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Sainsbury’s invests in AI-driven supply chain

21 April 2020

The grocer has selected Blue Yonder’s Luminate end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI) powered supply chain platform.

Already a user of Blue Yonder, Sainsbury’s is extending its footprint of solutions. Current and new capabilities span AI-powered demand forecasting and replenishment, digital control tower, space management, macro space planning, range management, warehouse management, labour management and yard management.

The in-house engineering team Sainsbury’s Tech, will partner with Blue Yonder to create ‘an autonomous self-learning supply chain platform with advanced machine learning capabilities’. The move is designed to allow staff to spend more time on the store floor and serving customers. Sainsbury’s chose Blue Yonder for its leading machine learning (ML) and SaaS capabilities.

“We relentlessly seek to improve the way we serve the needs of our customers. Having a predictive, autonomous and adaptive supply chain powered by world class technology products and Sainsbury’s Tech engineering means we can show up for our customers whenever and however they shop with us,” said John Elliott, chief technology officer – Retail at Sainsbury’s. “Blue Yonder provided a strong balance of advanced capabilities, ML experience and a culture and value set closely aligned to our own, including a commitment to sustainability.”

By implementing Blue Yonder’s solutions, Sainsbury’s will further enhance its ability to monitor and respond to ever-changing customer needs, predicting and preventing potential supply chain disruptions. Blue Yonder’s Luminate platform includes ML-based forecasting and ordering solutions that help stores better manage fresh and perishable products. It also includes Blue Yonder’s crisis control centre – Luminate Control Tower – which provides complete supply chain visibility, orchestration, and collaboration across the end-to-end supply chain and prescribing more automated, profitable business decisions.

Mark Morgan, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, Blue Yonder said: “Our goal is to make AI and ML become key enablers of Sainsbury’s future digital transformation.”

Blue Yonder was formerly known as JDA Software.

 
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