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Everflow Supplies Inc. Selects Blue Ridge Planning Platform to Streamline Supply Chain Processes

Premiere PVF plumbing and industrial products distributor taps Blue Ridge to revamp its manual planning process

6 Noteworthy Trends the Dutch Food Industry is Finding from COVID Round 2 (Part...

Part 4 of our 6-part series continues today to help the foodservice industry understand what food distributors are doing to manage inventory uncertainties. As a second wave of COVID-19 continues to spread in Europe, we’ve been...

Supply Chain Planning, Forecasting and Pricing Sessions from BLUEPRINT 2020 Conference Now Available...

Customer and expert-led sessions contain current, actionable strategies to improve business performance.
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Some Good News for EU Retailers About Peak Season

If I had to come up with a theme to describe 2020, it is 'The Year of Mystery'. Peak season is always a mystery for retailers during a normal year. So what do the insights...

PODCAST: Time to Gut-Check Your Distribution Facility Operations?

It's getting harder - yet more critical - for distribution companies to be nimble and quick in their operations. Many are considering adding automation and next-gen solutions like robotics, autonomous sortation systems, and automatic storage...
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What is the Value of AI and Machine Learning in Supply Chain Management?

AI and machine learning technologies, such as Price Optimization software, are the future of forecasting. Need proof? DCVelocity reported this week that "Firms will derive between $1.3 trillion and $2 trillion a year in economic...

6 Trends the Food Industry Can Learn from Dutch Supermarkets (Part 3)

Part 3 of our 6-part series continues today to help the foodservice industry understand what food distributors are doing to manage inventory uncertainties. As a second wave of COVID-19 continues to spread in Europe,...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Nader Ramadan

Career Diaries is back today with a guy who holds the title for "Best Beard" at Blue Ridge... Pre-Sales Engineer Nader Ramadan. This picture really doesn't do it justice. Check back here later; maybe...

6 Trends the Food Industry Can Learn from Dutch Supermarkets (Part 2)

Part 2 of our series continues today and I'm so glad you joined us. We've been talking about trends in the food industry and what food businesses are doing to manage inventory uncertainties. As a...
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Inside Chewy’s First Automated Fulfillment Center

Chewy's, the pet supplies e-tailer that has grown YoY sales by 47% YoY for the last two quarters, opened its first automated fulfillment center to address 4 key priorities: Worker safety, cost structure, delivery speed,...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Jeff Jatcko

Jeff Jatcko, Blue Ridge Account Executive of the Atlanta office, tells his employee story in today's Blue Ridge Career Diaries series: "I joined Blue Ridge in August of 2017, so I just crested my three-year...

A Couple of Coca-Cola and SAP Guys Talk Supply Chain Best Practices

What are you up to during your ride home today? Might want to check out Supply Chain Now Episode 487 to snag some supply chain best practices from a couple of guys who know...
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6 Noteworthy Trends the Dutch Food Industry is Finding from COVID Round 2 (Part...

Only 4 European countries are now measuring below a crucial level of COVID-19 cases, according the latest figures. For the food industry, fresh outbreaks mean more changes and more challenges. This series will cover 5 noteworthy...

Demand Planning in ERP? I’d Rather Chew Broken Glass.

Why do demand planning teams despise their ERP? That’s an easy one. It’s totally impractical for supply chain planning in the distribution world! Despite what some ERP vendors tout, these systems cannot be all things...

Online Competition is Forcing Reckless Pricing (Here’s How to Avoid it)

Increased digital commerce is forcing retail and distribution businesses to dig deep for a better way to react to competitive prices. Pricing strategy is a huge sticking point for these companies as they sweat to...

What is Supply Chain Management?

More than 50% of companies believe that supply chain management is a source of competitive advantage for their organizations. Especially in a highly competitive market, supply chain management can be the difference between success and...
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Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Ashley Hill

Today's Blue Ridge Career Diaries series turns to Ashley Hill, Customer Success Manager in the Atlanta office: "I joined Blue Ridge on September 16, 2019. I’ve always been interested in the Supply Chain Industry and...

Astrup AS Selects Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Solutions to Forecast Demand More Reliably...

--$100M Norwegian supplier of metals and plastic semi-finished products selects Blue Ridge solutions to establish reliable forecasts, reduce inventory levels and support growth ambitions--
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Webinar Answers the Question: “What’s the ROI of Supply Chain Planning Solutions?”

