GAUSDAL LANDHANDLERI AS SELECTS BLUE RIDGE SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING

Cloud-nativ e technology to enable supply chain advances and support planned expansion
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Atlanta, GA. and Oslo, Norway Nov 17, 2016

Quote startPartnering with Blue Ridge will enable us to create new supply chain innovations, providing a strong foundation for further profitable growth.Quote end
Blue Ridge, a global leader in cloud demand forecasting, planning, replenishment, allocation and analytics, today announced Gausdal Landhandleri AS selected Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning technology to support planned expansion and provide enhanced product availability, predictability and transparency throughout their supply chain.

" Our customers require short delivery cycles with high service levels, placing increasing demands on supply chain planning and execution," said Audun Løhre, CEO at Gausdal Landhandleri AS. "In order to make our supply chain the most reliable, profitable and competitive in the business, we required the most advanced and capable system. Partnering with Blue Ridge will enable us to create new supply chain innovations, providing a strong foundation for further profitable growth."

Blue Ridge technology precisely connects the supply chain to consumer demand, enhancing customer experience by ensuring products are available at the right time and place without excessive investments in inventory. Gausdal Landhandleri saw significant value in the ability for Blue Ridge to accurately forecast seasonal product demand and precisely align inventory at the distribution center and store levels.

" Now more than ever, retailers need to be proactive to understand customer demand patterns in order assure product availability without creating excess inventory cost," said Greg White, CEO of Blue Ridge. "We are confident that Gausdal will benefit from the unprecedented precision of our demand planning technology, and enable the company to profitably execute supply chain operations, achieve their differentiating service goals, and drive additional corporate expansion."

Blue Ridge´s Nordic implementation and education partner Inventory Investment AS, is set to launch the implementation.

About Blue Ridge

Named a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Systems, Blue Ridge provides revolutionary cloud-native supply chain planning technology specifically designed for retail and distribution. We enable our customers to increase revenue at lower costs by delivering an unprecedented level of precision and accuracy to forecast, plan and purchase inventory. Blue Ridge ensures products are available at the right time, without incurring excess inventory cost. For more information, visit http://www.blueridgeglobal.com

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About Gausdal Landhandleri

Gausdal Landhandleri is a Norway based regional retail chain offering products for home improvement and building supplies. Headquartered at Lillehammer, the company supplies a comprehensive product range for the entire building process and has developed an effective supply chain solution, supplying both directly to building sites and to its 15 stores. The first store opened in Gausdal in 1938.


Welcome to our annual Supply Chain Seminar at

Losby Gods Golf Resort on Wednesday June 8

For the 10th consecutive year in row our Supply Chain Seminar is held at Losby gods. With the Losby Gods golf course and the surrounding nature as the background, the seminar venue is truly one of Norway's most beutiful conference resorts.

As always, our seminars focus on insporation, experience and knoledge sharing as well as down to earth learning. On the menue this year we will be instpired by Atle Nordli, a very experienced lecturer and professional resource at the Norwegian School of Management. Atle will be sharing his experiences and outlook on how Supply Chain Planning and Optimization seems to be developing seen from his academic guidepost. And Greg White, CEO and founder of Blue Ridge  Solutions, will as a continuation of Mr Nordli's presentation illustrate how his Gartner Group Magic Quadrant Number One rated company takes on the challenge, aiming towards a globally leading position within Supply Chain Planning.

On the inspirational side of the seminar we will furthermore have a challenging presentation by Asger Petersen, Sales Director at Apport Systems, on of our sponsors, on why IT projects fail. IT project can, however, also succeed! An illustration of this will be provided by Logistics Director Asgeir Lium at Icopal.

Hands-on discussions and problem solving sessions have always been key to our seminars. To help us with this, we are this year fortunate to have introductions by Vectura, Bilglassgruppen, Rema Distribusjon and Inventory Investment.

It is always exiting to see how these world class sokutions evolve into the future. To help us out with this, we have invited VP Product Strategy Rod Daugherty to share his thoughts and visions. Here we have a lot of exciting ideas to chime in to.

We wish all our customers, sponsors and fellow logisticians most welcome to our seminar!



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June 24: Jewelry Retailer Brightens Future with Cloud Supply Chain Planning Technology

Norwegian jewelry retail leader Panorama Gruppen implements Blue Ridge demand planning and inventory replenishment solutions to accelerate bottom-line growth.

Marietta, GA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

Norwegian jewelry retail leader Panorama Gruppen implements Blue Ridge demand planning and inventory replenishment solutions to accelerate bottom-line growth.

