Gartner Positions Blue Ridge in Magic Quadrant Report for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Gartner, Inc. includes Blue Ridge in the 2014 Magic Quadrant Report for Supply Chain Planning System of Record.

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Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

Blue Ridge, a global leader in Cloud demand forecasting, planning, replenishment and analytics, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has named Blue Ridge to the March 06, 2014 Magic Quadrant Report for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR). This marks the first SCP Magic Quadrant Report Gartner has released since 2010. The full report is available here compliments of Blue Ridge.

According to Gartner, A SCP System of Record includes demand planning, inventory planning, replenishment planning, available to promise, manufacturing planning and scheduling, and collaborative planning capabilities.

“We are extremely pleased to be named to Gartner’s first Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning since 2010. We have always strived to deliver precision and visibility in planning that directly improves our customers’ bottom-line,” stated Greg White, CEO at Blue Ridge. “We believe the market is recognizing Cloud, demand-driven planning as the ‘go-to’ approach for holistic, profit-optimizing solutions. The ability to predict conditions far in advance, to collaborate within the enterprise, and with outside trading partners is integral to the success of today’s companies.”

Gartner’s inclusion criteria for the 2014 SCP SOR Magic Quadrant was in part based on: “Significant technical capabilities coverage – the vendor must have capabilities in at least 5 of the 9 key technical capabilities of a SCP system of record:
1.    Process management
2.    Unified data, process and analytical models
3.    Scalability to handle large global planning models
4.    Performance management and analytics support
5.    Collaboration support
6.    Ability to deploy segmented supply chain planning models
7.    Master data management
8.    Integration to transaction systems
9.    Ability to propagate plan changes easily across an integrated planning model in a 24/7 environment”

Blue Ridge customer Steve Allgeier, Inventory Control Manager of leading Hardware co-op Home Hardware, affirmed, “Our view into the replenishment process from our suppliers is now transparent and seamless. While boosting accuracy for promotions and planned seasonal purchases, we’ve seen a 10 percent reduction in excess inventory and safety stock and a 2.5 percent increase in service levels to stores.” Allgeier went on to say, “This means reduced inventory costs and maximum return on promotions, while maintaining adequate stock levels and minimal out-of-stocks.”

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About Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Cloud supply chain planning and analytics solutions provide next-level visibility and precision in demand forecasting, planning and replenishment to retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. By optimizing product availability, inventory, and logistics costs, these companies increase cash flow by 50% or more and improve sales by double-digits, while stabilizing or even reducing inventory up to 30%. Blue Ridge demand-driven solutions can be implemented in as little as 90 days and scaled to the most complex supply chains. For more information, visit http://www.blueridgeinventory.com.


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