Sainsbury’s digitally transforms supply chain strategy with Blue Yonder

May 3, 2023

Retailers are facing numerous challenges such as inflation, supply chain disruptions, and meeting consumer expectations. To address these challenges and offer the right products to its customers, Sainsbury’s has transformed its end-to-end supply chain strategy.

The company, one of the UK’s leading multi-brand retailers, is working with Blue Yonder, a digital supply chain transformation and omni-channel commerce fulfilment leader, to implement its demand planning, store order planning, and fulfilment solutions across all its food categories.

Sainsbury’s operates over 2,000 stores across its Sainsbury’s and Argos brands, which also feature Tu Clothing and Habitat products. The company intends to replace its existing solutions with next-generation, machine learning-driven (ML) solutions to improve its forecasting and replenishment capabilities.

Blue Yonder’s solutions, which include ML-based forecasting and ordering capabilities, will help stores better manage fresh and perishable products.

“We are simplifying our operations at pace wherever we can in order to invest in improving food quality, increasing choice and innovation and consistently delivering value to customers,” said Meinir Childs, Director of Supply Chain, Sainsbury’s.

“Our Supply Chain Transformation Programme will enable us to get products to the right place at the right time for customers by improving our ability to efficiently transport products across our network.

“For the first time ever, we are now using machine learning to enable automatic forecast calculation and generation of store orders, so this is an exciting moment for our business, and we’re pleased to be working with Blue Yonder to make it happen.”

By digitally transforming its supply chain strategy with Blue Yonder’s solutions, Sainsbury’s will be able to improve its inventory stockholding and availability KPIs, transform its architecture and business processes to become more scalable, resilient, and nimble, and reduce the number of key systems to eliminate redundant functionality.

Additionally, the retailer will offer a more automated, simplified user experience and standardised workflows to increase user productivity.

“Blue Yonder” is a trademark or registered trademark of Blue Yonder Group.

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