boom! names MSD as founding sponsor of new community for women in supply chain sector
One of the world’s leading pharmaceutical organisations, Merck & Co. (MSD), has been announced as the founding sponsor of a new community for women working in the supply chain sector.
The community, boom!, was launched earlier this year with the aim of improving the role and careers of women working in supply chain across the globe.
It is anticipated that MSD will become a corporate member of boom! and will provide its employees with access to the community’s learning and professional development resources, support and connections in addition to its role as sponsor.
“I’m delighted and honoured by MSD’s decision to support boom!,” commented Beth Morgan, Founder & CEO of boom! “Our community is designed not only to empower women but also to help leaders of supply chain organisations to understand and nurture female talent in a way that creates a richness of opportunity for all. At a time when women fill just over a tenth of senior positions in the supply chain, our aim is to reach the people who will be tomorrow’s leaders. MSD is not only investing in its own future but is helping us to work towards gender parity in the supply chain profession as a whole.”
“There are many talented women in the supply chain sector who will benefit from the global reach of boom!,” added Quentin Roach, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Supplier Management and Workplace & Enterprise Services Groups at MSD. “With a personal priority on enhancing and advancing diverse talent within the supply chain profession, we’re proud to be supporting this important initiative which will continue to prepare extraordinary personnel at every stage in the talent pipeline while giving a much-needed boost to the progress that women have already made in their supply chain careers. We are very excited to be able to offer our own colleagues access the inspiration, learning and support that is offered by the boom! community.”
Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe
Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm.
Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients.
“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”
Who are Blue Horseshoe?
- Founded: 2001
- CEO: Chris Cason
- Employees: 349
- Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
- Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands
Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner.
Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books.
“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”
Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.