Accenture, Blue Yonder: scaling supply chain transformation

By Sean Galea-Pace
Accenture and Blue Yonder are helping clients across a range of industries by offering intelligent, customer-centric supply chain transformations...

In a bid to overcome uncertainty, the organisations are helping clients across retail, consumer goods and high tech industries through transformations that capitalise on the benefits of a cloud-first approach.

Accenture’s research shows that over three-quarters (76%) of supply chain and operations C-suite executives agree that their company will accelerate its digital transformation, as well as scale its emphasis on using the cloud.

“Companies are under incredible pressure to reimagine and transform their supply chains to be more responsive, efficient, sustainable and resilient to enable purpose-led growth – and they’re prioritizing cloud at the core of their efforts,” said Kris Timmermans, senior managing director and Accenture’s global Supply Chain & Operations lead. “Expanding our alliance with Blue Yonder will provide our joint clients the necessary tools and visibility to actively respond to disruptions in their supply chains, while also reinforcing the cloud-first approach as a key tenet of digital supply chain transformation.”

Through working together, Accenture and Blue Yonder have helped a number of clients worldwide address the most pressing supply chain challenges with cloud-based solutions. For example, Accenture and Blue Yonder have previously worked together to help Essity, a health and personal care firm in Europe and North America, to create a central transport control tower during the COVID-19 pandemic to gain transparency and increase efficiency. As a result, Essity was able to mitigate the impact on its business due to better decision-making processes that allow the company to leapfrog the competition. 

Accenture and Blue Yonder have also previously worked together with industry-leading food service and packaging firm Pactiv to deliver true end-to-end supply chain management, from planning through fulfillment to warehouses and transportation. The system and leading-edge approach allowed Pactiv to optimise decision-making across the entire supply chain, driving operational efficiencies, strong customer service and saving tens of millions of dollars annually.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for real-time supply chain visibility and the ability to proactively plan for, and instantly adapt to, changing circumstances,” commented Mark Morgan, executive vice president – Worldwide Commercial Business, Blue Yonder. “Together with Accenture, we will drive greater client value with proven methodologies that help companies achieve their visions for resilient supply chains by putting cloud at the centre.” 

Accenture and Blue Yonder will continue to provide advanced supply chain expertise and solutions throughout the entire value chain from planning to logistics and offer end-to-end visibility while also accelerating existing client journeys to a more cost-effective and agile cloud architecture. 


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