Quote startWe expect to achieve outstanding service levels in all parts of our supply chain, and, at the same time, reduce our stock by double-digit figures.Quote end

Leading Cloud supply chain planning provider Blue Ridge announced today that Panorama Gruppen has selected the company's demand forecasting, planning and replenishment technology. Norway's leader in jewelry and gift items joined forces with Blue Ridge to sustain measurable growth by elevating visibility throughout the supply chain.

Panorama Gruppen, a company that is heavily impacted by retail shopping seasons, wanted to increase cash flow and sought a Cloud-based solution that could provide highly accurate inventory replenishment projections and powerful analytics. "Precisely understanding the effect of seasonality on our inventory investment leading up to the Christmas holiday will have an immense effect on our company," stated Helge Valeur, CFO and Project Sponsor. "We expect to achieve outstanding service levels in all parts of our supply chain, and, at the same time, reduce our stock by double-digit figures."

The implementation, led by Blue Ridge' Nordic implementation and education partner Inventory Investment AS, has already launched and is ready to yield results.
"As this is a true multi-echelon solution, leveraging the Blue Ridge Dynamic Demand Management technology all the way from our jewelry shelves in our 70 stores to the central DC and back to the suppliers, this will create an entirely synchronized supply chain, which to us is truly exciting," said Joelian Hirst, Logistics Director and Project Owner at Panorama Gruppen.

The leadership at Panorama also recognized the long-term benefit of implementing the solution. "This project will have an immense impact on our cash flow, all the while maintaining our ability to deliver on our customers' expectations," stated Helge Holen, CEO of Panarama Gruppen. "This will strengthen our bottom-line and have a profound effect on the future valuation of our firm."

Blue Ridge believes the selection by Panorama is part of a growing trend of retailers seeking a Cloud solution in order to capitalize on Big Data. Sverre Rosmo, CEO of Inventory Investment AS, stated, " Panorama quickly recognized how the Cloud platform is a very effective way to generate cash flow relative to other alternatives." He then went on to say, "The flexibility and scalability of the Blue Ridge Cloud solutions are key components that will allow Panorama to adapt and adjust to the challenges that come along with seasonal retailing."

About Panorama Gruppen:

Panorama is Norway's dominating supplier within the jewelry industry. The company has experienced significant growth since its launch in 1997 and operates throughout the value chain from design to production and retail, offering a broad assortment through its more than 100 Gullfunn and Juvelen stores covering most of Norway.

The corporation employs 500 associates and expects an annual turnover of 400 million NOK. Panorama has a global sourcing operation and leading position in Norway as a starting point for its ambition of further growth and profitability.

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 percent or more and improve sales by double-digits, while stabilizing or even reducing inventory up to 30 percent. 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.

About Inventory Investment

Inventory Investment focuses on optimizing buying and replenishment and has through a large number of projects in the Nordics as well in EMEA gained an extensive experience and expertise within replenishment and effective buying. Together with Atlanta based Blue Ridge they form one of the largest professional teams focused on replenishment globally and distributes CLARITY Replenish, a state of the art replenishment system based on the world's most wide-spread best practice within buying - "The Seven Steps of Buying."

- See more at: http://www.blueridgeinventory.com/about/Jewelry-Retailer-Brightens-Future-with-Cloud-Supply-Chain-Planning-Technology#sthash.QoRLUnah.dpuf






June 10: BluePrint Nordic again a success


Blue Ridge Nordic Conference Advances Supply Chain Planning and Inventory Optimization Strategies

Blue Ridge hosted the 6th annual BLUEPrint Nordics conference this month to revolutionize the way companies approach the supply chain.

Oslo, Norway (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

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Quote startSupply chain executives and inventory professionals alike came together to share ideas that promote revenue-generation through more precise, strategic demand planning and inventory optimization.Quote end

This month Blue Ridge and the company's Nordic partner, Inventory Investment AS, hosted the 6th annual BLUEPrint Nordic conference in Oslo, Norway. Leading European companies gathered to discover demand planning and replenishment strategies that boost bottom-line results and inventory productivity.

This year's conference garnered guest speakers and attendees from many of Europe's premier companies, including Europris, Stokke, Gresvig, Lovenskiold, Brodrene Dahl, and others. Guest speakers revealed their expertise on handling the difficulties associated with minimizing inventory costs, while enhancing sales, service, and cash flow.

