JDA Software Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end supply chain and retail solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder, the market leader in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for retail. This acquisition reflects the increasing importance of connecting intelligent data and insights to enable more Autonomous Supply Chain decisions and optimized customer experiences.
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.
This 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 and 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.
“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,” says JDA chief executive officer 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,” says 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.”