Supply chain planning provider Blue Ridge has announced the availability of its fully-integrated retail Cloud Supply Chain Planning solution. The company's demand-driven forecasting, planning, allocation and replenishment solutions analyze every shopper purchase to provide precise forecasting and visibility to every tier in the supply chain.
The Blue Ridge solutions leverage consumer demand to drive forecasts, then translate demand and other data to create plans, replenishment recommendations, and to comply with supply and logistics constraints. This single solution suite is integrated, coordinated, and optimized in the Cloud. The capacity provided by its Cloud platform enables Blue Ridge to provide significant precision and scalability, while simplifying deployment for today's omni-channel retailer.
Deploying these solutions, leading global retailers Home Hardware, and industrial safety goods retailer Procurator have recognised significant improvements in product availability, simultaneously eliminating excess inventory, increasing sales, cash flow and operating income.
The need for seamless solutions was identified by analyst reports stating that demand-shaping activities like promotions operate outside the visibility of supply chain solutions, leading to gaps between consumer demand and product availability. "Enterprises today have more and more methods to influence demand," stated Blue Ridge CEO, Greg White, "We capture that influence, and close the gap to ensure product is available precisely where and when the consumer wants to purchase it."
In preparing to enable this precise alignment, Blue Ridge identified that many ERP and supply chain solutions operate as modules, requiring costly integration between forecasting, planning, ordering and other functions. The company's leaders felt this introduced unnecessary risk to retailers. "The reason so many solutions are modular is that they aren't built specifically for retail," stated Blue Ridge CEO Greg White, "They are sales forecasting solutions, or manufacturing solutions, or solutions adapted from banking or hospitality to the retail business. We've seen that this introduces unnecessary work, risk and cost...so we connected everything."
The Blue Ridge team realized that the tactic of many solution providers to try to serve many masters, served retailers poorly. The leadership's experience in retail supply chain convinced them that the many unique dynamics of retail required solutions that apply sound retail-focused fundamentals and deliver solutions that are solely for retailers.
Blue Ridge also sought to address complexities that have arisen with the emergence of ecommerce, mobile commerce, and other sales channels. "Many organisations treat their ecommerce, brick-and-mortar operations, and other channels as distinct entities; and they plan inventory differently for each, creating inefficiencies in the supply chain," stated White, "Our unified demand management capabilities allow enterprises to manage diverse entities as one integrated network." The Blue Ridge CEO states that when retailers can forecast, plan position and replenish inventory across all sales channels, as well as optimise each tier of the supply chain, the effects for the enterprise are game-changing.
Blue Ridge plans to showcase the integrated Cloud Supply Chain solution at NRF 'Retail's Big Show' in New York City at the Javits Convention Center from January 12 to 15. The team will be stationed at booth #3848 on Level 3 of the convention center with their supply chain execution partner LogFire. To schedule a one-on-one appointment contact Blue Ridge directly or complete a form here.