One of the main benefits expressed by participants is the best-practice development and knowledge sharing between supply chain professionals across a number of industries. Supply chain executives and inventory professionals alike came together to share ideas that promote revenue generation through more precise, strategic demand planning and inventory optimization. "Supply chain complexity continues to rise, so it is vital for decision makers to work in unison to make optimal logistical choices," stated Sverre Rosmo, CEO of Blue Ridge partner Inventory Investment AS. "By understanding the abundance of data that is available today and capitalizing on supply chain opportunities, firms can achieve heightened levels of profitability together."

Blue Ridge is preparing to host Global BLUEPrint, which will be held in the fall of this year. After an outstanding Global BLUEPrint at Château Élan last year, Blue Ridge is anticipating more attendees and success stories this year. "I am very impressed with the results presented by the European supply chain community. They produced some really innovative ideas that break away from the traditional mode of supply chain thinking," stated Dan Craddock, President at Blue Ridge. "Momentum has been building for the upcoming Global BLUEPrint event. It will be interesting to see what bold ideas the North American counterparts present. Idea sharing and competitive challenge will once again be at the forefront of BLUEPrint 2014." To stay informed of updates around Global BLUEPrint 2014, visit Blue Ridge Events.

- See more at: http://www.blueridgeinventory.com/about/Blue-Ridge-Nordic-Conference-Advances-Supply-Chain-Planning-and-Inventory-Optimization-Strategies#sthash.R7JI0GIt.dpuf
BluePrint Nordic to be held at Losby Gods, Oslo 3-4 June 2014

For 6th consecutive year the BluePrint Nordic is held at Losby lodge and golf court outside of Oslo. This is one of the main events connecting Supply Chain Professionals using world leading technology for planning, management, optimization and analytics related to Supply Chains.

Again users and supply chain management- and visionaries are gathering at Losby gods for this annual event. We will be listening to ground breaking presentations from among others Brødrene Dahl, Løvenskiold Handel, Stokke and Musgrave. This year we have participation from all the Nordic countries, Poland and USA. Another industry leading seminar is in the starting blocks.

BluePrint Nordic is also this year lead by Dan Craddock, one of the prime resources within profitable buying and replenishment . In addition, Greg White, CEO at Blue Ridge - now also positioned in The Gartner Magic Quadrant - as well as Rod Daugherty, a recognized visionalry, strategy- and solutions builder in companies like E3, JDA and Manhattan, now VP of Product Strategy at Blue Ridge, are participating..

02 April 2014

Convenience Distributor Fuels Future Growth With Cloud Supply Chain Planning Solutions

Leading kiosk, gas station, and service trade distributor Engrospartner will launch Blue Ridge Cloud demand forecasting, planning, replenishment and analytics solutions to secure growth and ensure continued industry-leading customer service.

Blue Ridge, a leading global provider of Cloud supply chain planning solutions, today announced Engrospartner has selected the company's demand-driven forecasting, planning and replenishment solutions. The convenience distributor will also implement the Blue Ridge Supply Chain Analytics solution. Engrospartner expects to pave future growth by improving profitability and cash flow, while upholding exceptional service levels in an industry that increasingly relies on promotional sales.

Engrospartner saw significant value in the solutions' ability to precisely align inventory levels with demand and optimize overall supply chain profitability. "We are looking forward to a system that will allow us to take full advantage of the industry trends at hand as well as future growth opportunities," stated Peter Stangland, Director of Sales and Purchasing at Engrospartner. "Precise promotional forecasting and advanced projections capabilities will allow us to profitably execute supply chain operations, while fulfilling our goal to provide industry-leading customer service."

Management at Engrospartner recognized strategic value in launching the Blue Ridge solutions. " We see the selection as a step into the future of supply chain management. Our vision is to use supply chain innovation to fuel long-term growth with improved cash flow," added Beate Storsul, CEO at Engrospartner. She went on to say, "A results-driven, quick-to-implement Cloud solution will be essential to achieving that vision."

Engrospartner is Norway's only wholesaler that specializes in the distribution of convenience goods across the entire country. Some of Engrospartner's key customers include 7-Eleven, Shell 7-Eleven, YX gas stations, and Narvesen. The company is a subsidiary of Rema Distribusjon Norge AS, the distribution arm of Rema 1000, which services over 55 0 stores. Last year, Rema Distribusjon Norge AS reached 34 billion NOK in revenue (5.6 billion USD).

