Blue Ridge Recognized as a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

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Cloud supply chain planning and inventory optimization provider moves from the “Niche Players” quadrant to “Leaders” quadrant.

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Our vision is saving commerce from the status quo. Helping our customers capitalize on consumer data by translating it into supply chain plans and action.

Blue Ridge, a global leader in Cloud demand forecasting, planning, replenishment, allocation and analytics, today announced that it has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record. Since the last publishing of the Magic Quadrant, Blue Ridge moved from the “Niche Players” quadrant to “Leaders” quadrant, which can be attributed to its completeness of vision and ability to execute. The full report is available to all for no charge at http://bit.ly/1NnV6Sn.

“Commerce has changed dramatically in just the last few years. Consumers are more empowered than ever, influenced differently, more discerning, and making decisions much more rapidly than ever before. Traditional supply chain solutions can’t leverage the vast information made available by these new market dynamics, a disadvantage that companies can no longer afford, considering the ‘Amazon effect’ on the competitive landscape,” said Greg White, CEO of Blue Ridge Solutions.

White continued, “Our vision is saving commerce from the status quo. Helping our customers capitalize on consumer data by translating it into supply chain plans and action. Our solution analyzes every transaction to understand the consumer more deeply, predict sales more precisely and ultimately plan and position goods in the most effective way possible.”

Since the last Magic Quadrant, Blue Ridge has continued expanding its solution to enable the most profitable planning for its customers without sacrificing product availability. Today, the company provides retail and distribution customers a unified solution across all supply chain planning functions- demand forecasting, demand and supply planning, replenishment and allocation, multi-echelon inventory optimization, sales and operations planning (S&OP), and collaboration.

Instead of merely forecasting future sales, customers of Blue Ridge have found enormous benefit from the precision with which the solution automates the heavy lifting of translating demand forecasts into a practical, yet financially-driven, daily plan for a year or more into the future.

Steve Allgeier, Inventory Control Manager of Home Hardware, has seen the results of working with Blue Ridge. He said, “We reduced excess inventory and safety stock by 10%, while increasing service levels by 2.5%. For stores, this means reduced inventory cost and maximum return on promotions."

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record, Tim Payne, Amber Salley, 19 January 2016

About Blue Ridge:
For progressive retail and distribution companies, Blue Ridge’s cloud-native supply chain planning solutions dramatically improve the ability to increase revenue and deliver superior customer experiences. This solution predicts more precisely and responds more quickly to changing inventory demands than legacy supply chain solutions that rely on antiquated software architectures. Blue Ridge’s demand-driven solutions help improve inventory performance and optimize inventory investments to positively impact the bottom line. The solution is scalable to the most complex supply chains, and ninety five percent of Blue Ridge distribution customers are fully operational in less than 90 days. For more information, please visit http://www.blueridgeglobal.com

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