power” of Blue Yonder’s proven cognitive capabilities and rich, deep learnings to automate more profitable business decisions. 
  • Blue Yonder’s intelligent Demand Forecast & Replenishment and Price Optimization solutions will further complement and enhance JDA’s own retail planning solutions, which deliver integrated, customer-centric supply chain and merchandising processes. Blue Yonder’s ML capabilities will offer immediate opportunities for JDA’s retail customers to dynamically improve their pricing, promotions, markdowns and replenishment capabilities. 
  • Blue Yonder’s advanced forecasting will also drive substantial benefits to fast and short lifecycle products, benefitting the fresh food chain and leading to less waste, optimized labor and improved sustainability. 

As part of the world’s leading supply chain management company, Blue Yonder will be able to accelerate its growth, invest more resources to development and deliver even more innovation to customers at scale to help deliver on JDA’s vision for an Autonomous Supply Chain™. To help deliver on this joint mission, Blue Yonder founder, former CERN physicist and KIT professor Dr. Michael Feindt will provide ongoing thought and innovation leadership to both companies, and CEO Uwe Weiss will join JDA’s Operating Committee.

JDA’s acquisition of Blue Yonder is expected to close in August, subject to competition agency approval. Both companies will refrain from commenting further on the acquisition until the transaction is complete.

CEO Comments
“Major digital transformation of supply chains is underway and the ability to quickly access intelligent, actionable data and insights will determine the future winners and losers,” said JDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Girish Rishi. “JDA’s end-to-end solution portfolio, coupled with Blue Yonder’s leading AI/ML capabilities, will enable customers to deliver more autonomous, profitable business decisions throughout their extended supply chains, unlocking the full business impact of intelligent data.” “With JDA’s global scope and reach, we have a terrific opportunity to drive the use of our AI solutions throughout the world’s largest and most complex supply chains and to support companies in driving AI innovation and automated decisions in complex supply chains,” said Uwe Weiss, Blue Yonder CEO. “The Blue Yonder team is excited about accelerating and expanding our mission of creating best-in-class AI-based decisions to deliver outstanding customer experiences, increased revenue, and higher margins to companies around the world.

Otto Group and Warburg Pincus Comments

"We are proud to have accompanied Blue Yonder to this day and would like to thank the Blue Yonder management team, Warburg Pincus and JDA for the close cooperation. The Otto Group's goal has always been to further develop Blue Yonder together with the Blue Yonder management team and Warburg Pincus, and to prepare the company for the next big step on its path to success,” said Dr. Rainer Hillebrand from Otto Group. “This step requires a strategic partner with whom the ambitious growth targets can be better achieved. Therefore, we are excited about this great partnership with JDA. We plan to continue working closely with Blue Yonder.”

Max Fowinkel, Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, commented, “We are very pleased with the international success Blue Yonder has achieved under Warburg Pincus’ ownership. We would like to thank the Otto Group and the Blue Yonder management team for our successful cooperation. As investors, we feel privileged to have supported the Blue Yonder team in building a leading provider of scalable SaaS-based machine learning solutions, and we wish the entire team continued success under the new ownership.”

Jupiter Chain and Deloitte collaborate to deliver secure blockchain-driven data exchange platform
3 days ago
JDA Named a Most Admired Company for the Third Year in a Row
4 days ago
Intelligent automation could add $512 billion to the global revenues of financial services firms by 2020
1 week ago
GateHouse Logistics and Elemica Partner to Accelerate Secure Data Sharing in Chemical and Process Industries
1 week ago
Inverarity Morton Awards BCP Contract To Develop New Supply Chain Management System
1 week ago
SAP Ariba Teams With SAP to Support Burger King’s Digital Transformation
1 week ago
SAP Introduces Intelligent Capabilities for Digital Supply Chain
1 week ago
GPM Investments Moves to Customer-Centric Category Management with JDA
1 week ago
GE Transportation And MatchBack Systems Help Drive Marine Terminal Efficiencies
1 week ago
BlueFinity International has appointed Ashwood Computer as a distributor for Evoke
1 week ago
Design Thinking and Intelligent Technologies
2 weeks ago
What is the ePrivacy Regulation? And what does it mean for my business?
2 weeks ago
SIJ Acroni optimizes production with Quintiq in bid to remain top steel producer in Europe
2 weeks ago
GarudaFood Expands JDA Footprint to Digitalize its Supply Chain
3 weeks ago
Independent Research Cites Manhattan Associates as a Strong Performer in Point of Sale Evaluation
3 weeks ago
Logility Positioned as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record
3 weeks ago
No-deal Brexit scenario shows the need for a flexible IT landscape
3 weeks ago
Delivering a Digital Supply Chain for the Digital Age
4 weeks ago
TECSYS Announces Appointment of Jeromie Atkinson as Senior Director, Supply Chain
1 month ago
LLamasoft Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies for Fourth Year
1 month ago
AWECO Polska Appliance Upgraded to Latest Version of Infor LN in Nine Months
1 month ago
JDA Partners with Microsoft to Power Data-Driven Digital Transformations in the Cloud
1 month ago
Command Alkon on The Forces of Change That Drive Digitization in Construction
1 month ago
Education for the disadvantaged: AEB`s foundation launches initial partnerships with charitable organizations
1 month ago
Getronics completes acquisition of ITS Overlap in France
1 month ago
SaaS Momentum Fuels JDA’s Strong Q2 Results
1 month ago
Enhance Your E-commerce Supply Chain Profitability With Effective Reverse Logistics
1 month ago
Jungheinrich supports new Global Edition board game to promote supply chain learning
1 month ago
BASF Targets End-to-End Supply Chain Transparency with Kinaxis
1 month ago
Jungheinrich launches new training course
1 month ago
Infor Expands Partnership with OpenSesame to Deliver Curated eLearning Training Courses
1 month ago
Paul Fox named Global Head of Sales and appointed to Management Board of Getronics
1 month ago
Infor Wins Major Digital Contract to Support Danube Home’s Regional Expansion
1 month ago
BEUMER Group is shaping digital transformation in intralogistics: Transformation is inevitable
1 month ago
DataArt listed on UK Government’s G-Cloud 10
1 month ago
Infor Appoints Jonathan Wood to General Manager for IMEA
1 month ago
AvantiGas chooses Six Degrees for an international-scale multi-cloud platform for streamlined operations
1 month ago
Dematic launches Customer Day series with Smart Sortation
1 month ago
Watami Selects Infor as Supply Chain Management Platform
2 months ago
GateHouse Logistics and Cargo Chief Partner to Reduce Empty Miles and Enhance Service in the US Supply Chain
2 months ago
Gartner Says Worldwide Supply Chain Management Software Revenue Grew 13.9 Per Cent in 2017
2 months ago
BluJay Accelerates Supply Chain Efficiency for Customers with Updates to its Global Trade Network Platform
2 months ago
Getronics completes acquisition of Pomeroy creating a Billion dollar plus leading global IT services platform
2 months ago
Supply chain software vendor FuturMaster announces record first half for 2018
2 months ago
ESDS Selects Juniper Networks to Power Future-Ready Cloud in India
2 months ago
The Shift from Traditional to Digital Supply Chain Management
2 months ago
IFL Streamlines Customs Declarations Operations with Descartes e-Customs™ Solution
2 months ago
Manhattan Associates Opens New Office in Germany
2 months ago
Touchpath Launches Latest Manufacturing And Distribution Asset Performance Management System
2 months ago