Blue Ridge expects the vision and leadership of Engrospartner will escalate the wholesaler' s position to an elite status. "Beate and Peter understand in order to capitalize on growth, an innovative supply chain strategy must be in place. I am certain under their leadership they will advance the company to an exclusive category," stated Sverre Rosmo, CEO at Inventory Investment AS (Blue Ridge' implementation and education partner in Norway). "We fully expect to the team at Engrospartner to achieve even greater profitability, cash flow and service levels in a matter of months. We look forward to a long and successful relationship."

About Engrospartner : The Engrospartner vision is: "It should be easy and profitable to do business with Engrospartner." It is Norway's only wholesaler that specializes in the distribution of convenience goods across the entire country. Some of Engrospartner's key customers include 7-Eleven, Shell 7-Eleven, YX gas stations, and Narvesen. The company is a subsidiary of Rema Distribusjon Norge AS, the distribution arm of Rema 1000, which services over 550 stores. In 2013, Rema Distribusjon Norge AS reached 34 billion NOK in revenue (5.6 billion USD).

12 March 2014 Gartner positions Blue Ridge in Magic Quadrant Report for Supply Chain Planning System Record

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.

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

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Quote startWe believe the market is recognizing Cloud, demand-driven planning as the 'go-to' approach for holistic, profit-optimizing solutions.Quote end

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 recognizingCloud, 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'g 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."

About the Magic Quadrant
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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.

- See more at: http://www.blueridgeinventory.com/about/Gartner-Positions-Blue-Ridge-in-Magic-Quadrant-Report-for-Supply-Chain-Planning-System-of-Record#sthash.ojqF039U.dpuf

Building Materials Supplier Constructs Future with Supply Chain Visibility Enhancements

Leading roofing and building materials supplier Icopal Norway launches Blue Ridge demand forecasting, planning and replenishment to accelerate growth and outdistance competitors.

Oslo, Norway & Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

Swedish Retailer Procurator Accelerates Stock Reduction with Demand Forecasting and Inventory Analytics Solution

Quote startWith such advanced control over future orders and inventory levels, we can seek efficiency opportunities, while ensuring a high level of service for our clients.Quote end

Leading Cloud supply chain planning provider Blue Ridge today announced Icopal has selected the company's demand-driven forecasting, planning, replenishment and analytics solutions. The building products supplier selected Blue Ridge to accelerate growth with next-level supply chain visibility and control.

Icopal saw tremendous value in the solution's ability to plan far in advance, avoid potential issues and maintain the company's reputation for exceptional service. "We are looking forward to a whole new level of transparency throughout the supply chain. We can apply a much more proactive approach in order to minimize surprises and prevent disruptions before they occur," stated Asgeir Lium, Supply Chain Manager at Icopal. "With such advanced control over future orders and inventory levels, we can seek efficiency opportunities, while ensuring a high level of service for our clients. Even for the industrial products industry, the level of forward planning capabilities, precision and analytics is unprecedented."

Executive management at Icopal also recognized a strategic, long-term value in implementing the Blue Ridge Cloud solution. "We see Blue Ridge planning capabilities as a way to extend our lead in the industry and accelerate our performance as a supplier with razor sharp precision around future orders," stated Trygve Bruno Thøgersen, CEO. "We have full control over our capital expenditures because the system projects each future shipment down to the daily level. The implementation has been seamless, we are extremely pleased."

Icopal had been using a basic purchasing system for more than a decade, and realized their need for a new generation of systems that could accommodate the talent and education of a rising class of logistics professionals. "Now more than ever, supply chain professionals recognize the impact they have on a company's bottom line," added Lium. He went on to say, "We want to give them the solutions that maximize their ability to plan and replenish in the most profitable way possible. This is taking a step into the forefront of supply chain planning and optimization."

Blue Ridge Nordic partner Inventory Investment AS has led the implementation and support and has recognized great potential for company-wide results. "I have followed Icopal for a number of years. Based on their team's talent and the company's executive vision, I was certain they could capitalize on supply chain innovation," stated Sverre Rosmo, CEO of Inventory Investment AS. " They are now taking the step into an elite category of companies. We are thrilled and honored to have them as a customer, and we look forward to a long-term jointly energizing partnership"

About Icopal
The Icopal Group delivers high end products for flat and pitched roofing and offers a broad service range including installation services. Icopal's core business is waterproofing with particular focus on membranes but also related building materials.In Norway, Icopal have 400 emplyees with a turnover of 1 Billion NOK. Icopal is the market leader with high focus on quality, both on products and services.

- See more at: http://www.blueridgeinventory.com/about/Building-Materials-Supplier-Constructs-Future-with-Supply-Chain-Visibility-Enhancements#sthash.KtWgRJgr.dpuf
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