Ask the manager of any demand planning team and they'll gladly jump on the opportunity to implement modern planning technology, especially with the power of AI and machine learning pushing forecast accuracy upwards of...

How is COVID-Related Urban Exodus Impacting Supply Chains?

Supply chain implications from COVID-19 are widespread, with many dimensions. We talk a lot about those in this blog. One angle that hasn't received much attention until now is the urban exodus resulting from consumers...
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And You Thought YOUR Job Was Stressful!

A great story ran in Valley News about "the unsung heroes of the pandemic". Who would you peg at your distribution or retail company? In 2020, that's an easy one... Supply Chain Managers. Aside...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Kamal Sooch

Today we shift to our U.S. employees! Blue Ridge Career Diaries is a series dedicated to sharing employee stories about why they love working at Blue Ridge. These stories continue weekly to demonstrate our company’s...

Ed Rusch Joins Blue Ridge as Chief Marketing Officer

Ed Rusch Joins Blue Ridge as Chief Marketing Officer.

How Machine Learning Eases Global Supply Chain Volatility

Supply chain volatility is causing distribution companies to invest in machine learning and pricing tools. Particularly for companies that source internationally, these technologies are crucial to managing strong fluctuations on the customer demand side...

War Stories in Inventory Planning: 3 Distributors’ Journeys to Better Customer Service with Less...

Working capital is something most distributors need even more of to fulfill changes in customer demand, new selling channels and other challenges that are out of their control. Advanced inventory planning technologies can solve...

28 Supply Chain Management Pros Weigh In on Challenges

What are the biggest challenges of supply chain management? 6 River Systems, a robotics company focused on revolutionizing fulfillment, put together a nice panel of supply chain pros to discuss the biggest challenges in supply...

Let’s Talk Forecast Accuracy: The ROI of Forecasting Software, Quantified

Forecast Accuracy… Many companies underestimate the power of getting it right. Even more concerning is the fact that most believe the costs attached to inaccuracies are a necessary evil of the business.

Supply Chain Trends and Predictions for 2020-2021

Did you know that 79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve above-average revenue growth within their industries? Let's back up and answer the bigger question here, how do you create a high-performing supply chain? It...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Yashodhara Patankar

Today we continue our Blue Ridge Career Diaries series, dedicated to sharing employee stories of why they love working at Blue Ridge. These stories continue weekly to demonstrate our company’s dedication to creating a positive culture...

SCP and S&OP Solutions Put Norwegian Meat Producer Grilstad into Elite Competitive Position

"Planning production in a food processing company is a complex and fast-moving target,” said Terje Kløver, food retail supply planning manager at Grilstad, one of Norway's largest meat producers. Supply Chain Planning (SCP) and Sales...

Your Supply Chain Can’t Handle the Truth!

"I'd like an answer to the question, Judge"... "Colonel Jessup, did you order the Code Red???" https://youtu.be/9FnO3igOkOk The year 2020 has proven with brutal force that many firms' supply chain applications 'can't handle disruption'! Forever 21, Toys 'R...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Madhura Khaire

Today we continue our Blue Ridge Career Diaries series, dedicated to sharing employee stories of why they love working at Blue Ridge. These stories continue weekly to demonstrate our company’s dedication to creating a positive culture...

5 Supply Chain Disruptions Our Software Can Solve

The year 2020. OMG. Seems like everything could go wrong, did. All you read about these days is supply chain disruptions. The need to build resilience. I’m guilty; I’ve blogged a lot about it, too....

How’s Your Supply Chain Resilience Planning Going?

5 Recommendations for Supply Chain Cost Control & Sustainability Many manufacturers and retailers have experienced the stress, service problems and financial costs of business disruptions caused by unforeseen external events. In particular, of course, the worldwide...

Gartner Peer Insights Review of Blue Ridge: Accuracy Up, Inventory Down!

This Gartner Peer Insights review of Blue Ridge illustrates our commitment to providing a demand planning platform that works very well, AND can be implemented quickly and painlessly, to drive forecast accuracy up and...
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Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Pritam Deokule

Today we continue our Blue Ridge Career Diaries series, dedicated to sharing employee stories of why they love working at Blue Ridge. These stories continue weekly to demonstrate our company's dedication to creating a positive...
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Fuel for Choosing a Planning for NetSuite Software Provider

Doing a comparison of Planning for NetSuite software providers? There are many out there. One thing our customers say over and over again is that, when it comes to supply chain planning, S&OP and price...

Blue Ridge Global Promotes Santhosh Srirambhatla to Chief Technology Officer

--Srirambhatla has helped lead Blue Ridge product and technology direction since 2017--
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What is the Economic Outlook for World Trade? Here Are Lots of Stats…

The World Trade Organization predicted in April that world merchandise trade would plummet between 13% and 32% this year. What are your thoughts now? Are we getting back to growth – and if so, when?...

Who Doesn’t Love a Hot Pink Taco Truck?

Work Hard, Play Hard: Company Picnic on the Tails of BLUEPRINT After wrapping up a well-attended BLUEPRINT virtual conference last Thursday, we decided that hard work deserves hard play. Blue Ridge employees from the Atlanta Office...
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Top 4 Drivers of Supply Chain Success

What are the best strategies that drive supply chain success? Ask a few people and you’ll get a lot of different answers. After all, opinions are like… Well, you know. Everyone has one. But when...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Gauri Rajmane

Happy Almost Friday! If you’ve been following our Blue Ridge Career Diaries series, you’ve gotten a taste for what it’s like to work at Blue Ridge. We publish one employee story each week to illustrate the...

We Are Rolling with BLUEPRINT2020!

Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights and Jim Byrnes are rolling the conference kick-off. We have a great lineup of supply chain content in store for the next 2 days! We added 50 new seats...
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11 Benefits of Shifting Inventory Risk onto the Manufacturer

“Who should own inventory risk?” That question was posed – and answered – by SupplyChainBrain’s Think Tank. You can read their article here. In short, SCB Contributor M. Scott Moon proposes shifting inventory risk onto...
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Data Analytics: A Competitive Edge for Supply Chain Management

Organizations are finding that data analytics and related technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning hold the key to supply chain management excellence. How are analytics, AI and machine learning used in supply...

Lora Cecere and Adrian Gonzalez Join BLUEPRINT FREE Supply Chain Conference

Lora Cecere and Adrian Gonzalez – two of the most influential and knowledgeable thought leaders in the supply chain space – will speak at our virtual supply chain conference, BLUEPRINT 2020 next Wednesday and...

Supply Chain Expertise and Best Practices Are on the Menu at Virtual BLUEPRINT 2020...

--Blue Ridge waives fees for conference featuring more customer, partner and analyst speakers than any in the history of the event--

Grilstad Selects Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Solutions to Execute a Better S&OP...

Leading Norwegian producer of meat products to use Blue Ridge solutions to navigate planning production and put a best practice S&OP process in place

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Sanket Narkar

What's it like to work at Blue Ridge? Let's go straight to the source. Blue Ridge Career Diaries is a series of personal stories submitted by Blue Ridge employees on how and why they joined...
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6 Statistics That Prove Supply Chain Visibility Matters

Yesterday we blogged about supply chain risk management and the crucial role that supply chain visibility plays in it. In a worldwide supply chain study by GEODIS, it is apparent that most companies just...

Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Flying Blind?

Coronavirus has brought supply chain risk management into many boardroom conversations. To understand risk, we must first understand how much visibility companies have into their facilities and their extended supplier networks. It's not much, says...

A Great Comparison Chart of 6 ERP Solutions

Today’s ERP market is uber-competitive. These ERP solutions are constantly evolving to keep up with the needs of an increasingly complex business landscape, making it tough to decide which is the best ERP solution...
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How to Improve Forecast Accuracy in Multi-Echelon Manufacturing Supply Chains

Forecast accuracy is a key stumbling block for manufacturing supply chains, as it continues to paralyze a variety of short-term operational decisions, such as production scheduling and inventory management. This is especially true where there...

Blue Ridge Career Diaries: Vedangi Lavekar

If you’re wondering what a career at Blue Ridge might look like, these diaries paint the picture. Blue Ridge Career Diaries is a series of personal stories submitted by Blue Ridge employees on how...

Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Release 180 Leverages AI and Machine Learning for Superior...

New science-based forecasting enhancements break through to new levels of sense-and-respond performance.